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Liquid Polymer Clay by arteesvida
December 17, 2006, 2:13 am
Filed under: Book Reviews, Clay Jewelry

The real question for me is? Where was this book, Liquid Polymer Clay: Fabulous New Techniques for Making Jewelry and Home Accents by Ann Mitchell and Karen Mitchell, when I first started working with liquid polymer clay a couple of years ago? The amazingly rich attention to detail and copious amounts of research the authors have done in creating this book just blows me away. If you read Expression or PolymerCafe (or seen the Carol Duvall show on HGTV), you probably have some familiarity with their work, their techniques and projects for working with LPC have been wildly popular in recent years.

And their book is just amazing! Besides thinking to myself “Where were they when I learned this the hard way?” I just as often thought, “Wow, I would have never thought of that!”

Although not every project is jewelry making specific, many of them are, and all the techniques are transferable to jewelry design. For example, the authors create a purse by saturating fabric with LPC and baking it on glass to give it a gloss sheen, and the strength of oilcloth. The purse template and project could be easily shrunk down to medicine pouch size to make a fabulous necklace and the glass effects projects used on votive holders would transfer well to glass slides…the perfect size for pendants!

Other projects include a grape leaf textured barrette, a clay fabric choker, a terra cotta bracelet, a shell necklace, and a cloisonné pin. Besides these and many more techniques, they book is in depth on working with techniques and tools you will need to work with not only LPC but also solid clay. If you are new to clay work, this in depth section will give you all the information you need to be comfortable enough to make any project in the book!


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