My Designs Featured In Marie Segal New Book

by anna on November 15, 2013

in Anna's Blog

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And so it came in a big yellow envelope – a long awaited wonder. Since I was very young, international mail for some reason puts me in a wonder expectation mood. Maybe because when I was little, my Mom’s friends used to send me toys and sweets from overseas.

My address is blurred out for privacy reasons. It's not that I don't like visitors; it's that I like visitors I know about :)

My address is blurred out for privacy reasons. It’s not that I don’t like visitors; it’s that I like visitors I know about 🙂

But this time it wasn’t a toy or a sweet – it was Marie Segal‘s new book, “The Polymer Clay Artist’s Guide” with four of my designs featured in it. A present as sweet as the ones I used to get when I was a little girl. I want to thank Marie and her publishers, Quarto Publishers, for this wonderful opportunity! You were very easy to work with, and I have enjoyed the experience!

Front of the book - notice the cool squares illustrating various polymer clay techniques

Front of the book – notice the cool squares illustrating various polymer clay techniques

The book itself is really interesting and is, in fact, more of a polymer clay encyclopedia. Marie did a terrific job on explaining lots of polymer clay techniques. Each technique is illustrated by images of beautiful work by Marie or other talented polymer clay artists, inspiring you to try it out and make something of your own. Some of the works featured in the book are so beautiful and imaginative, they’ll make your jaw drop! 🙂

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Back of the book showcasing some of the lovely designs presented in the book

Four of my designs were featured. They each demonstrate a particular polymer clay technique – mosaics, carving, filigree, and caning.

Canned World Necklace. I made it with purpose of demonstrating various micro-mosaic techniques, three of which were invented and developed my me

Canned World Necklace. I made it with purpose of demonstrating various micro-mosaic techniques, three of which were invented and developed my me

Organic Cell Bracelet. I use hand tools to carve raw clay, and backfill carved lines after baking with a contrasting color to create the pattern. Organic Cell designs were inspired by the structure of living plant cells (so, crystals symbolize nuclear centers, of course)

Organic Cell Bracelet. I use hand tools to carve raw clay, and backfill carved lines after baking with a contrasting color to create the pattern. Organic Cell designs were inspired by the structure of living plant cells (so, crystals symbolize nuclear centers, of course)

Basket of Flowers brooch. Once I noticed how much clay filigree resembles intricate basket weave, I wanted to make one. I have since received multiple requests to make another one. Sorry, folks, what has been sold as "one of a kind" is going to remain OOAK :) Flowers are hand-sculpted and have pearl centers. A small correction to the book's text - it is not metal beads, it is pearls. I love to photograph pearls, and maybe show their luster to the extent that they start looking metallic :)

Basket of Flowers brooch. Once I noticed how much clay filigree resembles intricate basket weave, I wanted to make one. I have since received multiple requests to make another one. Sorry, folks, what has been sold as “one of a kind” is going to remain OOAK 🙂 Flowers are hand-sculpted and have pearl centers. A small correction to the book’s text – it is not metal beads, it is pearls. I love to photograph pearls, and maybe show their luster to the extent that they start looking metallic 🙂

Sea Homes Necklace. This design won me 3rd place in 2012 Bead Dreams contest. Pods are constructed in my signature wrapped hollow pod technique, and lace cane was used to decorate them. I have been a shell lover since day zero, and shells have always fascinated me. Hollow silicone cord pods are strung on is filled with tiny seed beads in various shades of blue and white to resemble sea water

Sea Homes Necklace. This design won me 3rd place in 2012 Bead Dreams contest. Pods are constructed in my signature wrapped hollow pod technique, and lace cane was used to decorate them. I have been a shell lover since day zero, and shells have always fascinated me. Hollow silicone cord pods are strung on is filled with tiny seed beads in various shades of blue and white to resemble sea water

I have limited page views to my designs not only for copyright protection, but also for not spoiling surprise for you, my dear friends. You are going to love the book.

Here is a closer look at the featured designs

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Thank you again, Marie, it has been great meeting you and working with you! Thank you, Sarah and Shelley from Quarto Publishers, for all of the effort, dedication and excellent work you have put into this project! And thank you, my dear readers!

You can purchase The Polymer Clay Artist’s Guide here: http://clayfactory.net or here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Polymer-Clay-Artists-Guide/dp/1770852077

 

 

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saf February 15, 2015 at 6:36 pm

Hi can you please tell me if the book explains how you made the pearl flower basket brooch? Did you bake the flower with the pearl beads and wire attached? Please reply back.
By the way you are very talented. Well done . 🙂

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anna February 15, 2015 at 10:04 pm

Hi,

Thank you. Brooch project is not specifically described in the book, but the technique is. I did bake beads and wire together with the clay. It is a good idea to test a bead or two first, to make sure that they will withstand the heat, rather than to have your entire design damaged. Hope this helps.

Best,
Anna

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