Reviewed by Cindi McGee
Being an artist who enjoys working with polymer clay, canes have always intrigued me. I find their intricate, colorful patterns amazing and true works of art. However, I always believed that attaining their delicate patterns was beyond my realm of skills. Exploring Canework in Polymer Clay by Patricia Kimle begins with the necessary tools, materials, and steps for caning. Next, she guides you through important lessons on determining color palettes for your canes. From there, what I consider an extensive variety of caning techniques, ranging from simple to complex, geometrics to florals, are described in depth with full color step-out photos and instructions. A sample project featuring the finished cane is shared along with each unique technique. Each section is features a different color page border for easy referencing of the different parts of the book. Patricia finishes with an artists gallery in which she shares some truly amazing examples of wearable art created with polymer clay canes. Exploring Canework in Polymer Clay by Patricia Kimle makes me anxious to try caning myself and it is a book I will keep close by for inspiration.
Exploring Canework in Polymer Clay by Patricia Kimle is published by www.KalmbachBooks.com. Softcover, full color, 94 pages. MSRP $21.95.