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Patterns in Polymer [Paperback]

Julie Picarello
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Book Description

23 Jun 2011
With her unmatched eye for color, color mixing and layering, well-known artist and fan favorite Julie Picarello helps beginners and advanced polymer artisans design, texture and finish gorgeous art beads using relatively simple techniques. In-depth introduction sections cover basics, color inspiration and recipes, and needed tools and materials. The book includes 7 mini projects and 10 finished jewelry projects, while callouts at the beginning of each project let the readers know exactly what specialized techniques will be learned. It's the color that makes polymer clay truly exciting, and this book uses color like you've never seen it before.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Kalmbach Books (23 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871164094
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871164094
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 0.6 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a respected and sought-after artist and teacher, Julie Picarello has become a show favorite and attracts crowds of followers eager to view and purchase her signature pieces. Julie is an active board member in the polymer clay community and also teaches for discerning polymer guilds. Her teaching has taken her to many venues and major shows throughout the U.S. and in Europe, including the Bead&Button Show. She is also the program chair for the 2010 International Polymer Clay Association Conference.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patterns in Polymer 30 Jun 2011
By AngelaG
Format:Paperback
Wow, absolutely fantastic and unique use of just one technique (mokume gane), I can not wait to try and have a go myself. The pictures are very helpful to understand the process and it is step by step instructions, these may be slightly difficult to follow for complete beginners. I found the colour information on combinations and mixing a really good section in this book. The projects are very varied and will provide plenty of ideas to further develop. Beautiful pictures!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun with polymer clay 19 Sep 2011
Format:Paperback
I just spent a weekend with several blocks of clay and a copy of Patterns in Polymer. Oh - what fun! I learnt the magic of Jecru (Julie's Ivory blend) and so many useful tips for creating stylish focal beads. Working with beautiful colour palettes, rumaging for imprinting artifacts and unusual scraps of metal and then creating dozens of beads, I lost track of the time.

The one thing I didn't learn from the book but from painful experience, is the risk of sanding one's own skin when finishing the beads. I have raw patches on several fingers. : (
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb and inspiring book! 16 Mar 2012
By judyou
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Since buying Julie Picarello's book it's become an essential work of reference in my polymer clay studio. All steps are clearly photographed making it easy to explore new ways of working in this wonderful medium. It really is inspirational too in that it makes the reader want to go on to develop their own style and progress further. Highly recommended for anyone who has just begun using polymer clay or even for those more experienced in this medium.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Polymer is King of the the Accents and Imprints 27 Dec 2011
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This is the most amazing book I have in my collection so far. Brimming with ideas and the techniques are easy to follow, lots of how to's! Well written and although a fair number of photos are of other peoples work they are still inspiring. There are so many ideas it has taken me a few weeks to get the cool tools together and read through the book before I got started with actually putting the instructions into action! Very Inspiring!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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I received this book yesterday after having pre-ordered it. All I can say is that it is simply fantastic. Excellent text, excellent photography and it is written in a style that you feel you are actually taking a course with Julie. The basic technique is clearly explained and there are a number of variations, all meant to get creative juices flowing. I am certainly not a master clayer, but neither am I a novice, and I found the book filled with lots of wonderful bits of advice on working with polymer clay. It is the perfect book on this technique for any clayer's library, whether novice or experienced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars plenty to inspire! 2 May 2012
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A great book by Julie Picarello. For me, the sign of a good craft book is that one wants to make most of the things in it! This doesn't disappoint, and is a valued part of my polymer clay library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Polymer Genius 2 Feb 2012
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I really love Julie Picarello's work! She is a patterns magician and fer finished work is inspirational!!
In this book she gives all the info you need to follow her path in creating beautyful patterns. Good for any level student or instructor for learning and inspiration. Uniqe stamping methods, smart shaving techniques and hard polishing!

The Book Depository, from wich I ordered, has low prices, delivers on estimated time and in very good packaging. I will continue ordering from you guys!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning, friendly, generous book 10 Aug 2011
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This is a great book. Julie's philosophy matches my own so closely that I find myself smiling at her writing. She writes beautifully and meaningfully and manages to elevate polymer clay from pure technique to part of one's way of being. I share her joy in both learning and in passing on what I learn, and I am pleasantly surprised by how generous she is with her secrets. She describes her formula for "Jecru", a custom blend of clay she makes that she uses to enhance package colours, and shares her favourite colour palettes.

Her aim seems to be to spark your creativity, rather than encourage you to simply copy her projects, and I get the impression that she would be more pleased to see you create something uniquely yours, than to perfectly execute one of her designs.

The book focuses solely on one technique that Julie calls "imprinting". This is based on Mokume Gane. Throughout the book Julie also talks about colour and shares many colour palettes. For me it is this combination of elements that makes polymer clay fascinating, and the reason why I love this book. That we share the same way of thinking is only the icing on the cake.

If you want to go deeply into one technique and to create your own truly unique style, then this book is definitely one you will want to have in your collection. Highly recommended.

(Note that she uses the Sculpey Premo colour palette almost exclusively but refers occasionally to Fimo and Kato and gives her Jecru recipe in all three brands.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Really enjoyed this and I know I'll go back to it a lot for inspiration and tips. Her colours are lovely and she gives some very nice recipes for replicating them
Published 22 days ago by Mrs C I Meech
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good....
I am so glad I got this book there is so many great ideas to try and make will keep you busy for a very long time.
Published 1 month ago by Tracy Marriott
2.0 out of 5 stars OK, but may not have the type of patterns, techniques you want
I would recommend looking through this in a bookshop, as I found that the illustrations and effects were not what I wanted to achieve, so it wasn't very useful to me.
Published 4 months ago by kangaroo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Excellent reference book and arrived super fast. Instruction are clear and precise and photos are of excellent quality. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Linda Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
Create beautiful patterns in polymer clay with this simple, but addictive technique. I've read and re-read this book many times and followed the guidelines Julie shares with great... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Ms Colette Clail
4.0 out of 5 stars nice book
I bought the book because I was new to polymer clay and I love what Julie Picarello does. The book really explains the techniques she uses but the mixing of colors were a bit... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Gloria Venutie
4.0 out of 5 stars Great colours!
I love the way Julie mixes and combines colours, and specially for those who are a bit lost when it comes to colour combinations this is a great book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Manon van Kempen
5.0 out of 5 stars Patterns in Polymer
The patterns looked very complicated at first but I found them very easy to follow. I have made some lovely pendants from this method and Julie explains everything that I needed... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Jane Noble
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ideas
Just what I was looking for , it was very easy to follow, has great art, . and new idfas to try..
Published 16 months ago by perry
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous book
I love the designs in this book and have had a try at the technique. I intend to do more and work at achieving the balance of colours that Julie uses in this very inspirational... Read more
Published 16 months ago by julieclerk
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