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New Publications for December, January, and February

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.

Polymer Clay 101

Mabray, Angela and Otterbein, Kim

Hardcover Spiral Bound DVD + Book (Creative Publishing International, 2010)
ISBN: 1589234707
192 pages
List Price: $24.99

A Complete Polymer Clay Crafting Course in a Book

Have you always wanted to try crafting with polymer clay, but weren’t sure how to begin? Polymer Clay 101 is a great place to start. Written for the absolute beginner, these thorough instructions and step-by-step photographs expertly guide you through the basics of crafting with polymer clay. Authors Angela Mabray and Kim Otterbein will teach you all about the tools and techniques used for this unique craft material. Each of the twenty projects in the book introduces a new way to get creative with polymer clay. As you explore this all-inclusive workshop, you will gain confidence in your skills and be encouraged to design your own projects.

You’ll also learn how to:

  • Condition, blend, shape, and bake the clay

  • Make PC canes and use them in creative ways
  • Marble, stamp, extrude, mold, carve, and embed the clay
  • Make jewelry, tool handles, knick-knacks, or ATCs

Polymer Clay 101 also includes a DVD so you can watch polymer clay crafting in action.

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.

From Polymer to Art BLUE #1 2011

Volkova, Oksoon and Overdijk, Anja and Arzalier, Sophie and Botton, Cecilia and van Haasen, Els and Böhmer, Margit and Verhoeff, Jellina and van Loon, Joyce and Garcia de Léaniz, Natalia and Atkins, Robin and Mika, Laurie and Lam, Loretta and Weltman, Ronna Sarvas and Backer, Sabine

Magazine (From Polymer to Art, 2011)
List Price: $15.75

Buy this Magazine

“From Polymer To Art” is a new international, English written, polymer art magazine.

This new glossy is an arty, fashionable magazine, all about polymer clay art!
Every edition has its starting point within a colour. So coloured quarterly themes!

PolymerCAFE April 2011

Reno, Lynn and Muniz, Priscilla and Muronaka, Cassy and Vincent, Kay and Eash, Wanda M. and Leder, Eve and Kelly, Judy and Orlowski, Wendy
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:

  • Lynn Reno’s Polymer Machinations – Joan Clipp
  • Industrial Scrap Pendant – Lynn Reno
    Pottery Design Pendant – Priscilla Muniz
    Mother Nature’s Illuminated Polymer Clay Tree – Cassy Muronaka
    Voilá! Viola – Kay Vincent
    Victorian Elegance Necklace and Earrings – Wanda M. Eash
    Beads! Challenge Winners – We have the winners of this contest.
    Mica Shift Pendant – Eve Leder
    Tiny Flower Pots – Judy Kelly
    CaBezels with a Textured Frame – Wendy Orlowski

Plus many more features and columns!

PolymerCAFE February 2011

Mitchell, Ann and Mitchell, Karen and Ivester, Suzanne and Karina, Cat and Callahan, Tracy and Mowat, Kellie and Mabray, Angela and McMillan, Dotty and Clipp, Joan and Brady, Marlene
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:

  • Magnificent Malachite – Ann Mitchell and Karen Mitchell
  • Chop and Toss Lightly – Suzanne Ivester
  • Poly-quilled Snowflake Necklace – Cat Karina
  • Polymer Clay Iris on Canvas – Tracy Callahan
  • Victorian Metalwork Roses – Kellie Mowat
  • Mica Shift This! Challenge Winners
  • Faux Mosaic Clock – Angela Mabray
  • The Many Lives of Dotty McMillan – Joan Clipp
  • An Egg-ceptional Centerpiece – Marlene Brady
  • Plus many more features and columns!

Clay Classics

Eakes, Julie
Full Color Project Book (Design Originals, 2011)
ISBN: 1574216945
52 pages
List Price: $16.99

Whether you are new to Zentangle or are new to polymer clay, this book will ignite your creativity. Have fun and relax with tangles interpreted into polymer clay. Julie illustrates valuable techniques. She shows how to draw tangles on clay with a Sakura Pigma Micron permanent ink pen, make black-white cane designs, silk screen tangle images, make transfers on clay, and incise lines into polymer clay. You will love every method and project. Create stunning jewelry, earrings, beads, bracelets, medallions and boxes.

The CF Sculpture Series Woodland Creatures

Friesen, Christi
Project Book (CF Originals, 2011)
ISBN: 0980231477
48 pages
List Price: $9.95

Fuzzy, furry, fluffy fun is in store for you in the pages of Woodland Creatures, the 7th book in Christi Friesen’s “Beyond Projects” series. This polymer clay how-to book packs in a lot of tricks and techniques to boost your creativity.

Polymer clay is a wonderful art medium, and best of all, it is absolutely perfect for combining with so many other art materials, as the designs in this book will show you! You’ll make a fluffy squirrel with a wool tail, a carved fox faerie with paper wings, a rabbit covered in silver leaf (it makes him look like a precious metal antique), a bead-accented moose head, and more!

Christi’s humorous writing-style make it as much fun to read this book as it is to look at the pictures (and there are a lot of pictures!) Clear instructions, step-by-step details and hints on taking the ideas beyond the projects and into creative areas of your own, make this volume a must-have book for your craft library!

Woodland Creatures is cute, cuddly… and just a little wild.

Expected Soon

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 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.

From Polymer to Art GREEN #2 2011

Miscellaneous Contributors

Magazine (From Polymer to Art, 2011)
List Price: $15.75

Buy this Magazine

“From Polymer To Art” is a new international, English written, polymer art magazine.

This new glossy is an arty, fashionable magazine, all about polymer clay art!
Every edition has its starting point within a colour. So coloured quarterly themes!

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