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New Publications for October and November

Metal Clay Artist Volume 2 Issue 1

Miscellaneous Contributors
Magazine (Metal Clay Artist, 2010)
List Price: $8.99

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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 December 2010

Mowat, Kellie and Ford, Ginny and Weers, Judi and Samara, Julie and Brady, Marlene and Canuel, Kathy and Palumbo, Jill and Clipp, Joan
Magazine (Scott Publications, 2010)
66 pages
List Price: $6.99

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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:

  • Singing Angel Ornament – Kellie Mowat
  • Two-in-One Photo Album or Necklace – Ginny Ford and Judi Weers
  • Faux Turquoise Chain – Julie Samara
  • Squiggle Beads – Marlene Brady
  • Shiny Textured Baubles – Kathy Canuel
  • Both Sides of the Story – Jill Palumbo
  • How I Spent My Year – Joan Clipp
  • Plus many more features and columns!

Plaid Shawl Pin

Clarke, Lisa
Downloadable PDF Tutorial (Polka Dot Creations, 2010)
9 pages
List Price: $8.00

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Learn to make a plaid cane through a nontraditional use of a single Skinner blend. Use the cane in the construction of a shawl pin.If you are comfortable with the Skinner blend technique and can reduce and re-assemble millefiori canes, you can do this project. Instructions are given through an image-rich 9-page pdf.

Expected in 2011

Masters Polymer Clay

Carren, Rachel
Paperback Book (Lark Books, 2011)
ISBN: 1600595847
330 pages
List Price: $24.95

Featuring the world’s most dazzling and innovative work, this new entry in the Masters series focuses on the incredibly popular medium of polymer clay. Curator Rachel Carren has selected 40 artists who have their own distinctive style, exhibit fine workmanship, and have a unique vision they communicate through polymer. Vessels, jewelry, and sculptures of intricate design reflect a range of moods-from Kathleen Dustin’s poetically expressive art to the luscious colors and forms created by Lindly Huanani.

This collection brings 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 includes examples of many techniques: distinctive cane work, accomplished color harmonies, and diverse uses of mixed media. The artists’ 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.

Patterns in Polymer

Picarello, Julie
Paperback Book (Kalmbach Books, 2011)
ISBN: 0871164094
96 pages
List Price: $21.95

With her unmatched eye for color, color mixing and layering, well-known artist and fan favorite Julie Picarello helps beginners and advanced polymer artisans design, texture and finish gorgeous art beads using relatively simple techniques. In-depth introduction sections cover basics, color inspiration and recipes, and needed tools and materials. The book includes 7 mini projects and 10 finished jewelry projects, while callouts at the beginning of each project let the readers know exactly what specialized techniques will be learned. It’s the color that makes polymer clay truly exciting, and this book uses color like you’ve never seen it before.

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.

Polymer Clay Beads

Diffendaffer, Grant
Paperback Book (Lark Books, 2011)
ISBN: 1600596088
144 pages
List Price: $19.95

The popular 2008 book, now in paperback! Twenty different crafting methods – countless breathtaking beads, all made from easy to work with polymer clay! The varied techniques in this comprehensive skill-building book – many of which have never before been published – range from hand-formed tubes, spheres, wedges, teardrops, and baguettes to traditional mokume gane with fantastic layered effects. Add mica clay to create iridescent “ghost image” beads. Construct veneered pillow beads. Carve beads, press-mold them, or even use a cookie-cutter to get an array of fabulous shapes. Turn and form the bead on an extremely affordable craft lathe. Close-up photos show every step in the process, as well as the completed beads; some also appear as part of a finished piece of jewelry for inspiration.

Polymer Pizzazz 2

Miscellaneous Contributors
Paperback Book (Kalmbach Books, 2011)
ISBN: 0871164264
96 pages
List Price: $19.95

With over 25 jewelry projects from Bead and Button and Art Jewelry magazines, Polymer Pizzazz 2, a follow-up to the praised Polymer Pizzazz, focuses on the various ways polymer clay can be shaped, stamped, sculpted, and textured to make pendants, beads, and other jewelry components. In addition to basic techniques, readers learn how to achieve dramatic effects by mixing in other materials such as paints and pearlescent and metallic powders. This book also includes an introduction on how to use polymer, and is organized by technique for easy reference. Polymer Pizzazz 2 is a perfect progression to the next polymer level.

The Art of Jewelry Polymer Clay

Aimone, Katherine Duncan
Paperback Book (Lark Books, 2011)
ISBN: 1600596053
144 pages
List Price: $19.95

The popular 2006 book, now in paperback! Rarely has a volume featured so much pioneering work! With the latest translucent, metallic, and liquid polymers added to their arsenal, jewelry artists have pushed beyond the craft’s traditional boundaries and entered new creative worlds.

This collection of exquisite contemporary jewelry showcases that progress, offering inventive techniques, insights from contemporary creators, and eye-opening pieces by the premier innovators in polymer clay. With projects from well-known artists such as Lindly Haunani, Louise Fischer Cozzi and Judith Skinner, there is no shortage of inspiration.

And that’s just the start! Jennifer Bezingue, Leslie Blackford, Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Jacqueline Lee, Wendy Wallin Malinow, Sandra McCaw, Mari O’Dell, Pier & Penina, Stephanie Jones Rubiano, SL Savarick and Julia Converse Sober also contribute projects. All the pieces appear in beautiful color images, accompanied by the artists’ design tips and illuminating commentary.

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