Polymer Clay Book Review: Down Under by Christi Friesen

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Friesen Fridays - Book 5 Book Review & Weekly Projects for the 2013 Friesen Project by KatersAcres

G’day Mate

A new month is here with new projects, new fun, and awesome adventures in store for us! Christi once again takes us on a new adventure, this time “Down Under” with this fresh and fun Beyond Sculpture Series Book.  Step inside and lets see what’s in store for us this month as we do a brief polymer clay book review, overview of projects, and a surprise free project you won’t find anywhere else, but here.

What To Expect:

Book 5 DOWN UNDER CoverThere’s a variety of fun, excitement, and adventure in Christi’s 5th book in the Beyond Sculpture Series, “Down Under.”  From Koala’s, platypus, aborigine artwork, and echidnas and Tasmanian devils (growl).  There’s a wealth of projects and information in this awesome book.

Weekly Project Lists:

  • May 3rd – Book Review and Giveaway
  • May 10th – Aborigine Art
    • You’re going to make a take a “Down Under” character, sketch it, and hone your skills at making something that looks ancient and stylized at the same time.
  • May 17th – Echidna
    • I’ve never seen an Echidna … but the project in Christi’s book on pages 42-44 couldn’t be cuter!  So after delving 60,000 years in the past for the Aborigine art, it’s time to have some fun!
  • May 24th – Tazmanian Devil 
    • You won’t see a Tazmanian Devil in Christi’s book except an Aborigine styled Devil.  This week I’ll bring you my own tutorial on how to create a cute, cuddly, and often fright inducing cutie!  This tutorial will be given to you in PDF style, so you can print it and take it into your studio with you.  You won’t want to miss this.
  • May 31st – Koala Sculpture
    • See that cute sculpture on the front of the book – yep, you’re going to make one of your own.  Doesn’t that sound like fun? I think it will be.

How Are You Doing?

If you have been journeying with me and the rest of the Friesen Project crew for the past 16 weeks, let us know how you are doing with the projects.  Are you up to date, are you behind?  Which project have you enjoyed the most?  What kind of tutorials do you like the best?  Don’t forget that you can get all the projects and see what you’ve missed here.

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The Friesen Project

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See you next Friesen Friday,
Until then, Happy Claying,


5 thoughts on “Polymer Clay Book Review: Down Under by Christi Friesen

  1. We’re doing this for 16 weeks already ?!?! Where does the time go?

    I know I haven’t been posting (pictures) as I should have been doing, nor claying as I would have liked to but I LOVE to see other people’s creations on your FB page and Pinterest! 🙂

    As to if I am up-to-date with the projects…far from it actually. I did do the projects from book 1 (Dragons) and book 3 (Under the sea); missed, or missing, book 2 and 4 and I’m not a huge ‘cat person’… Maybe an idea for Christi to come out with a dog book for us dog lovers out here? LOL

    Other reason why I haven’t been making the book 2 and 4 projects (which I could have done, following your awesome tutorials) is lack of time. I’m working on some big dragons and other dragon ideas and my niece is getting married on May 19th and she asked us to make her wedding cake and zombies to go on it. Zombies of all things, on a wedding cake!? Oh well, to each their own, right? So now I am trying to figure out how to make the cake topper according to their description, done with the zombies that are going to crawl around the cake…

    I do plan on working along with the Down Under book, even though I don’t have the book (yet) but your tutorials give a lot of great pointers and explanations and enough to tag along without the book and experiment on my own. Can’t wait to see the Aborigine Art and the Tazmanian Devil.

    Our oldest male dog is called Taz and every time I have to take him to our vet, he always makes these little horns by twirling his hair on his head, making him look like a devil LOL And Taz just sits there and lets him do it too 😉

    Thank you for everything you’re doing and hope you’ll have a great Sunday!

    1. Hey Astrid – I love it when you stop by! I’m glad you’re still with us and claying along as you want and as you can. I can’t wait to see more of your projects!

  2. You have done a great job on this project. I have had a good time. It had made me get in my studio more often and try things I wouldn’t have tried from the books. Keep up the good work

  3. Love your work and inspirations. “Friesen Friday” is one of favorite email per week. Great inspiration for the weekend.
    As for “Down Under” give away, “YAY!”

    1. I’m so glad you look forward to receiving it so much. Have a great weekend!

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