Polymer Clay Basics
By Monica Reston
Using polymer clay doesn¿t require any fancy equipment ¿ you just bake it in a conventional oven. First cut the clay into slices or geometric designs. Use these pieces to create shapes that have patterns, such as flowers or faces. Adhere these shapes to a surface, or leave them as beads, then bake in the oven. There is a wide range of things you can make. You can make jewellery; embellish boxes and frames; cover cutlery handles with pretty flowers or bold checks; fashion charming little faces to use as drawer knobs; coat a real egg with a marble-like coating or embellish a flowerpot. With so many different patterns to shape in a rainbow of tantalising colours, you¿ll want to try every project!
Polymer Clay For The First Time
By Syndee Holt
No experience is necessary and you will soon be on your way to doing the basics of cane work or patterned clay, and using some moulds and texturing techniques.
Priscilla Hauser's Decorative Painting Secrets
By Priscilla Hauser
Dogwood, lily of the valley, wisteria, zinnias, wild roses, Queen Anne¿s lace, chrysanthemums. No one has taught more people the pleasure of decorative painting than Hauser. This lovely and personal introduction to the basics of capturing flowers features hand written pages with her reflections; worksheets for each project and brush stroke; patterns; and a photographic breakdown of all the necessary skills. Every month showcases a new flower done in washes of colour and finished with ink details - all meant to go on a variety of surfaces.