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New Publications for July, August, September

Amazing Clay Flowers

Kawaguchi, Noriko

Paperback Book (Creative Publishing International, OCT 10)

ISBN: 158923572X
128 pages
List Price: $22.99

This book provides complete instruction for creating stunning life-like flowers in clay as well as ideas for creating beautiful and long-lasting floral arrangements. 22 unique flower and arrangement projects are divided into seasonal sections, Spring, Autumn, Winter, and Summer, followed by themed projects including bouquets and accessories. The book shows beautiful photography of each arrangement and then offers complete, photographic, step-by-step instruction for each. The amazing projects are full of intricate details and provide both inspiration for polymer clay and mixed-media artists as well as complete instruction.

The Art of Metal Clay, Revised and Expanded Edition (with DVD)

Haab, Sherri

Paperback Book (Watson-Guptill, 2010)

ISBN: 0823099326
160 pages
List Price: $24.99

Updated edition of the bestselling 2004 book. New information includes:

  • the new bronze and copper clays
  • new bead projects with lampworked glass
  • updated information on firing with precious stones
  • recently developed methods for etching
  • new techniques with pigments and enamels
  • companion DVD with four bonus projects

Beading Daily How to Make Polymer Clay Beads

Weltman, Ronna Sarvas

DVD (Interweave Press, 2010)

75 minutes
List Price: $29.99

Join artist and best-selling author Ronna Sarvas Weltman inexciting watch-and-learn lessons as she shows you step by step how to create fun and fabulous polymer clay beads.

Master polymer basics, such as proper conditioning, shaping, curing, and texturing. Boost your jewelry-making skills with a variety of fun techniques to make your own round beads, discs, and more!

Enhance your designs as you learn how to:

  • Find perfect harmony between color and form.
  • Shape easier with tips to keep clay from cracking.
  • Create one-of-a-kind beads from fat and funky to thin and delicate.
  • And more!

Shape your jewelry to fit your style—get started with these fun techniques today!

Beading Daily How to Shape, Texture, and Antique Wireworked Jewelry

Weltman, Ronna Sarvas

DVD (Interweave Press, 2010)

75 minutes
List Price: $29.99

Join artist and best-selling author Ronna Sarvas Weltman in 5 watch-and-learn lessons as she shows you step by step how to add depth and sophistication to simple wire jewelry.

Master texturing and antiquing basics as you boost your jewelry-making skills with a variety of fun techniques! Enhance your designs as you learn how to:

  • Perfect your technique with tool and material tips.
  • Add a personal touch to jewelry with your own clasps.
  • Make a fabulous ring in only 5 minutes!
  • And more!

Take your wire jewelry from simple to stunning—get started with these fun techniques today!

PolymerCAFE October 2010

Brady, Marlene and Ivester, Suzanne and Leder, Eve and Harrison, Arlene and Zhao, Jane and Davis, Sandra and Rufener, Shirley

Magazine (Scott Publications, 2010)

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 Leaf Necklace – Marlene Brady
  • Jumbo Bead Roller & Spiral Fan Pulls – Suzanne Ivester
  • Cabochon Heart Necklace – Eve Leder
  • Reel Jewelry – Arlene Harrison
  • Magazine Holder with Fantasy Flowers – Jane Zhao
  • Leaves, Leaves Everywhere Challenge Winners
  • Sandra’s Witch – Sandra Davis
  • Drop Leaf Earrings – Shirley Rufener
  • Plus many more features and columns!

Twenty to Make Polymer Clay Bears

Heywood, Birdy

Project Book (Search Press, 2010)

ISBN: 1844485048
48 pages
List Price: $9.95

Detailing an engaging process for both beginning and experienced modelers, this guide demonstrates how to craft lovable bear figures using affordable materials and simple modeling techniques. Beginning with dividing the polymer clay supply into the correct proportions to create the foundational figure Simple Bear, this overview then demonstrates how to form 20 additional bears such as Wedding Bear, Halloween Bear, Musician Bear, Do-it-Yourself Bear, and Baby Bear. Illustrating the constituent parts of the animals through step-by-step instructions and annotating them for clarity, this manual also depicts each finished bear, highlighting the designs of the entire assortment.

Twenty to Make Tasty Trinkets Polymer Clay Food Jewellery

Stowell, Charlotte

Project Book (Search Press, 2010)

ISBN: 1844485552
48 pages
List Price: $9.95

Demonstrating the entertaining and simple process for creating food-themed polymer clay beads, this guide also illustrates how to fashion them into attractive accessories. Beginning with advice about the few simple tools and the basic techniques needed to make the beads, this concise manual includes instructions on texturing and varnishing them to create realistic food models. An array of striking jewelry is featured, including chili charms, cupcake brooches, dolly mixtures necklaces, burger bracelets, fondant fancies earrings, and much more. Step-by-step instructions and detailed close-up photographs make these projects easily achievable, outlining the constituent parts of the beads along with clear instructions and annotations for clarity. With visually engaging examples of the finished ornaments in all their splendor, this handbook is a must-have for craftspeople and foodies who favor fun and funky jewelry.

Coming Soon

Making Jewelry from Polymer Clay

Arzalier, Sophie

Paperback Book (Stackpole Books, 2010)

ISBN: 081170694X
135 pages
List Price: $22.95

Making Jewelry from Polymer Clay

Masters Polymer Clay

Carren, Rachel

Paperback Book (Lark Books, 2011)

ISBN: 1600595847
330 pages
List Price: $24.95

This volume will present polymer art by approximately 40 artists.  The collection will bring together some of the best examples of early work in polymer, current art by well recognized artists, and an array of lesser known artists who are making their mark with the material.   Seeking to highlight outstanding works of jewelry, as well as functional and figurative design, this extensive gallery of images will include examples of many techniques: distinctive cane work, accomplished color harmonies, and diverse uses of mixed media.  The artist’s approaches to making art are vastly different.  Styles represented range from organic interpretations of nature, to emotional evocations and onto elegant renditions that are highly ornamental.   Each artist will be featured in their own section which will include a brief introductory essay by curator, Rachel Carren and then 8-12 images of their art work.   In addition, there will be a short introduction about the totality of the collection.  This volume will celebrate masterful artistic innovation and imagination in the ever expanding field of artists who are drawn to the enormous creative potential of polymer.

Polymer Clay 101

Mabray, Angela and Otterbein, Kim

Hardcover Book (Creative Publishing International, MAR 11)

ISBN: 1589234707
192 pages
List Price: $24.99

This book teaches all basics for crafting with polymer clay. With hundreds of detailed photos, this book covers tools and supplies, all types of beading technique, and terrific projects that will get you started and inspire you to take your skills and make your own custom designs.

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