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The Absolute Beginners Guide: Working With Polymer Clay
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Following the successful format of the Absolute Beginners Guide series, Working with Polymer Clay is a new option for beginners who want to expand their jewelry-making skills. Budding artists will learn how to make and shape beads, add texture, develop faux techniques, and more. Each project builds on the techniques learned in the previous lesson.

• Encourages experimentation with 24 exciting projects
• Features helpful tips and expert instruction on the basics, tools, and color
• Includes cane making for creative patterns
96 pages • 300 color photos
Price: $21.95
Product Number: 64537
ISBN: 9780871164537
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I have seen a lot of books on working with polymer clay, and I've even been asked to create a few beginner projects myself (scary thought!), so you'll have to pardon me for telling you about yet another polymer clay guide. THIS IS THE ONE YOU NEED! Lori Wilkes has written Working With Polymer Clay as an entry into the popular The Absolute Beginners Guide series by Kalmbach Books. Yes, folks, it is a winner.

So many of the polymer clay books look alike. You'll see pretty much the same techniques, advice, and even styles. Not so with this book. Plus, what you almost never get are projects of this quality. If you need to be convinced, just spend some time looking through Lori's websites: Millori and Lori Wilkes on Etsy.

Oh yeah...this is definitely someone that I want to learn clay from. Just because the techniques are for beginners doesn't have to mean that the projects are same old same old. Trust me, I know about that, because basic and same old is all I can do! I'm so happy to find a polymer clay book that has such beautiful beginner projects that I might just be persuaded to dig out my clay and try again!

One of my favorite styles, which Lori was kind enough to send me pictures of, is the transparent jelly roll cane earrings. I don't want to make earrings...I want a whole batch of cabochons for my bead embroidery!

This book is designed and written for absolute beginners. I wish I had had it when I first started using polymer clay. It includes all the basics from useful tools, shaping, colour, faux finishes and patterned canes and much more. Polymer clay is one of my favourite 'play' things. It's so versatile - the kids can even use it - make sure you supervise the 'baking' process. Yet it can also be used at a very high end jewellery level too.

Before you can do that, you need to know the basics and this book shows you everything you need to know from the beginning. It has clear instructions and very clear photos and is very easy to use. Within a few minutes you can be shaping your own beads or producing your own unique earrings or necklace - polymer clay is that easy. I absolutely adore the Faux Bone birds. This is an excellent book for beginners with lots of projects that will appeal.

-Karen Platt,
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