Welcome to Studio Saturday! Each week one of our contributors gives you a sneak peek into their studio, creative process or inspirations. We ask a related question of our readers and hope you'll leave comments! As an incentive we offer a free prize each week to bribe you to use that keyboard. The following week we choose a random winner.
Congrats to Alice who is the winner of two Earthenwood pendants. Please email Melanie with your mailing address so she can send your new pendants out to you!
This week we have guest blogger Lori Anderson bringing us a fun book review.
I was thrilled when Potter Craft sent me a copy of Sherri Haab's latest book, "The Art of Resin Clay". I'd never heard of these techniques before and was immediately intrigued.
This 144 page book contains five chapters:
* Resin Clay Essentials
* Imitative Techniques, which covers faux scrimshaw, raku, coral, and metallic effects.
* Creating Bezels for rings and pendants
* Mixing Resin Clay with Other Mediums, such as embedding beads, using colored pencils, etc.
*Molding and Sculpting Techinques, such as repairing and redesigning vintage jewelry and creating beads over cores.
All of Sherri's books are eye candy. If you never make a single project, you'll still get inspired just by flipping through the book. But you'll want to try these projects out, because she breaks things down in such a way that ANYONE can do it.
Sherri thoroughly covers the basics, so when you start the projects, you'll feel comfortable. There are tons of step-by-step photos to lead you along, and the contributor gallery shots are amazing, showing you just how far you can take this new medium
And now, I'm giving it to one of you!
So the question this week - what has been your favorite bead book of 2011? Leave a comment and be sure there's a way to contact you.
Then visit my blog, Pretty Things, and learn about the upcoming Bead Soup Blog Party! It's one of the largest bead swap blog hops you'll come across, and wouldn't it be cool to use your new resin clay techniques for the Party?
Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off. She is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.