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Creative Stamping In Polymer Clay by arteesvida
December 10, 2006, 5:59 pm
Filed under: Book Reviews, Clay Jewelry, Rubber Stamping

When I first became interested in polymer clay a few years ago, I checked out every book in the library that was available about it. Out of the big stack of books that my library carried, there were only two that I was really impressed by, and one of them was Stamping In Polymer Clay By Barbara McGuire. Even if you aren’t interested in incorporating rubber stamps into clay work, the basics section is an excellent one. There is a huge two page spread of art reference chart that discusses the different art materials that can be incorporated into clay work (such as gold leaf and pigment powders). Since so many projects both in books and online use these materials, this is a wonderful reference if many of these products are new to you!

The book covers a wide variety of projects, including many jewelry projects. All of the techniques Barbara covers can be utilized for jewelry making projects. For example, both of her button making techniques can be altered in order to make unique stamped pendants and lapel pins.

Over the years, I have gotten a lot of inspiration from the jewelry making projects in the book as well. The jewelry making projects including an antique style pendent (that gave me the idea for my faux antique leather project), texture bracelets, disc beads, a bead and wire pin, an embossed pendent, mokume gane type projects, and painted clay butterflies that would make lovely pins as well. Barbara McGuire is an expert and using stamps to create texture and pattern, as well as layering different stamped patterns in order to create completely one of a kind pieces.

Whether you are new to polymer clay or have been working with it for a while, this is a wonderful studio resource for you. I refer back to my copy on a regular basis!


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