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Making animal characters in polymer clay
Frey, Sherian, 1944-
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Publication Information:
Cincinnati, Ohio : North Light Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
128 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
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TT297 .F74 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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With this books as a guide, anyone can learn to create colorful, imaginative animal characters out of polymer clay. Starting with basic skills that increase in complexity over the course of several projects, crafters will fashion a variety of animal-at-work figurines. Information about the common problems and pitfalls that beginning polymer clay artists face help them to make progress on the first day of modeling and avoid any start-up frustrations. Eventually they'll begin designing their own personalized handtailored gifts great for any occasion. The book includes: 15 step-by-step projects that build upon techniques and experience; tips and tricks on using polymer clay; clothing templates and advice for finding and using props with figures; suggestions on how to include children in on the fun

Author Notes

Sherian Frey has been creating whimsical people, animals and houses as a professional artist since 1975. Her designs appear as polymer clay figures known as "Small Fry Sculptures." She has 16 years of experience teaching students of all ages and skill levels

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Booklist Review

Once relegated to jewelry crafting, polymer clay--better known by such brand names as FIMO, Cernit, and Sculpey--realizes another dimension in former art teacher Frey's book. Fifteen characters of all shapes and some sizes come to life with her incredibly detailed instructions, much like Will Vinton's Claymation figures. Setting the stage are two chapters on appropriate preparations: clay features and characteristics, tools, and methods (including how to shape ropes, balls, cones, and sheets). Then, three chapters--segregated by level of difficulty--highlight the projects, from Simple Bobby Bookworm to the armature-supported Dexter Dalmatian, firedog. Plus, Frey anticipated most if not all of readers' questions, including information on storage, the right working surface, and even hand cleaning. There are always great lessons to be learned. List of suppliers appended. --Barbara Jacobs

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Chapter 1 Claysp. 8
Chapter 2 Tools and Techniquesp. 12
Chapter 3 Beginner Projectsp. 22
Bobby Bookwormp. 24
Sammy Snailp. 24
Rudy Rabbitp. 28
Freddie Frogp. 33
Lacy Lambp. 37
Louie and Louise Lionp. 41
Chapter 4 Intermediate Projectsp. 46
Junior Bearp. 58
Martha Bear (Mama)p. 62
Bernie Bear (Papa)p. 68
Benny Bear (Baby)p. 74
Chapter 5 Advanced Projectsp. 78
Shelby Navy Sealp. 80
Judge Owlbertp. 86
Kerri Kangaroo, Artistp. 96
Dexter Dalmatian, Firedogp. 108
Paddy Police Dogp. 116
List of Suppliersp. 126
Indexp. 127