This week the pumpkin Jack O’ Lanterns are polymer clay pins that I have made. Each has its own personality. Each appeals to a variety of different people. Each one is fun in its own way. Halloween is an exciting and fun holiday for everyone, the young and the older child in all of us.
Although I’m not into making Polymer clay beads I really like this book, Making Polymer Clay Beads by Carol Blackburn. Its a paper back instruction book of 128 pages and retails for $24.95 or $17.36 on Amazon.com.
This book is great for the Polymer Clay beginner for seasoned artist. It starts with describing the many tools you may need or want to work effectively with the clay. It has detailed pictures and instructions on ‘how-to’ make canes, from simple rolls to a beautiful kaleidoscope, that can then be layered over beads of any shape. I love this because making canes that are interesting and balanced is very hard indeed. There are many ideas and examples in easy to follow step by step instructions with illustrations.
It continues with techniques of ‘how-to’ make polymer clay look like wood, leather, coral, abalone, jade, turquoise, and onyx, just to name a few. These make wonderful beads or whatever an artist can imagine.
It then demonstrates how to assemble beads into jewelry and finishes with a gallery of fantastic completed pieces of art done by accomplished artists.
I find that this book is helpful with design ideas and I would recommend this book to any one interested in polymer clay, beading or design.
My daughter gave me this book for Christmas last year. I love the step by step instructions with pictures for polymer clay and mixed media projects. This book is fun and informative. It is made with sturdy glossy card stock paper, which is nice but makes it hard to keep the book open to the page as you’re following the directions. The pictures are colorful and detailed. There are great projects and ideas for different degrees of abilities for any crafters. The author Christi Friesen is imaginative, creative, talented and funny. There are quirky footnotes and amusing stories throughout the instructions. This book is a lot of fun.
The only problem with the book is that it is coming apart because the card stock pages are not able to bend easy at the binding. The other books by this author (This is the 8th) are made with regular gloss paper and hold together much better and also have beautiful illustrations.