Learn To Work With The Most Versatile Art Medium
In All Of The Art & Craft Market!
That medium, of course, is Polymer Clay. You can sculpt
it, carve it, make it look like glass or stone, imitate
metal, and cover just about anything that will withstand
curing temperatures. The possibilities are endless!
And now, thanks to the Master Artisans Video Instructional
Series from MindStorm Productions, you can learn to
work with clay to transform ordinary objects around
your home into artistic treasures.
"Introduction To Polymer Clays" is the first video
in a four volume set featuring renowned Master Polymer
Clay Artisan, Donna Kato. Pop the tape in your VCR and
get ready for 56 minutes of instruction covering a variety
of ways you can use clay to create works of art. You'll
be amazed at the amount of information packed into this
Donna starts off by defining what is polymer clay.
She then shows you how to prepare it and cure it for
use in your projects. The opening section features an
in-depth look at the basic types of clays available
on the market, their features and applications. Among
them: Sculpey, Super Sculpey, Sculpey III, Promat, Premo
Sculpey, Granitex, Fimo, and Cernit.
Donna then offers suggestions for choosing the clays
that are best suited for your projects. She explains
that your choices will be influenced by a variety of
elements, including the temperature of your hands and
the particular techniques you'll be using to create
your pieces. And she reminds us that when it comes to
working with clay, success is determined by the skill
and patience of the person using it. When selecting
clay, she encourages you to, "Try them all! Then decide
which one works best for you."
After you've chosen your clay, choosing the tools you
work with is a critical step in the results you'll achieve.
"The best tools you have are probably your two hands,"
says Donna. Then she demonstrates additional tools you'll
need to make your job easier. You'll also learn what
type of surfaces are best to work on, what types of
ovens you should use to cure your projects, and why
it's important to avoid shiny surfaces while curing.
You'll also learn a simple formula for determining curing
time based on the thickness of the clay.
The beauty of working with clay is the large variety
of colors that are available from which you can choose.
But what happens if you can't find the color you're
looking for? Don't worry. Donna will show you how to
mix your own, using primary and secondary colors. And
she'll teach you how to reproduce those same colors
over and over again. She'll also demonstrate a simple
method for creating graded colors.
Once you've been working with clay you'll find that
you have a lot of "scrap" pieces left over. But don't
throw them out! You're going to learn how to use that
"scrap clay" to create push molds from objects as common
as seashells. You're also going to learn how to make
clay figurines, how to imitate granite, malachite, and
stone using polymer clay and embossing powder, and how
to turn a "silly" technique borrowed from your childhood
into beautiful works of art!
Donna also introduces you to the basics of millefiori,
the most popular technique used by polymer clay artisans.
"What millefiori does is build pictures lengthwise in
clay," says Donna. Confused? You won't be after seeing
examples of it and creating your very own lime cane!
This section is also a great introduction to Volume
3 of Donna's series: "Millefiori Basics."
"Introduction To Polymer Clays" covers a wide range
of topics. The beauty of this program is that you'll
learn by doing. While some of the projects may seem
complicated, by following Donna's step-by-step instructions
you'll see how easy and how much fun working with clay