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New Publications for January

If you have been a PolyPubs subscriber for some time, you already know what this is all about.  Go ahead and skip the next few paragraphs.

If you are a regular blog reader, you may have noticed one of these “publications” posts roughly a month ago.  I didn’t bother to explain it then, so I thought maybe I ought to now.  This is the latest entry in the monthly PolyPubs series.  PolyPubs is short for Polymer Clay Publications and was originally a monthly mailing list I managed through Yahoo Groups.  I’ve now integrated it into my blog, and you will begin to see it mixed in with my other posts.

I put my geek on last month, when I integrated all this, and I made it so that any posts in the “polypubs” category would have their own special formatting, and feel like it’s a part of a PolyPubs website.  I think it’s pretty cool.  You should click on New Publications for January up there and check it out for yourself.

You can learn more about PolyPubs, its history and its future here.  And now, on with this month’s list!

Clay Art for Special Occasions

Miyai, Yukiko
Hardcover Book (Island Heritage, 2009)

ISBN: 1597007552
74 pages
List Price: $19.95

Soft air-dry clay creations require no baking and allow for complex and beautiful effects based on surprisingly simple handwork. Clay Art for Special Occasion shows crafters how to create a wide range of gorgeous flowers from plumeria to hibiscus, floral arrangements, leis and decorations for gift boxes, even seasonal ornaments. Author Yukiko Miyai provides basic instructions, materials lists, strategies for mixing colors, techniques for shaping the clay and making leaves and stems, how to attach flowers to stems, and more. Step-by-step photographs assure spectacular results every time.

Complete Book of Polymer Clay

Pavelka, Lisa
Paperback Book (Taunton Press, 2010)

ISBN: 1600851282
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.

Polka Dot Cottage Hearts

Clarke, Lisa
Downloadable PDF eBook (Polka Dot Creations, 2010)

6 pages
List Price: $10.00

Buy this eBook

Special note: 20 copies of this tutorial are available for the same price, at the Craft Hope Etsy shop, and another 20 copies are available through Hearts for Haiti at Etsy. Please consider buying your copy in either shop, as the proceeds are all being donated to Doctors Without Borders, when purchased through them. Thank you!

If you’ve ever been tempted to learn polymer clay, but were intimidated by the long list of necessary supplies, you’ll like these hearts. They are simple to make for the beginner, and no specialized or expensive tools are required.

You will learn how to condition clay, apply patterns, form heart shapes, and cure into a hardened pendant via a 6-page image-rich PDF.

You can leave the heart matte, paint on a shiny gloss, or, if you desire a more polished and professional look, instructions are given for sanding and buffing your pendant as well.

This pattern provides a simple way to get your feet wet with polymer clay, without investing in any expensive tools or equipment.

Metal Clay Artist Volume 1 Issue 1

Miscellaneous Contributors

Magazine (Metal Clay Artist, 2009)
List Price: $7.99

Buy this Magazine

Metal Clay Artist Magazine is a publication devoted to the metal clay arts. This magazine is written for and by metal
clay artists of all levels! It strives to share and develop ideas, promote education and increase appreciation for the work done by those at the top of the field. Featured are information, interesting articles, guides, tips,
artist profiles, and resources for metal clay artists.

Metal Clay Artist Volume 1 Issue 2

Miscellaneous Contributors

Magazine (Metal Clay Artist, 2010)
List Price: $7.99

Buy this Magazine

Metal Clay Artist Magazine is a publication devoted to the metal clay arts. This magazine is written for and by metal
clay artists of all levels! It strives to share and develop ideas, promote education and increase appreciation for the work done by those at the top of the field. Featured are information, interesting articles, guides, tips,
artist profiles, and resources for metal clay artists.

PolymerCAFE February 2010

Curran, Beth and Dukic, Jeannie K. and Friedland, Anke and Ottenbreit, Karen and Knopic, Marilyn Ray and Frum, Elizabeth and Herren, Michelle and Lecomte, Laurie

Magazine (Scott Publications, 2009)
66 pages
List Price: $6.99

Buy this Magazine

PolymerCAFE is a full-color bimonthly print magazine dedicated to providing news, instruction, and events to hobbyists and enthusiasts in the world of polymer clay. The magazine contains columns that range from beginner’s instruction to professional level craft and business information. Other article types include how-to, profiles of polymer clay artists, hints and tips, children’s, and product reviews.

This issue’s projects include:

  • Easy Snowflake Cane Earrings – Beth Curran
  • Wrapped Hearts – Jeannie K. Dukic
  • Elegant Necklace – Anke Friedland
  • Alaskan Canned Red Salmon – Karen Ottenbreit
  • Faux Jasper Cabochon Bezel Necklace – Marilyn Ray Knopic
  • The Flower Power Challenge Winners
  • Snow Lady – Elizabeth Frum
  • Alcohol Ink Mokume Gane – Michelle Herren
  • A Lovely Heart Coaster – Laurie Lecomte

Plus many other features!

Expected Soon

Perfectly Paired

Kimle, Patricia
Paperback Book (Krause Publications, APR 10)

ISBN: 0871162946
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)

ISBN: 0823099016
160 pages
List Price: $22.99

Welcome to Sherri Haab’s home studio

You’re invited to bestselling author and crafter extraordinaire Sherri Haab’s studio—where her inspired jewelry designs come to life. In Sherri Haab Jewelry Inspirations, you’ll see just what makes Sherri’s pieces special, from concept to creation. Supported by the detailed, step-by-step instructions that Sherri’s readers and students have come to expect, these 25 projects will do more than teach you new techniques in jewelrymaking—they’ll encourage you to seek out what inspires you.

Sherri gathers inspiration from all areas of her life and shares how her childhood memories, personal collections, love of cooking and gardening, early crafting experiences, and favorite times of the year become the basis for her charming jewelry designs. There’s inspiration all around you, and Sherri shows you how to find it. Sherri also demonstrates techniques in wirework, resin, polymer clay, metal clay, and image transfer. You’ll discover the exciting new art of resin clay and a new eco-friendly copper-etching technique. With these tips and techniques at your fingertips, and Sherri’s help in seeing how your everyday life can inspire you, there’s no limit to the beautiful jewelry you can create!

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