BAKER'S CLAY: Cutouts, Sculptures, and Projects with Flour, Salt, and Water by Ethie Williamson

BAKER'S CLAY: Cutouts, Sculptures, and Projects with Flour, Salt, and Water

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Baker's clay is an easy-to-make, inexpensive molding material, an alternative to clay that can be baked in a standard kitchen oven and decorated in countless ways. The imaginative examples shown here demonstrate the variety of ideas available to anyone from adult beginners to the youngest school children. Although original forms are a likely starting point, cookie cutters can help in making regular shapes, and common kitchen tools--a garlic press, a pastry tube--are useful for making trim. Adding familiar substances such as instant coffee can change texture and color, and egg yolk makes a fine glaze. The emphasis is on elementary procedures (simple additions like pasta or bits of metal to the pre-baked material, tempera paint for the baked product) but more advanced techniques, some involving access to an electric saw, are also illustrated. Although the completed pieces rarely look delicate, baker's clay can be used for Christmas tree ornaments, bread baskets, mirrors, masks, mobiles--a wide range of artifacts--all with a friendly, handmade look.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1976
Publisher: Van Nostrand Reinhold