If you need a "hit" of polymer clay inspiration, you’ll want to take a look at this new book from England’s Carol Blackburn. She has a way of taking standard techniques and enlivening them with her own vision. I’m a big fan of her backfilling tips.

The book is a colorful treat that’s laid out in a way that makes every step obvious and clear. True to its title, the book focuses more on beadmaking than on the construction of finished pieces. This isn’t a project book, it’s a hefty primer for beginners and accomplished clayers alike.

If you’re in a listening mood, be sure to tune into Alison Lee’s Craftcast chat with Donna Kato who talks about work that transcends the material it’s made of. Nice concept to ponder this weekend.

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  • reply Rebecca Burns ,

    I agree. I just got this book and it perfectly suits my needs for a book just about polymer clay beads. I’ve leafed through it three times already and know that it will direct and inspire me on to my best creations yet. I’m new, but working on my beads and this book is the best yet for polymer clay bead making alone.

    • reply Lunes ,

      Would love to get my hands on a copy of this book. I have looked on Amazon France & UK but it’s not available yet!…….I’ll ave to keep my fingers crossed!

      • reply cheryl ,

        try overstock.com they started shipping the preorders.

        • reply Linda Phillips ,

          I saw, touched, and ordered this book while I was at Florida In February, last weekend. I can’t wait to get it–so many great projects. And Carol was in my class. What a delightful lady!

          • reply Catriona ,

            For Lunes: I got mine from Amazon.uk a couple of weeks ago – try them again…

            • reply Loren ,

              Great book, easy to understand projects with ample pictures and instructions. Something for everyone – you’ll love it.

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