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Book review: Enlightened Polymer Clay

Jewelry artist Rie Nagumo has a way of looking at polymer clay and working with it that is completely unexpected and delightful.  In her new book Enlightened Polymer Clay: Artisan Jewelry Designs Inspired By Nature, published by Interweave Press, the author brings her own unique sensibilities to the task of designing necklaces, bracelets, rings, pendants, and earrings using very simple techniques.  There is an organic quality to Rie's designs, but also a precision in the simple and elegant forms.

All the pictures come first, so you can pour over them, feast your eyes, and then go back to decide what you want to learn to make.  The instructions are clear and easy to follow, with simple techniques building upon each other as the designs become more involved.  There is also a bonus for the polymer clay artist, where Rie gives instructions on making metal clay links and ring forms.  To be able to combine these findings with your own polymer clay designs has to be the ultimate goal for many clay lovers.   

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