by Steven Ford, Leslie Dierks Availability: Usually ships within 24 hours. Paperback - 128 pages (March 1996)
Here's a pop quiz: What single material can be modeled, molded, carved, woven, turned on a lathe and more, yet never chips, fades or shrinks? The answer can only be polymer clay. Artists rave about the endless possibilities of polymer clay, and the immediacy of spectacular results. Taking on appearances similar to ceramics, glass, beads, ivory, clay, plastic, wood, and even metal, it's like having dozens of materials in one package. The tools and training are minimal in this medium, leaving your imagination free to wander. Dozens of vibrant photos of works from myriad artists demonstrate some of the infinite possibilities. First, practice the special methods for creating basic shapes, transferring images, simulating natural materials, press molds, painting, and canework. Then combine these techniques and follow the instructions to make any of the 26 illustrated designs--or try your own. Create jewelry, baskets, buttons, mosaics, candlesticks, mirrors, Christmas tree ornaments, clocks, bowls, and much, much more. As the artists here will testify, you'll be treated to countless years of fun and wonder with this unique craft. Selected by Book-of-the-Month Crafter's Choice Book Club.
Fantastic source of ideas with projects and photos
April 7, 1998 Reviewer: firstname.lastname@example.org from Vancouver, Canada If you're looking for inspiration, the photos and the projects in this book are for you.Gives some basic step by step caneing instructions as well as an intricate butterfly design. Much more. I hope you enjoy this as much as I have.
Sets my mind awhirl with ideas and anticipation to be at it.
April 4, 1997 Reviewer: A reader This is one of the most inspiring books I have seen on polymer clay. It really does get my mind going with ideas and makes me want to get right to "work." It's clear and precise in instruction, as well as attractive to even look through. It's my favorite.
Inspiring feast for the eyes
May 22, 1996 Reviewer: A reader Although Nan Roche's 'The New Clay' remains the standard in this medium, Ford and Dierks' 'Creating with Polymer Clay' is a feast for the eyes. Basic information on techniques and a project section are included, however, I would have preferred more of those beautiful gallery pictures.