Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Book Spotlight: Polymer Clay Millefiori Techniques

When it comes to making unique and stunning beads, components, and focals, there’s nothing quite like the versatility of polymer clay. With a lot of practice, artists can develop some of the most amazing techniques and canes, and create jaw-dropping pieces for unforgettable jewelry.

Some of the most intriguing polymer clay designs include millefiori - simple and complex motifs made from slices of polymer clay. There are a million and one different ways to combine and create canes to achieve a variety of visual effects, and the process can be quite intimidating for a beginner. Luckily, we have Donna Kato to guide us through the amazing realm of polymer clay millefiori.

The Art of Polymer Clay Millefiori Techniquesbegins with an in-depth look at the basic properties of polymer clays, the do's and don'ts of working with this medium, tool and materials, color palettes, mixing clays, and more. More than 40 pages of polymer clay theory help to initiate the reader into this unique medium.

Next, it’s on to the techniques. All of the basics and not-so-basics of millefiori canes are covered in great detail, with step by step photographs to guide even the most timid smoosher. Donna begins with the basic bull's eye cane and explains exactly how to achieve a perfect cane reduction with any shape, then moves on through perfecting and using canes and slices in polymer clay work.

The book finishes with a large selection of cane tutorials and recipes. There are over 100 pages of techniques to try, including feathers, faces, monarch butterfly wings, flowers and leaves, kaleidoscopes, checkerboards, and jelly rolls. Donna has also included an in-depth look at Skinner blends and their uses.

If you’ve ever longed to make delightful beads with tiny flowers, swirls and shapes, The Art of Polymer Clay Millefiori Techniques is the ideal guide.

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2 comments:

  1. I have this book and have really enjoyed creating some of the canes in it, from basic to complex.

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  2. Wow, so many possibilities here! I DO NOT need another craft hobby, but this looks like so much fun.

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