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The Art of Polymer Clay Creative Surface Effects: Techniques and Projects Featuring Transfers, Stamps, Stencils, Inks, Paints, Mediums and More [Paperback]

Donna Kato
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Book Description

June 26 2007
Polymer clay has grown and grown and grown in popularity since the publication of Donna Kato's best-selling The Art of Polymer Clay in 1997. And there have been so many technical advances, too. Now poly-diva Donna Kato presents an all-new look at one of crafters' all-time favorite mediums. The Art Of Polymer Clay Surface Effects begins with the essentials of polymer clay, including its working properties, plus tools, curing, safety recommendations, and color blending (with full information on the now-indispensable Skinner Blend). Photo-packed chapters focus on exciting projects—beads, bracelets, pins, pendants, and boxes–and showcase new techniques, including image transfers, surface treatments such as stencils, stamps, paints, and inks, sculpting, inclusions, special effects, and finishing. Finished pieces by some of the biggest names in polymer clay, including Kathleen Dustin, Pier Voulkos, and Nan Roche, plus Donna Kato herself, offer ideas and inspiration.

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Donna Kato is one of the world’s best-selling authors on polymer clay crafts. Her books The Art of Polymer Clay and The Art of Polymer Clay Creative Surface Effects have sold more than 110,000 copies. Her Kato Polyclay is available across the country. She and her husband, photographer Vernon Ezell, live in Florissant, CO.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 15 2014
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Excellent book
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4.0 out of 5 stars SOPHISTICATED PROJECTS Aug. 13 2013
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Techniques are very varied, some advanced, and well described. The projects would appeal to the serious artist as they are sophisticated in design.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good. Jan. 11 2013
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Anything by Donna Kato is a must have for a polymer clay enthusiast and this one highlights her creativity along with the best she's ever done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Donna Kato Class At Your Fingertips Aug. 3 2007
By M. Donnelly - Published on Amazon.com
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Here's the review I also have posted on my blog, Polymer Clay Review [...]

Yes, another 5-star book. Are there books I don't like as much? Yes. Have those been published lately? No.

It has been a decade-yes, a decade-since Donna published her first book, The Art of Polymer Clay. This second book takes us to Donna today. Her style is elegant, her techniques are innovative, and her instruction makes her projects accessible. I've taken two classes from Donna. In fact, I joined my local clay guild when I first started claying just to take Donna's class-and I haven't looked back.

Donna's book is like a portable Kato class. Donna taught many of these techniques in the classes I took from her. However, having this indispensable reference book enables me to review the class at my leisure and further experiment with her techniques. She approaches each technique in a straightforward manner-teach techniques, then apply them to a project. This enables us not only to complete a sample that masters the technique, but also a very beautiful finished piece that will get people talking.

Donna splits the book into seven different sections:

* Polymer Clay Basics
* Mica Shift Techniques
* Transferring Images Onto Polymer Clay
* Creating Texture
* Paints, Inks and Pigment Powders
* Special Effects with Liquid Polymer Clays
* Sculpture and Mold Making

I love Donna's techniques. They are the result of hours of experimentation and development on her part. The book details both how to do something-and why. For instance, Donna makes a mold from her rubber stamps using polymer clay and THEN uses that mold to create her pieces. She goes into detail about why she does this, and what the results are molding directly from a stamp versus taking an impression from a polymer clay mold made from a rubber stamp. It's something I never considered, but it makes great sense.

The twelve beautiful projects are accompanied by step-by-step instructions and photographs that walk you through each major component. While some projects are simple, others teach you techniques in constructing complex pieces like her coveted Japanese Inro boxes.

Peppered throughout the book are awe-inspiring inspirational pieces, including the pieces submitted for two of Kato Polyclay's artists contests/exhibitions-one focused on shoes (Feat of Clay) and one focused on boxes. I was honored to be the 2nd-place winner in the box contest, and my "Donnelly's Sampler" is included in the book.

This is yet another book that will stay in my permanent library. I love having a Donna class on my shelf, ready for me at any time.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any craft library Aug. 26 2007
By Sheila Slater - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I just started working with polymer clay a few weeks ago and wanted a book that logically explains techniques as well as offering good photography. Being a librarian and fiber artist, I HAVE to have my own library of art/craft books for reference and inspiration. Kato's is one of the best I have for any media. It's well written and organized and the photos are inspiring. I highly recommend this book for any polymer clay artist or library wanting to add a high quality book to a crafts collection.
36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! What a resource! June 26 2007
By Cindy - Published on Amazon.com
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I've loved Donna Kato's work for some time, but while I've purchased several polymer clay "how-to" books in the three years I've been working with PC, this is the first of Ms. Kato's books I've purchased. It won't be the last.

I received it today, and read through it, cover to cover. My hands are itching to try the techniques she so generously and painstakingly shares. While other leading polymer clay artists sell these same techniques individually in seminars and on expensive DVDs, Ms. Kato has demonstrated several processes I've been hungry to learn in one place, in a beautiful, inexpensive and clearly written book.

Hats off to Donna Kato!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Polymer clay creative surface effects Oct. 18 2007
By KathySG - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
To be honest I was a little disapointed by Donna Kato's first polymer clay book, but this one makes up for that, and then some!
It is about 50/50 techniques and projects and covers everything in great detail. The projects are really interesting and different for anything I've seen before. The finished items look really professional and prove that polymer clay can be pretty amazing when in the right hands. I would strongly recommend that anyone into polymer clay get this book.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At Last! July 1 2007
By Margaret C. Harper - Published on Amazon.com
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I've worked with polymer clay for over fifteen years. I have almost every book every published on the subject. This new offering by Donna Kato is concise, clear, beautifully researched and breathtakingly photographed.
We've waited a while for this book to appear and it has been worth the wait. So many books on this subject offer great photography but confusing text. This newest book offers the processes we've wanted to learn in terms that we can all manage - no matter our abilities!
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