In addition to the standard sections on tools and basics, Nan provides a little information about color theory and design. Most of the instructions relate to cane and loaf construction though there are short sections on surface treatments, collage and sculpture.
I frequently refer to the appendix “About Plastics and Hazards” as, for many years, it was the only reference I could find about the chemical components of polymer clay and what we, as handlers of the material, need to be aware of.
The layout and photography is looking dated when compared to books produced today, but not to the extent that it detracts from the content. It is interesting to note that Nan’s brother Chris Roche took all the photographs and her mother, Sue Roche capably completed the illustrations, which are bountiful.
There’s a project for making window cling transfers.
You’ll also find instructions on covering tins with clay, and then decorating them.
I like the polymer clay postcards and the natural stone look beads. Many of the projects have a metallic sheen.
If you are a fan of metal leaf, foil, Rub ‘n Buff or Pearl Ex Powders, this book will be right up your alley.
This book is available in many crafts stores, and was published in 2002 by Suzanne McNeill Design Originals.
I became a fan of Laurie Mika the minute I laid eyes on her wall icons and boxes.
North Light Books have a flair for getting it right. The layout is creative and inviting and the step by step photos ensure you make no mistakes along the way.
The whole premise of creating polymer clay tiles that you later assemble into mosaic icons or shrines is one that appeals to me.
I love art methods that allow you to play and experiment as you create. I also like transformative art that can be used as a tool for self-knowledge and expression.
Laurie shows off lots of her work in the book and shares the personal stories behind six of her pieces. These touching stories lift the book out of the realm of ordinary and give us a welcome insight into the life of the maker.
Five pages of copyright-free images are included. There is a bonus section on color mixing.
How did all this great content fit in a 35-page book? Amazing!
Barbara McGuire is a huge name in the world of polymer clay. She has a good sense of design and I like the way she combines the transfer images with stamped images for a montage effect.
This book is an excellent resource.
It’s published by Design Originals, 2002 (a CanDo Crafts booklet)
Most serious clay artists will have this one on their bookshelves.
There are step by step instructions offered for over 20 projects but the real value of this one is in the fact that McGuire draws our attention to the elements and principles of design.