Commonly known by such brand names as FIMO, Sculpey, and Cernit, polymer "clay" is a claylike product made from polyvinyl chloride-soft and easy to work with until fired, yet rigid once baked at low temperatures. As polymer clay requires neither kilns nor expensive studio equipment, it is ideal for the novice jewelrymaker. Yet its wide range of available colors and its versatility when embellished with paints or metallic powders or when bonded with found objects makes polymer clay attractive to the professional artist as well. This book combines basic information on jewelrymaking, specific techniques required for working with polymer clay, and detailed instructions for 48 projects ranging from simple button covers to imaginative watch bands. Highly recommended for public libraries; academic libraries may prefer Nan Roche's less "project-oriented" The New Clay (Valley Pr., 1991).
Janice Zlendich, California State Univ. Lib., Fullerton
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
One of the first books on a craft that almost anyone can handle--sculpting and creating jewelry from a polymer (or plastic) clay. The instructions are easy to follow, plus the practice requires little in the way of expensive tools (though the clay itself can be costly). There's considerable artistry to the 48 projects; Dierks convinced 26 designers to contribute ideas and actual how-tos. Most of the jewelry is limited to earrings, pins, and necklaces; however, each pattern, accompanied by color photographs, offers a different design perspective from which to select. Great for rainy days. Barbara Jacobs