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New Ways with Polymer Clay: The New Generation of Projects and Techniques Paperback – Oct 1997

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  • offers solid advice for choosing a polymer clay,
  • tips for texturing and color mixing
  • The second half of the booktakesthe crafter step-by-step through several polymer clay projects
  • Use it as a starting point to fire your imagination
  • Easy clean cover

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This book is for all skill levels, and has practical info.
If you are interested in all those practical hints and tips that you have looked for in ONE book on Polymer Clay, this book may interest you! I decided when I wrote this book, that the questions most people asked were not readily available to them in ONE source. I set about answering those questions in one, categorized easy-to-understand source. The book also has projects, and is divided into two sections; practical, usable information, and home decor projects for the Polymer Clay enthusiast! Projects include: Christmas ornaments, Birdhouse ornaments, soapdish, inkpens, veneered boxes, faux chocolates, faux sugar cookies, lids for salsa jars, lids for coffee jars, and many more useful items that don't just "gather dust"! It's my hope that you will find this book indispensable beautiful. Always, Kris Richards

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
New Ways With Polymer Clay : The Next Generation of Projects 26 April 2000
By "eclecticartist" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you are just starting out in polymer clay, the terminology and techniques can be daunting. Kris Richards' book is the perfect solution for the 'newbie' seeking more knowledge and better understanding of polymer clay. In a friendly conversational manner, this book covers a plethora of information. Kris Richards, one of the media's premier artists, has an understanding and empathy for people just beginning with this art media. And, while Part One of her book covers the "Basics", it is also an excellent technical 'manual' for the seasoned pc'er. I particularly have appreciated her thorough coverage of the types of clays and their tensile strength, her coverage on baking clay and on the section on which glues to use.
Better still, as a teacher of special education students, I find Part Two, Kris' polymer clay projects, filled with very well-written directions for projects that are fun for me as well as for my students.
I recommend this book to anyone, particularly new pc'ers and teaching artists who need reference info or project ideas.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
New Ways With Polymer Clay 27 April 2000
By Patty Barnes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Kris Richard's book is an excellent book. In fact, I own two: one for my use and one for my school art students' use. In this well written and clearly illustrated book, there is accurate information on the comparable strengths and ease of workability of various clays. Also, basic use and techniques for working with the clay are covered to help both beginner and advanced clayers.
With this sound preparation, the reader is able to progress through a variety of projects from jewelry to home decor. In fact, the Internet Pen project was such a hit with my art students, I still refer to it when teaching them how to cover pens. It is wonderful to have projects that succeed time after time due to proper and concise directions.
I would highly recommend that this book be added to any clay enthusiast's library.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Everything You Need to Know to Get Started With Polymer Clay 27 April 2000
By Marie Johannes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
New Ways with Polymer Clay by Kris Richards is a great book for a beginner interested in learning as much as they can about polymer clay. Kris Richards has taken the mystery out of the different brands available. Her charts showing technical comparisons make it easy to understand when and why you would choose various products. ALL the important foundation knowledge is here.
Not only does Kris set the record straight on clays, tools, and basic techniques, she goes on to actual projects in the second half of the book. These projects offer beautiful, clear drawings showing exact hand placement that you can refer to over and over again. How many times have you paid for an expensive workshop and couldn't see the teacher's hands during the demonstration for various reasons? Kris gives it to you step by step. AND, the projects are original and innovative. All beginners want to see immediate results and Kris's book guarantees success!
Bravo to Kris and her wonderful book! I've taught polymer clay for six years and I highly recommend this book to my students.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Exactly what I was looking for! 7 Dec 2003
By marypnj - Published on Amazon.com
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I am relatively new to polymer clays and was feeling abit overwhelmed not knowing what to do next. This book caught my eye after having looked at several books that were just abit too 'newbie'. Kris Richads bridged that gap between 'newbie' and what the heck do I do now phase with this well written book:) The basics section in part one was more than just basics, which was exactly what I was looking for and the projects in part two are simple but could be modified to the intermediate/semi-advanced with ease:):) All around great book and worth every red-cent:)
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I go back to this book over and over again 27 April 2000
By Lisa Pavelka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I think this book is great for a number of reasons.
I'm a professional polymer clay artist but found this book immensely helpful because it contains a comprehensive collection of basic polymer clay information. The projects designed for beginners to intermmediate clay users can also appeal to artisans who do production work.
This book broke new ground by being the first serious publication to explain how to cover pens and light bulbs. Both techniques that have become very widely used in the polymer clay world.
I especially like the use of the illustrations done by the author. What a talented lady!
I teach polymer clay technique to hundreds of people every year and I recommend this book as the one to buy for people who are new to clay or have a limited knowledge of the medium. There are lots of great books on clay, but many are intimmidating to people at a beginning or intermediate skill level. The projects in this book are well thought out and beautifully finished.
Having projects that are easily followed and can reproduced as shown, is the best way I know for people to build their confidence in the medium, preparing them for more difficult technique. I would recommend this book to anyone!
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