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Posted on October 23, 2012 in Product Reviews by Katie Oskin
I am a 100% self-taught polymer clay artist…and from being involved in many different polymer clay communities, I’m NOT the only one! It turns out that most polymer clay artists are self-taught. On Tuesdays I usually give you some kind of a tip or trick to working with polymer clay. Today I’m going a step further. I’m giving you an entire book full of tips & tricks to help you as you learn to clay. That’s right, today I am doing polymer clay book reviews and hopefully will be able to do a book review every month for you!
Today I will introduce you to my favorite book in my arsenal of polymer clay books. For many clayers, we have that one special book that we use as a guide, motivation tool, and even as inspiration. When I was beginning to work with clay, I read this book over and over and over again. “The Complete Book of Polymer Clay” by Lisa Pavelka. I took it everywhere. In fact, due to heavy use, I had to buy a second copy. I have around 30 polymer clay books (and my collection is growing)…and while I have found many helpful, none have been as useful in going back to and using as reference and inspiration as this book. Trust me, it’s worth $20 it costs you to get this book!
Lisa gives a disclaimer for this book as well: “Considering the hundreds of techniques and applications for polymer clay, those known and those yet to be discovered, it would be impossible to offer the truly “complete” book of clay. As a part of a book series, this book is offered to provide a comprehensive collection of most of the commonly known and universal techniques and applications for polymer clay, including a few of my own.”
I bought this book when I knew nothing about polymer clay. Throughout my years of claying, I still read it often and use it for inspiration for color palettes, techniques, and new ideas too! You will get the most value from this book if you are at a beginning to intermediate polymer clay level artist. If you are advanced, there is nothing in this book that you probably haven’t already learned or tried before … that being said, the projects are awesome! This book covers everything from the basics: tools, supplies, types of clay, extra “stuff” to techniques like mokume gane, basic canes, stamping, foiling, combining elements and so much more.
You can get this book direct from direct from Amazon for under $20.
Do you have a favorite polymer clay book? Which book is your go to reference book for claying? Do you want a different book reviewed? Chances are I have it in my library and I’d be happy to do a full review. Do you want to see me make a project from this book? Let me know and I can do that too!
Thanks for joining me today,