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Posted on November 6, 2013 in Product Reviews by Katie
One of the things that made me fall in love with polymer clay was the friendliness, support, & sharing that takes place within the polymer community. Like all good things, this can often be taken advantage of and people who have worked hard to develop and freely share techniques & tutorials can be sabotaged. I (like many other artists) believe in sharing. I too want you to find your creative “sweet spot.” Because of the communities that have been set up online by diligent and dedicated people, particularly on FaceBook, I have had the opportunity to meet some wonderful artists that I likely would not have met any other way.
I love supporting handmade and handmade artists, some, like Meg Newberg, I have had the joy to get to know and feature here on the blog. Today I introduce to you a wonderful lady, Ginger. She is so sweet, inexpressively creative, and has created a slew of polymer tutorials. Ginger was kind enough to send me a free copy of her most recent tutorial for newbie polymer beginners entitled “Getting Up to Speed in Polymer Clay.” This is a primer, a resource for those who are brand new to polymer. This ebook is 20 pages long and is available for purchase directly from her Etsy store.
Personally, there is no way I would classify Ginger’s Primer a “how-to” in getting started; I would classify it instead as a “guide.” However, since that’s nothing more than semantics, let’s get on with it … This eBook is exactly what she says it is: “Getting Up to Speed.” Honestly, when I began claying over 6 years ago making my own beads for jewelry, I WISH there was a document like this. I started my claying journey on a whim in the craft store, went home & ventured onto YouTube. I bet you can guess how it ends … I did so many things WRONG and ruined a lot of clay, simply because I didn’t know any better. You know all those YouTube videos that tell you to use clear nail polish as a final glaze … yeah, I fell victim to that really bad advice. And I know others that have as well… Ginger’s eBook will save you (and your clay) from all those beginner mistakes that people tell you to do when you really shouldn’t because you stumbled onto the wrong blog, website, or video.
Ginger talks about types of clay, what types you should use and even the importance of using tutorial recommendations, conditioning & its importance, baking your pieces, color & blending, safety with clay, varnishes, & even a bonus section (in my opinion) on making mistakes. I love the making mistakes portion … why? This guide is written for people who are new to clay. I teach lessons in my home studio and the one thing every new clayer has in common is their fear of making mistakes. New clayers are horrifically afraid of making mistakes. This means that they aren’t trying new things out of fear. Ginger tackles this in an entire page and even reminds you that there are only two real mistakes … I won’t spoil it here … but let’s just say I agree 100%.
Ginger is also sweet enough to include in the very last pages links to places where you can buy supplies, clay, & more online (I wish I had this 6 years ago). She also recommends several websites that you can peruse for tutorials, projects, inspiration and more. Thank you Ginger, for honoring my hard work in your reference section by mentioning the website. You are a doll!
You can not beat the price point of this eBook. It’s only $3.00, which in most cases is equivalent to a package of clay. This means that for the cost of 1 package of clay (or less), you could be saving yourself from ruining the next 10 packages of clay because you made one of the 2 killer mistakes! This eBook is perfectly suited for someone who’s never worked with clay before. As a matter of fact, I will be sending ALL my new clay students to Ginger’s store to purchase this eBook & read it before they come to my studio. In other words, if you are new to clay, don’t waste any time. Go buy this book now!
Thanks for joining me today,