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Make It with Air-Dry Clay
20 Creative Projects for Modeling, Sculpting & Crafting
Fay de Winter

Search Press
22 December 2016/ ISBN 9781782215165
How-To Books/General Craft

Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde


You don’t need a kiln or any expensive equipment when you work with air-dry clay; you don’t even need an oven! Have fun making twenty different projects and discover how versatile this medium can be.

I confess to usually working with oven-fix products like Fimo or Sculpey when I fancy doing a spot of modeling. I had assumed (erroneously) that air-drying clays were for children, a step up from plasticine but not really suitable for adult projects. Reading through this useful book soon showed me I was wrong! For example you don’t need to buy it, you can make it, and there are two recipes to try. You can color it, work with it in much the same way as clay and make all kinds of things with it. Learn how to look after it, work with it safely and what tools you need to obtain (many you already own) and master a few basic techniques. These include making simple coil and pinch pots, roll out a neat flat slab, decorating, painting and sealing your work. The rest of the book contains the twenty projects, which all have easy to follow step-by-step instructions with staged photographs. Make your own feather shaped gift tags, decorate gift boxes and mirrors, design unique jewelry, tealight holders, pots and ornaments. These are all fun, contemporary items that are simple and quick to make for beginners and serve as an introduction to this overlooked and surprisingly versatile medium.

If you cannot find a good range of air-drying clays locally visit for a list of suppliers.

UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines.
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