martedì 7 settembre 2010
Yes, today I won't feature an artist, but a book. In Italy, unfortunately, the only way to learn the polymer clay techniques is not only to practice and test, of course, but also to read read readi. "Live" workshops in fact are out of reach. So the main source of information, along with the wonderful cauldron of Internet, are books written by experienced and talented artists. One of these is Making Polymer Clay Beads by Carol Blackburn. The simple and concise writing style and the profusion of images make it possible an easy understanding even to those who don't know English well. The book is divided into four sections: the first section is an overview of the techniques, tools and materials to use - every technique is explained with clear words and images by detailed step-by-steps: here you will find directions about the faux techniques (ivory, turquoise, silver ...), about foils, powders and canes making, and much more. In the second one we find the instructions for creating various types and shapes of beads, the third one describes how to compose bracelets, necklaces, etc. and finally the fourth one is a wonderful gallery of works of its favorite artists.A reference book for both beginners and who is looking for inspiration. I recommend it.