The Art & Craft of Polymer Clay || Sue Heaser

The project-based approach of this attractive book suits its market admirably. Better known by a variety of brand names such as Fimo, polymer clay is a medium that’s readily available and easy to handle and, as such, is ideal for the beginner. To finish it, you just bake it in a domestic oven.

If you’re familiar with their productions, the layout here screams, “Quarto”. Although not known for seriously advanced works, this producer long ago mastered the art of the illustrated instructional book. Each open spread works as a unit, making things easy to follow without constant cross-referencing and the quality of all the illustrations is first-rate.

Five chapters cover basic techniques, shaping, surface embellishment, inclusions (enamel, mosaic etc) and sculpting. Each contains sections that deal with a single practical idea with instructions that help you build up your technical ability as you go along, but which the more experienced crafter can also use as a reference work.

A&C Black 2007

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