Making Polymer Clay Beads
By Carol Blackburn
If you’re primarily interested in making polymer clay beads, this is the book for you. Here in one concise volume you’ll find a multitude of techniques adapted for the bead-maker. This is a technique book, which means that it doesn’t include step-by-step instructions for specific completed pieces of jewelry, but it does have step-by-step instructions (with plenty of photographs) for each technique. All the basic information a beginner will need is here, along with a wealth of techniques, including a hefty section of faux effects. A section on “bringing it together” is helpful to those new to jewelry construction, and the gallery and a few pages on jewelry design provide inspiration for anyone who works with polymer clay beads. In addition to the gallery in the back of the book, a “gallery strip” runs along the top of most pages, showing finished beads and variations on techniques. A bead-maker can spend many happy hours poring over this book, take a break, go back to it, and still find something new to admire.