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New Publications for December

Edle Schmuck-Unikate & Accessoires aus Polymer-Clay

Welker, Bettina
Book (Beadworx)
List Price: $29.00

Or, in English, Fine Jewelry and Unique Accessories from Polymer Clay

Bettina Welker has an exceptional eye for color, pattern, and design. In this, her first book, she provides:

  • detailed step-by-step tutorials on 14 appealing, contemporary jewelry and accessory projects
  • an elaborate basics section on polymer clay principles, materials and tools
  • an inspiring gallery stuffed with jewelry, art and accessories made by national and international clay artists

Dive into the colorful world of polymer clay. Get inspired by the versatility and endless possibilities that this art medium has to offer and find your way to your very own polymer clay designs.

Important Notes

  • The book is written in German. There will be an English translation of the projects section only included with your order.

Innovations Beyond 2D Dimensional Jewelry Designs

Benzon, Jana Roberts
DVD-R DVD (AbbaDabba, 2009)

128 minutes
List Price: $34.99

Learn how to create three different jewelry pieces, all styled after Jana’s signature designs using polymer clay millefiori canes: the “Origami” Pendant, the “Goddess” Pendant, and “Ethnic Tapestry” Earrings. This dimensional jewelry is lightweight yet sturdy (Jana teaches tricks for creating super strong pieces!), and has a delicate, layered look that invites people to pick up the piece, and examine the alluring hidden spaces and interesting shapes.

This DVD is full of new and innovative tips about reviving old millefiori canes and forming them into various interesting and undulating shapes. In addition, Jana teaches new tips for making uniform cane slices, symmetrical (not lopsided!) pendants, and how to create a “self bail” out of matching millefiori canes so that your pendants are cohesive little works of art!

Steampunkery

Friesen, Christi
Project Book (CF Originals, 2009)

96 pages
List Price: $14.95

Steampunkery? What’s that about?

Well, start with ‘steampunk’. ‘Steampunk’ is a look– a sort of Victorian-era mad scientist-adventurer look- all clockwork gears and brassy bits, leathery straps, and even the occasional bit of lacey filigree. Now apply that look to polymer clay creativity and you have ‘steampunkery’! a wonderful way to combine polymer clay sculpting tricks (like making a miniature leather strap complete with wire buckle and tiny little fake stiching) with embellishments of vintage pieces (like watch parts), found objects (like old pen nibs), and stuff you’ve got in your craft stash (like beads and paper scraps). Doesn’t that sound like fun?!

There is a lot to enjoy in this book- a hinged heart pendant that opens to reveal it’s inner workings, cute little steampunk critters (complete with goggles of course) and other fun stuff– pendants, sculptures, wall pieces, even thing you can add to costumes, if you’re into that sort of thing.

All the projects are presented step-by-step with lots of pictures and thorough explanations (with some silliness thrown in, just for fun). It doesn’t matter what your skill level, the projects are challenging without being stressful, and structured without being confining. Plus there are lots of hints and creative nudgings to help keep your creative gears turning.

Steampunkery. You know you want it.


Expected Soon

Complete Book of Polymer Clay

Pavelka, Lisa
Paperback Book (Taunton Press, FEB 10)
224 pages
List Price: $24.95

If crafts are big, then clay is colossal. From pins and pendants to bracelets, buttons, and embellishments, crafters of all ages are embracing the creativity that polymer clay inspires. This encyclopedic book by renowned expert Lisa Pavelka includes the latest techniques, handy tips, and trade secrets. Pavelka presents a sweeping overview of materials, how-to fundamentals, and construction techniques. She also introduces six original projects with complete instructions showing readers how to make pendants, curio boxes, a necklace, and a bracelet. Clear, concise, and comprehensive, this is an essential addition to any crafter’s library, no matter his or her skill level. For even more inspiration, this indispensable reference features a gallery of 50 original projects by Pavelka and other talented polymer clay designers.

Perfectly Paired

Kimle, Patricia

Paperback Book (Krause Publications, APR 10)
112 pages
List Price: $21.95

Each stunning project in Perfectly Paired: Designing Jewelry with Polymer and Metal Clays explores the interplay of textures and colors by combining two beautiful media: polymer clay and metal clay. Clear, concise writing and thorough step-by-step photos make rich inspiration for aspiring polymer or metal clay artists. The elegant jewelry pieces laid out here include pendants, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, pins, and charms. More than 20 sophisticated projects include variations and ideas that showcase each medium at its best.

Sherri Haab Jewelry Inspirations

Haab, Sherri

Paperback Book (Watson-Guptill, MAR 10)
160 pages
List Price: $22.99

This title offers an inside look at what inspires jewellery-making expert and bestselling how-to author. For jewelry crafters who want great projects and step-by-step instruction for a variety of popular mediums, it includes 25 stunning new projects. In “Sherri Haab Jewelry Inspirations”, jewellery designer, instructor and author Sherri Haab invites jewellery crafters into her home studio to learn all about what inspires her to create her fresh, charming designs, while also providing her signature comprehensive instruction on a variety of popular techniques. The book begins with an introductory section, ‘In the Studio’, which offers guidance on how to cultivate ideas and provides an overview of essential techniques, including wirework, polymer clay, metal clay, resin and image transfer, along with information on resin clay and an eco-friendly technique for etching copper. Sherri then shares her personal archives, collections and reminiscences in five chapters that each offer two sources of inspiration in 25 new projects.


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