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Polymer: The Chameleon Clay [Paperback]

Victoria Hughes
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1 Feb 2003
This book presents, in detail, how polymer clay can imitate various materials including ivory, jade, coral, shell, onyx, and turquoise through assorted finishing, shaping, baking, and moulding techniques. Eighteen unique and stunning projects, including an ivory pendant and an accordion-style jade book, are featured and illustrated by 250 beautiful, step-by-step photographs and detailed line drawings. A gallery of finished pieces by the author and more than 10 other skilled artists offers inspiration for readers to go beyond what is presented to make their own unique creations. Features: New, inventive, and amazing techniques to make polymer clay imitate more than ten different materials; Gorgeous photographs of completed pieces to inspire creativity; Complete information and step-by-step instructions for creating each look.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: KP Books (1 Feb 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873493737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873493734
  • Product Dimensions: 26.8 x 20.6 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 573,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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Having bought this book as a mere accompaniment to"Faux surfaces in Polymer Clay" by Irene S. Dean I was very pleasantly surprised by the highly detailed information provided by Victoria Hughes. Almost any question you may have while reading about the techniques will be answered. I also liked the chapters at the beginning which are inspirational and really get you thinking in different ways by encouraging you to experiment and really use parts of your creative brain that you never knew you had!
There are lots of photos in the book including many pieces of beautiful art work in polymer clay(and I mean art!) and for each imitative technique such as turquoise, lapis lazuli and ivory ther are two levels of project. These all look stunningly realistic. I was very impressed and delighted to find this book had such high standards. It was exactly the kind of polymer book I had been searching for!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'd give it ten stars if I could! 30 Nov 2002
By ArtWay - Published on
I've got quite a little library of polymer clay books, but as soon as this book crossed my threshold, it immediately became one of my favorite three books of the bunch.
Firstly, maybe because of Tory's expression of her gentle and encouraging philosophy about making art - and her personality seems to come through on every page. Then, too, I love trying to mimic natural things and of course, she's a master. The agate technique is complicated, but the finished results certainly appear to be worth every step. Incredibly beautiful and convincing imitatives for a variety of natural materials. And all along the way, she's telling you little things about the material that you're making - such as how ancient peoples would further decorate a precious cracked amber bead by filling the crack with pitch and embedding pieces of turquoise or other stone in the pitch. Very cool stuff.
Very clear photos and the finished jewelry objects are shown on a beautiful model. Lots of variations and options are sprinkled throughout the instructions. Everything is well illustrated with tons of pictures and Tory's hand-drawn diagrams.
The finished items displayed in the book all have an antique, usually ethnic look, even if the theme of the ethnicity for a piece might seem to be "urban relic modern." Everything fits beautifully into a cohesive gallery that's distributed from the first page to the last.
The instructions are very clear and detailed and there is sufficient basic information at the beginning of the book that a new polymer artist or crafter could feel successful with the projects provided here.
In my opinion, a beginner would be able to work with this book and I would certainly recommend it to *anyone* who loves the medium, but I think the people that this will most appeal to are those with some experience with the clay, as the projects are a little more advanced than what you normally see in an instructional book.
I like most all of the polymer instruction books, but this one is a real standout!
56 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Technique Illustration 13 May 2003
By Rebecca Bergfield - Published on
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I have gotten frustrated by books that only show a person how to make product "X". This book teaches the reader several techniques and how to apply them. From the beginning of the book the reader is encouraged to consider the creative process and experiment with their own techniques and designs. While you are learning specific techniques, Tori Hughes also points out that changes in color and style will also work well. Through this she is teaching the reader, not just showing them how to do a project. That alone makes this book a valuable asset to a book shelf. I highly recommend this book.
61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Humbles Polymer into Natural Basics 10 Jan 2003
By p.diane - Published on
I am new to polymer clay and have never taken classes, or even heard of this author prior to the purchase of this book. May be on my way to an addict. I have gotten a pasta maker. So provided you are into things that far, I think even beginners with a reasonable amount of intelligence can deal with this book. The author is very specific in explaining how to imitate different natural mediums with polymer clays (some premo, some fimo, some combinations of the 2). I don't have a great deal of inventory of clay, but was able to emulate most of the techniques, represented with what I had - even if the colors were off a bit. I have gotten a couple other books, and polymer can really get outrageous, complicated, time consuming,and just plain dissapointing when the end result is not perfect enough. This book seems to take things slow and specifically enough to follow and enjoy. And, the nice thing about simulating stones, and natural things is that they are inherently defective, cracked, uneven, and irregular. Even when you mess something up a bit, it can look like it was done on purpose. For the price, I considered this book a good buy for my money.
39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Theory and art classes as well as projects 4 Dec 2002
By carolyn - Published on
I just received this today, and have read quite a bit of
it. I'm thrilled to see that the author has elaborated her
approach to art as well as provided "projects" to practice
with. I have taken her live classes and used alot of her
videos and appreciate her whole life attitude to art. Besides
sharing the tiniest details of what makes simulation so
wonderful, she expounds on the thought process and role your
mind and body plays in art. There are no errors, just ways
to collect information. Well done, great photos, nice
collection of work in the gallery portion of the book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Victoria Hughes is the best! 1 July 2007
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Polymer: The Chameleon Clay was the first polymer clay book I bought. It's not really geared toward beginners, but I've never been afraid to jump in with both feet. I'm glad I did! Victoria Hughes is a pioneer in making polymer clay look like just about anything. While I've since seen alternate techniques that make creating faux bone or stones simpler, I've never seen an technique that does it more realistically than hers. I regret I've never had a chance to take one of her classes.

In addition to the wonderful techniques for mimicking other materials, this book is inspirational. It showcases wonderful art or Hughes and a number of other talented artists. Exciting techniques, a wide variety of projects and beautiful photography combine to make this book remain one of my favorite books on polymer clay--and I now have quite a library of them!
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