I am super enthusiastic to providing links to this awesome resource for finding incredibly good deals on used books about polymer clay! It may seem obvious to some, but I just discovered that a huge amount of used books are available through amazon.com. I do try to shop on ebay, etsy, and other sites as I want to support other “work at home”-rs, artists and crafters who, like us, are developing a hobby or are building a business online that they are passionate about. I also use my library to find books explaining how to use polymer clay, but I have maxed out their collection at this point. So, after finding out about The New Clay: Techniques and Approaches to Jewelry Making by Nan Roche I went in search of a used copy.
To my surprise, I could buy this must-have reference book and have it delivered to my house for less than $5. This is less than it would cost in gs to get to my I live quite far nearest book store that carries any books about polymer clay techniques and polymer clay projects, a 56 mile round trip. Also, it is not likely to be on the shelves there as it is an older book written early on in the polymer clay “movement” as an art form.
I was able to get a used copy of the incredibly helpful older book The New Clay: Techniques and Approaches to Jewelry Making by Nan Roche. This 1991 book that covers all of the fundamentals of working with polymer clay while tying the history, process, and polymer clay basics together for me. There is a ton of information in there for the beginner through intermediate polymer clay artist andr polymer clay jewelry maker, that I have only seen online in paid tutorials. This is the type of book that you would add to your reference library for use throughout your learning period, and is easy for the adult reader to follow and understand.
It is quite interesting, as the copy I have contained an inscription in the front pages indicating that describes this book well, saying “This is the most complete book on polymer clay to date., This book is written for the adult artist and probably contains more information than you want to begin with so I’ve notated and listed the pages for the information that you really need to begin with.”
She adds that “The beginning polymer clay artist niece should pay attention to: working with clean hands and keeping a clean work area, conditioning, baking and storage tips as well, and start by reading pages 8-11, 15-17, all of the color theory pages 21-25, and 33, 34. Then continue on through the book.”
I followed this person’s advice, and agree fully. I found that this book was explained the how, what and why of many techniques used in pieces I see for sale, and did so elegantly and in a way that truly tied it all together for me.
“The New Clay” also covers a lot of techniques that I only have found in paid tutorials online, including creating native american style patterns, face canes, surface techniques. It also covers basic design and color theories as they relate to working with polymer clay, and is loaded with photos and illustrations the show how the techniques are used in various art projects.
I know there are a lot of books and websites that provide similar information but I have to say that I was thrilled with this book. Despiite its age I feel that this is a relevant book for using polymer clay today, and is a must have that will remain useful for a long time!
You can preview this book before buying, and, if you like, you can purchase it through my amazon link or by going directly to amazon.com and typing in “The New Clay by Nan Roche”.
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By clicking the link below or visiting my e-store, you can look inside this book for free. I don’t think the pages that are listed are the most helpful in the book, so I recommend looking at the index to see what it covers and why I am giving it a 5 star review. If you decide if it is for you and, by following this link, you can purchase this book for less than $5, including delivery.