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Another month has come and gone and it’s time to kick off summer with my favorite of all Christi’s books: Birds of a Feather. With summer comes outside activities, vacations, time with friends, and for many much less time in your studios. Because of this we are taking two summer months to have some fun, relax, and play!
I really enjoy all of Christi’s books, but there are some polymer clay books that I LOVE to review and this is one of those books. I do not necessarily have a “thing” for birds, (okay, maybe I do a little bit). This book is jam PACKED with awesome tutorials, tips, fun, and or course Christi’s humor.
Please note this awesomeness: The original book is out of print, however, Christi has a NEW book (the Revised and Expanded Edition) out which can now readily be purchased.
This book is nothing like Christi’s previous Beyond Sculpture books. This book is filled with tons of projects, links to free projects online, and even supplemental materials. As I stated above, this is my favorite Christi Friesen book in the Beyond Sculpture series. The colors, the birds, the fun, the humor … there’s not ONE project I don’t like in this book. Overall polymer clay book review grade: “A+” a five star tutorial book!
SURPRISE: Because this is my favorite book and there are so many awesome tutorials, we will be spending TWO months on this book!
In addition, because this is my favorite book for the next two months, I will be writing loads of free bird tutorials (and a few paid ones) for you to jump into your studio and clay around with! Don’t miss this week’s free tutorial, the Mallard Duck, a quick and easy bird project!
The projects for this month will be varied. For those PDFs & projects that are already published online, I will be featuring an alternative project ideas as those projects / tutorials can not be duplicated. Because this book has been out of print for so long, projects from outside the book, using the books theme of “birds” will be pulled and used. In addition, I will be placing a “linky” on this blog so you can upload all your bird projects from the summer months.
June 14th – Lil’ Blob Birds (pgs. 34-35)
June 21st – Peacock Project (photo examples on pg. 44)
June 28th – Owl Tutorial from the CF Website (start of pg. 43 then finish with the online tutorial)
July 5th – Penguin Projects (see examples 39)
July 12th – Flamingo (pgs. 36-38)
July 19th – Bird (from the Polymer Clay and Mixed Media at Last book)
July 26th – Phoenix (different project idea pgs. 30-33)
The Friesen Project is done in conjunction with Christi Friesen. All tutorials are retaught here with her expressed permission. Please make sure to read about the project here, and get answers to the most common FAQS here. If you would like to join the project, feel free to sign up here.
See you next Friesen Friday,