Book Review: Polymer Clay Chinese Style by Han Han

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Polymer Clay Book Review:

Polymer Clay Chinese Style by Han Han

Book Information & Details

This is one of the first books of it’s kind. A book written with projects that fill a particular cultural genre or style … and I happen to LOVE that about Polymer Clay Chinese Style. However, there are likely that many who also find the book unfulfilling and tedious with projects that don’t appeal to them.

  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Shanghai Press; Hardcover with Jacket edition (May 3, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160220022X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602200227
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.6 x 10.2 inches

Publisher’s Description of the Book: 

Polymer clay can be transformed into a variety of objects, such as birds, animals, plants, and food. Have you ever tried to merge this western craft with Asian culture to explore another type of artistic aesthetics?

This book merges Western polymer clay making basics with Asian traditions to create practical, yet beautiful pieces of art for your home. In the chapters, you will find:

  • Unique techniques
  • Creative color combinations
  • Innovative lessons, including stem glassware decoration, coaster, switch cover, and a cellphone stand
  • Detailed instructions
  • Insights into Chinese culture

The instructions along with illustrations of the lessons are easy to follow. Through this learning process involving art, you can even come to understand more about yourself—what you like, your strengths, and what you can achieve. This is a way to learn how to work and listen to yourself, and how to deal with your emotions. It’s also an opportunity to stimulate your potential artistic power.

My Thoughts on Polymer Clay Chinese Style:

Polymer Clay Chinese Style by Han Han | Complete polymer clay book reviewThis is a fantastic book if you love and appreciate Chinese art, heritage, and design (which I do) then you will absolutely love this book. Go ahead and visit Amazon to see what some of the pages are like inside: full color, pristine layout, and detailed instructions. Sections in the book include the following:

  1. Getting to know polymer clay
    1. Characteristics
    2. Infusing with Chinese Elements
    3. Application and Preservation
  2. Preparations
    1. Tools
    2. Materials
    3. Baking
    4. Basic Techniques
      1. Basic Colors & Color Mixing
      2. Making Millefiori
  3. Introductory Lessons
    1. Ink-Wash Painting Bookmark
    2. A Shoal of Jade Fish
    3. Zongzi Leaf Nut Bowl
    4. Cloud Coaster
    5. Blue & White Decoration
    6. Phoenix Coat Hook
    7. Flour Food Clock on Chalkboard
    8. Wave Door Tag
    9. Paper cutting Napkin Ring
    10. Oil-Paper Umbrella Mug Lid
    11. Chinese Courtyard Bookend
    12. Phoenix Plate (One of my favorites)
  4. Advanced Lessons
    1. Fish Wind Chime (One of my favorites)
    2. Chinese Folk Art Tissue Box (One of my favorites)
    3. The Lady in Qipao
    4. Lotus Candle Holder
    5. Flower Notebook Cover
    6. Blue Calico Basket
    7. Lotus Place Card Holder
    8. Banquet Table Docor: The Elixir of Love

This book contains 20 individual projects and many different techniques. While this book doesn’t add any novel new techniques to polymer clay, it does have some great tips, tricks, and caning shortcuts. I will definitely be making several of the projects in this book and using them for my own home decor.

OVERALL: I give this book a 5 star rating.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Polymer Clay Chinese Style by Han Han

  1. The machine that kneads clay for you. Does it really work how much does it cost and is it worth it.

    1. It’s a very handy tool for old clay. If you don’t have old clay though, I’m not sure you will find it worthwhile. If you have arthritis or other hand issues, it may really help you!

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