Book Review: Color Inspirations

Make room in your bookcase for a new essential text. Nan Roche’s historic work, The New ClayThe New Clay, which we’ve long referred to as The Bible of polymer may have to be renamed now as The Old Testament and moved one slot to the left. There’s a New Testament coming to town and it’s titled Polymer Clay Color Inspirations: Techniques and Jewelry Projects for Creating Successful PalettesPolymer Clay Color Inspirations by Lindly Haunani and Maggie Maggio.

If I had been asked to nominate a title for Lindly and Maggie’s new addition to the polymer library, I might have been tempted to call it “Everything You Wanted to Know About Color…..But Were Afraid to Ask.” That, however, would have been both derivative and long-winded, two qualities that one never has to fear in this indispensable book of 144 information-packed pages.

After my own cover-to-cover read, I dashed instantly to the telephone with a list of questions for Lindly that I felt the readers of Polymer Art Archive would want to have answered. Here are the questions and her responses: Continue reading

Selection from the Collection: Crayon Lei

Lindly Haunani, Crayon Lei in Oranges and Greens, 1998
Translucent polymer, Super Flex polymer, chopped crayons, nylon thread
2″h  x 2″w  x 23″long

This necklace was made for the faculty exhibit at the First National Polymer Clay Guild Conference at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  It was the second piece in a series of related color studies using the chopped crayons as a clay body additive with translucent clay- related designs included: bracelets, earrings and stacked pendants.

Lindly writes about this piece: Continue reading