Making Polymer Clay Beads: Step-by-Step Techniques for Creating Beautiful Ornamental Beads

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A comprehensive introduction to the materials, tools, equipment, and techniques used to make unique beads with a variety of shapes, colors, and finishes. The straightforward instructions discuss topics that include conditioning raw clay and making simple shapes; producing more complex shapes, such as rounds, canes, and spirals; decorating the beads with foils, powders, and millefiori; and creating faux effects like ivory, bone, turquoise, marble, and silver. A gallery of beads by internationally renowned artists,...

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Overview

A comprehensive introduction to the materials, tools, equipment, and techniques used to make unique beads with a variety of shapes, colors, and finishes. The straightforward instructions discuss topics that include conditioning raw clay and making simple shapes; producing more complex shapes, such as rounds, canes, and spirals; decorating the beads with foils, powders, and millefiori; and creating faux effects like ivory, bone, turquoise, marble, and silver. A gallery of beads by internationally renowned artists, hundreds of step-by-step photographs of new beads designed by the author, and a clay gauge that allows one to estimate how much clay is necessary to make a specific quantity of beads are included, making this a comprehensive guide that will provide inspiration, demonstrate the range of effects that can be achieved in polymer clay, and teach beaders how to incorporate these beads into jewelry designs.

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Editorial Reviews

Art Jewelry Magazine
A concise yet comprehensive reference on this colorful medium.
Detroit News
A stunning gallery of handmade beads that might even cause a non-crafter to rush out and purchase blocks of polymer clay.
San Diego Polymer Clay Guild newsletter
This book is a real gift to the polymer clay world.
South Jersey Bead Society

If you've ever thought about trying polymer clay but didn't know where to start, this book is perfect for you.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596680197
  • Publisher: Interweave Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 456,250
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Blackburn is a designer who works with polymer clay, beads, and tassels. She is a member of the British and American Polymer Clay Guilds. 
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2007

    Best bead book sold today!!!

    This is the first book you should buy. It starts with the basic instructions, and then moves on to making beautiful beads. I overlooked it when I started working with ploymer clays, purchased it later only to find out it should have been the first book to buy. I know there are other wonderful polymer clay books out there, and I have may of them, but in my opinion, you will LOVE this book as much as I do.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 4, 2009

    Best of the Best

    I am a new clayer. I questioned others about which book should I buy first and this was their response. I bought it a few weeks back and it is fantastic. It has answered almost every question I think I would have. Now I would like more books to go even further in my artistic reach for the stars mood. (I am not generally an artistic person). So, this books inspires me to just go for it and I have been wonderfully surprised with my efforts. Even good enough at some for gift giving. So, buy and enjoy. Beverly

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2010

    Very useful book

    Informative teaching book; great for any creative person's library.

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  • Posted November 11, 2009

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    fantastic first polymer clay book

    This book was the first one I purchased when I started to make polymer clay beads. It has been very informative as I got started in the craft; and as I continue to make beads, I still refer to it for inspiration. I would recommend it to anyone interested in polymer clay crafting.

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