Polymer clay is one of the most popular and versatile mediums available to crafters, lending itself to a variety of applications ranging from decorative boxes, mosaics and miniature models to beads, buttons and jewellery. This comprehensive book features step-by-step instruction in over 50 techniques, including exciting ways to work with new materials such as liquid and metal clays. Large, clear photographs demonstrate basic skills such as rolling, colour mixing, marbling, and baking, progressing to more challenging methods of shaping, molding, and sculpting clay to make a wide range of projects. Create intricate patterns using millefiori techniques; embellish your work with metallic powders, gold leaf, stamps, and paint; choose from dozens of recipes for creating faux effects such as jade, amber, lapis lazuli, turquoise, antiqued metal, and mokume gane. All tools and techniques are clearly explained, and a gallery of work by internationally renowned polymer clay artists demonstrates what can be achieved and provides inspiration for your own work.
'[Heaser] does a fine job of covering the basics before encouraging you to stretch you imagination a bit further.' Craftsman Magazine (Jan 2008)