Sunday, 16 January 2011

The Crafter’s Way 165 – Craft Book Review

The Moreton Bay Regional Council Libraries have a wonderful variety of craft books to borrow. Many of these books are recent releases. These books all came from the Redcliffe Library. These three books share a common theme of modeling and clay work. With the constant wet weather over the school holidays these book can provide inspiration for an activity for Children and Parents to do together.IMG_0002

Polymer Clay Basics by Monica Resta (745.572RES)

If you have never used polymer clay before this book is a great place to start. The first section explains all the basic techniques. The author carefully explains how to use your home oven to cure the clay, saving on the expense of a special oven. The second section

includes instructions and images on how to make all the basic shapes. Scattered throughout this section are projects. What I really liked about this book was that it included projects other than jewellery and it also stayed within the boundaries of a beginners guide.IMG_0001

Polymer Clay Mixed Media Jewelry by Shirley Rufner (745.572RUFE)

Once you mastered the basics you will love this book. Every page has an image that will leave you asking ‘how did they do that?’ The projects use more tools and equipment than the previous book but with a little ingenuity you will be able to adapt items you already own. The full colour Gallery at the back showcases how to use techniques for more than bead making.IMG

Modelling Clay by Penny Boylan (731.42BOY)

If you’ve ever used plasticine or playdoh then you can use the modeling clay used throughout this book. The clay is self hardening and doesn’t require a kiln to cure. Self hardening clay is available is different grades and it is possible to purchase smaller quantities at a reasonable price. The projects in the book are more suitable for an older child.

School Holiday Craft Activities: I will be conducting School Holiday Craft Activities during the last 2 weeks of the holidays TrishAlan Designs, Old Petrie Town, Dayboro Rd. Petrie. Ph 3285 1875 for more details.

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