Creative Clay Jewelry: Extraordinary * Colorful * Fun Designs to Make from Polymer Clay Paperback – Jun 30 1994
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From Library Journal
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
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It's unfortunate that there's no real indication of level of difficulty in the projects; they don't follow any logical progression. Some of the early projects use very basic techniques only - jelly rolls, marbling - which could probably be discussed in the introduction section. However, just a few projects in, there's a geometric pattern that would be quite difficult and frustrating to do as your third or fourth PC project. I'd advise careful consideration when selecting a project from this book.
Dierks does provide a much more detailed ingredient list, including things like findings and clay amounts, which other books tend to skip. She even specifies particular brands and colors, but it isn't necessary to adhere to them.
On a more personal note, I got less use out of this book than most of my PC books, simply because the projects were very bright, busy, and colorful - and that's very far from my style. But for those who love the casual, cheerful look that polymer clay can provide, this book might well be great.