Saturday, September 15, 2007

I Highly Recommend..

I am a self taught crafter. I use books and online tutorials. I live in the middle of no-where and do not have access to lots of workshops and classes. I am not financially able to travel to locations where classes ARE available. So I have been buying how-to books for over 10 years. This means I have bought the good, the bad, and the ugly. :)
I want to share the GOOD books with you and save you the trouble of trial & error shopping. These are my absolute favorites. I looove these books!
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I have 2 books that tie for my absolute favorite polymer clay books. This is one of them. The title says it all...this book is FUN. All the projects are beautifully done but also funky and clever. Clear instructions with lots of pictures. Kim takes the 'ordinary' techniques and turns them into extraordinary projects for any skill level.

This is the other book that ties for favorite. It should be named The Polymer Clay Bible. Judy put together a masterpiece that blends beautiful pictures with a wealth of historical and instructional information. You can spend hours looking at all the contributing artists' "eye candy". Or you can spend days reading and absorbing not only the artistic background of polymer clay, but following the easy-to-understand project lessons.

I had never bent a single wire before I bought this book. I was scared to make even the simplest looped eyepin for earrings. Mark takes you through every single step from the very beginning. He starts by explaining the wire and tools clearly, and shows you clear photos (of the right and wrong) every step of the way. I can not praise this book enough. If you want to learn basic to intermediate wire working, buy this book!

Like the book above, I can not recommend this book enough to aspiring seed beaders. No joke, everything you need to know is in this book. Carol gives large, clear diagrams of all the seed beading stitches and patterns. There is plenty of fabulous eye candy to inspire you as well.

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