Polymer Clay Gemstones—The Art of Deception
By Kim Schlinke and Randee M. Ketzel
This is not your ordinary how-to book! Austin TX based authors and polymer clay artists Kim Schlinke and Randee M. Ketzel artfully mix a clever mystery with 20 how-to projects that show step-by step photographs and instructions to create your own “ancient artifacts.” These polymer clay masterpieces are beautiful enough to grace a museum collection—or yours!
At 206 pages, this lavishly photographed book is stuffed with a multitude of projects that can be done just as presented with highly detailed step-by-step instruction, or used as starting points to make faux gems for use in all sorts of designs. Priced retail at $30, this hefty tome’s many how-to projects weigh in at the mere cost of $1.50 each. Many online tutorials are priced higher, without the added bonus of a story and a beautiful book.
Animal lovers will be pleased to note that our authors also give us the secrets of making replicas of ivory and tiger claw that involve no cruelty towards elephants or wild cats whatsoever.
Projects featured in this compendium include:
• Celtic Bronze Fibula
• Navajo Silver Pendant
• Art Nouveau Golden Gingko Brooch
• Carnelian Choker of Ancient Rome
• Amethyst Cabochons and Nugget Beads
• Amethyst Silver Art Nouveau Pendant
• Black Opal Cabochons, Barbarian Bracelet
• Chrysoprase Cabochons (A and B Grade), Hammered Cuff Bracelet
• Ancient Limestone Fossil Pebbles, Cycladic Goddess
• Leopardskin Jasper Primitive Pebble Bracelet
• Faux Twigs, Fantastical Forgeries Bracelet
• Blue Lace Agate Tile Bracelet
• Copper & Rhodochrosite Tiered Necklace
• Snowflake Jades Qin Dynasty Bangles
• Amber Caravan Necklace
• Primeval Coral Rock Hound Necklace
• Ammolite Cabochons, Gothic Revival Pendant
• Victorian Mourning Brooch
• Faux Tiger Claw Victorian Raj Brooch
• Faux Tiffany Glass Scarabs
• Faux Ivory Cuff Bracelet
Find out how it is all done—and “who done it”—along with our intrepid protagonists, Parker and Peele.
“What is this stuff?” wondered Parker, and her companion pointed her umbrella to the drawings that plastered the walls.
“The raw materials for the best forgeries ever seen” replied her friend. “This is where they were created.” Together they examined the drawings, exclaiming softly as they recognized several objects from the Museum.
Parker picked up one of the colorful lumps and frowned. “What is this, Peele? It’s soft like clay, but I’ve never seen these colors before.”
“No,” said her friend, “nor have I—at least in this form. I suspect it requires a catalyst of some type to render it into the false gems—ah, here!” Peele uncovered an array of electric ovens. “Heat—how charming. This must be some type of polymer, which, when brought to the proper temperature, then hardens. I have heard rumors. Could become just about anything, in skilled hands.”