review: clay, so cute!
Clay So Cute!: 21 Polymer Clay Projects for Cool Charms, Itty-Bitty Animals, and Tiny Treasures is a really fun book for kids to learn about polymer clay and make some cute projects. It is written by prolific author, Sherri Haab and published by Watson-Guptill. Sherri Haab also wrote “The Incredible Clay Book” (which sold over a million copies!), plus many other books about jewelry making and other creative pursuits.
The book includes lots of fun pictures as well as basic information about polymer clay, such as how to bake for permanency or to fix broken pieces (good to know!). It also tells about tools and supplies needed, plus safety tips. I liked that the author had explanations of things you’ll need to make jewelry with. That was helpful and interesting!
Clay So Cute!: 21 Polymer Clay Projects for Cool Charms, Itty-Bitty Animals, and Tiny Treasures is divided into three sections, the first being “All Jewelry, All the Time”. There are many projects making colorful and fun jewelry pieces of all types. I thought the cookie cutter necklace was really cute and so easy, even for a beginner! The second area, “Fantastic Foods” has lots of yummy treats to make and then wear. The chocolicious bracelet looked real — and delicious — enough to eat! “This and That” is the last section, with other neat ideas, like the treasure tins to decorate any way you like!
Polymer clay is a fun and easy art medium for kids to use and they can explore endless avenues of creativity with it. And this is a excellent book for girls to use if they are just starting out or even if they just want to find some new projects to make!
Specifically designed with the tween (8–12-year-old) girl in mind, Clay So Cute! shows how one of the easiest mediums—polymer clay, which need only be baked in the oven—can be sculpted into quick, simple, totally fun jewelry and accessories.
Given our proven track record in selling polymer clay DIY books to the adult market, and Haab’s wide fan base and successful previous books, Clay So Cute! will be an instant success with girls (and their mothers and grandmothers) looking for projects that are more sophisticated than “kid stuff,” but trendier and more age-appropriate than the pieces in adult clay books.
Using simple, step-by-step illustrated techniques, few tools, and updated colors to make tween-friendly projects like mini-cupcake charms, robot key chains, polka-dot ponytail holders, Japanese-style animals, and a wide assortment of necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, Clay So Cute! is a sweet discovery for tween girls.
About the Author:
SHERRI HAAB is the bestselling author of The Art of Metal Clay, Designer Style Jewelry, and The Art of Resin. Her books for tweens include The Hip Handbag Book, Way to Crochet, and Dangles and Bangles. Her Incredible Clay Book and Nail Art each sold more than 1 million copies. In all, she has more than 2.5 million books in print around the world.