Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Book review - 'The Polymer Clay Cookbook'

Author: Jessica and Susan Partain
ISBN: 0823024849/978-0823024841

Now, before I begin, I just want to draw your attention to the subtitle of this book: Tiny Food Jewelry to Whip Up and Wear (yes....it's the old 'jewelry' word again...grrr American spellings!) If I didn't, you might be forgiven into thinking this was a book about how to make mini foods for dolls houses and the like.
It's not.
If you're after realistic miniature food which looks good enough to eat and measures only a few millimetres, you're in the wrong place. Move along now, nothing to see here. But if you're after some inspiration to make kooky food-based jewellery items, then pull up a chair and have a read.

The beginning chapters prep the reader in polymer clay and jewellery techniques, both of which are great for both beginners and those of us who are more 'seasoned' in the craft. No jumping in at the deep end, expecting the readers to know it all; these are well presented instructions and techniques, useful for quick referencing as well as more in-depth reading.

There are 20 projects altogether, split into meal/food types: Fresh Fruit, Morning Favourites, Savoury Entrées, Sweet-Tooth Delights and Other Treats and Holiday Goodies. The great surprise is that included are seven recipes for real food! But not to worry, these are only a page long (with no pics), so they don't detract from the poly clay 'recipes'.

The projects are definitely aimed at the fun-loving amongst us; if you've got no qualms in wearing earrings in the shape of cinnamon buns, you're in the right place. They are rather simplistic in their design, but that doesn't stop them from being great pieces. Once you've gained in confidence, you could quite easily add more detail to the items.

If you head on over to their blog, you can get a taster of the projects in the book by watching a video on how to make tiny food burgers.

Favourite project = Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie
Least favourite project = Juicy Watermelon