Clay Play! Jewelry by Terry Taylor
Published January 2016 by Dover
My copy: Advance Review Copy
Transform simple balls and coils of polymer clay into fabulous wearable art! Just follow these full-color, step-by-step photos and clear directions to create more than 40 whimsical jewelry projects plus 10 types of beads. Playful possibilities include tempting food charms (cupcake, burger, and other favorite snacks); cute critter earrings and pendants (butterfly, dog, frog, penguin, and more); plus other fashionable tiny treasures.
*** Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance review copy in exchange for an honest review. ***
I’ve always enjoyed crafting, and my daughter who is 7 loves to make things too, so I was really pleased to receive a copy of this book to review.
I think this is a brilliant book. What makes it work so well are the incredibly clear and simple photos. They make the projects very easy to follow and mean that even beginners can have a good go at the projects. I also like the information at the start of the book that tells you exactly what you need and how to get started with polymer clay.
The projects themselves are super-cute, ranging from foodie treats like cupcakes and hotdogs through to buzzy bees and cute cats and dogs. They are fun and colourful, so ideal for young children.
Another nice touch are the final pages where the book gives you instructions on making your own beads, so you can make pieces of jewellery from scratch, incorporating both polymer clay beads and the quirky charms made in earlier chapters.
All in all this is a fantastic book. The instructions and photography are clear and easy to follow, and the projects are fun. We’ve now tried a few of them and although some have been less than successful, we have produced some lovely items and had lots of fun along the way.
I highly recommend this for anyone who fancies a fun craft they can do with children or just for themselves!