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Polymer Clay Creative Traditions by arteesvida
December 21, 2006, 8:42 pm
Filed under: Book Reviews, Clay Jewelry

Polymer Clay Creative Traditions By Judy Belcher is the most unique take on polymer clay projects that I have seen in years! Because polymer clay is so versatile, it is often used to mimic other mediums. This book embraces that idea and sections off the projects inside based on the medium that polymer clay is used to imitate. The sections include glass traditions (where polymer clay is utilized to mimic lamp work glass, slumped glass, fused glass, and mosaics) metal traditions (which covers the traditional Mokume gane, enameling and annealing), fiber traditions (including different cloth looks including a clever take on batik fabrics), painting and drawing (with projects that honor O’Keeffe, Klimt, Escher, Seurat, and Polluck), sculpture and ceramics (including metallic and crackle raku) and natural materials such as stone, bone, and wood (including a polymer clay parquetry that is stunnying!)

My favorite projects include the Chinese Eye Beads (which look breathtakingly like the real thing) and the Enamel Pin, however the gallery alone is so inspiring and idea-generating that the projects almost play second fiddle! There are fantastic projects from all of the “big” names in polymer clay design and they are all new works that I haven’t seen before!

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