Explore the lyrical world of polymer clay. With its delicate, organic aura, polymer clay is the perfect expressive material for any jewelry design. Designer Rie Nagumo offers innovative ideas for making 29 unique and artistic jewelry pieces, including, necklaces, bracelets, rings, pendants, broaches, belts, and earrings. In Enlightened Polymer Clay, you’ll also find clear instructions on creating metal-clay chain links as well as ring forms, which enable you to incorporate your own fine metal findings into the designs.
The simple elegance of Nagumo’s designs speak to her deep appreciation of nature’s elements and formsfrom stones and flowers to geometric shapes. Step-by-step instructions provide a clear roadmap to a variety of polymer clay techniques, such as mokume gane, caning, texturing, image transfers, and more. With Nagumo’s beautiful designs, you’ll discover how to maximize your self-expression without having to settle for unauthentic, mass-produced designs.
Also included is a how-to section for creating your own handmade polymer clay accessories combining silver clay such as Precious Metal Clay and Art Clay Silvergiving designs a rich, elegant appearance.
Rie Nagumo is a jeweler and artist specializing in polymer and metal clay. She lives, works, and teaches in Japan.
"Altogether I find this an excellent resource... The author is obviously a very creative and original jewelry designer with a unique aesthetic who shares new ways to be creative and artistic with clay. For this reason, I'm happy to give this book five stars." Sharilyn Miller, author, Wire Art Jewelry Workshop
"Jewelry artist Rie Nagumo has a way of looking at polymer clay and working with it that is completely unexpected and delightful. There is an organic quality to Rie's designs, but also a precision in the simple and elegant forms." Cyndi Lavin, Beading-Arts.com
"This book made me start thinking of polymer clay and jewelry designing in a very different way.... What Rie Nagumo does with polymer clay is mind-blowing and amazing and just beautiful!" Tammy Powley, About.com Guide to Jewelry Making
"Delivers polymer clay that looks like anything but plastic! The pieces included in this book by Rie Nagumo are delicate and organic. Many of her forms have translucence that adds an extra dimension with light." CraftGossip.com
"If your idea of polymer clay is clunky, chunky lifeless pieces then be prepared for a surprise as most of these designs are quirky, light and just plain fun." Sandy Amazeen, MonstersandCritics.com
"To learn more about making polymer clay jewelry and to be inspired by twenty-nine polymer clay jewelry designs that are, I dare say, unlike others you've seen, get your copy of Rie Nagumo's "Enlightened Polymer Clay". Whether you're entirely new to polymer clay or have been using it for years, you'll be comfortable with and inspired by this gorgeous little book." - Tammy Jones, JewelryMakingDaily.com