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

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

by Carol Blackburn
     
 

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,

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.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596680197
Publisher:
Interweave Press
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
271,674
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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