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The New Clay.

THE NEW CLAY. Nan Roche. Rockville, MD: Flower Valley Press, 1991. Illustrated, 144 pp., hardcover, $22.95.

No kiln? No problem! This is one of the first books to treat polymer clay in a serious and comprehensive fashion. This material is not the traditional clay that has been turned into pots and sculpture for thousands of years. Instead, the author writes about the properties of a plastic called polyvinyl chloride (known by trade names of Fimo, Sculpy and Modello), which is soft and moldable at room temperature and is hardened and fused into a permanent plastic with a relatively low level of heat (212[degrees]-260[degrees]). Colorful jewelry and sculpture examples by gifted artists are featured in almost one hundred color photos. Excellent working diagrams also assist the reader in finding inventive ways to use this intriguing material. Recommended for middle school to adult education levels.
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Date:Nov 1, 1992
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