Exploring Canework in Polymer Clay: Color, Pattern, Surface Design
By Patricia Kimle
Published by Kalmbach Books
The book begins with Canework Basics. I found this extremely helpful since I haven't done claywork in jewelry since the 70's. It was a good review of the basics for me and will help any beginner to be successful. This section covers the history, tools, information about clay, baking, finishing and polishing. The information on the different types of clay & who produces them was extremely helpful since the hobby stores in my area carry only a selected few varieties. It made it easier for me to choose the clay I wanted to use. Also knowing not to mix brands was a good tip!
I love the Color lessons in the next section on Design Lessons. Here the author covers hue, saturation, value and color schemes. She shows how to blend & mix complementary colors, as well as, contrast colors. She also shows the difference between tint, tone, and shade. This is followed by construction, reducing, repeating, and slicing - the actual production of canes. This chapter is so helpful in making sure the color of clay desired stays true because colors change depending on so many factors!
The next two sections are about different ways to make canes; Simple and Complex. The Simple Section is definitely for the beginner, but it has 20 different projects and patterns. I was particularly drawn to the Checkerboard Canes starting on page 37 and the Complex Bull's Eye on page 46.
The last nine pages of the book are an Artist's Gallery of beautiful finished pieces!