December 1, 2009

Sculpting Mythical Creatures out of Polymer Clay

Sculpting Mythical Creatures out of Polymer Clay by Dinko and Boris Tilov is a magnificently beautiful how to book that teaches you how to make gnomes, pixies, Halflings, fairies, mermaids, gorgons, vampires, griffins, sphinxes, unicorns, centaurs, leviathans and dragons out of polymer clay.

This book is an excellent source for learning how to create the mythical creatures in this book because it was written by internationally known clay sculpting experts. The projects outlined in this book are done so that each project gets more difficult as you progress through the book.

Gnomes are the first project, and while it isn’t my favorite – they actually end up being quite cute in an odd sort of way. It is also shown step by step (as in all sections) on how to do it as well as variations on the project if you want to make something a bit different.

The fairies chapter is my favorite section, even if it is a bit more difficult. The braided hair, fairy wings and clothing looks quite difficult but it gives an enchanting effect. I love too that they show that the wings could easily be made into a butterfly – quite easily too.

The vampire section is also another favorite of mine; my only suggestion was that the vampires should have been made out of white clay (not green). If I ever get really good at making these, I could make variations of the Cullens from Twilight.

The characters are all great for inspiration and the knowledge on making these mythical creatures could be used to make other mythical creatures - or real creatures as well.

The resource page in the back of the book is also a fantastic addition for this book. It is really helpful for those that want to learn more about sculpting, polymer clay, mythical creatures and more.

Overall, I think that Sculpting Mythical Creatures out of Polymer Clay is an extraordinary book that really is able to help everyone from beginners to experts on sculpting these mythical creatures out of polymer clay. I highly recommend it to anyone that is looking for a whimsical creative journey into a mythical world of fun.


Lee said...

Too bad I barely have a crafty bone in my body...

Melanie's Randomness said...

My mom is doll maker so she sometimes make the faces out of polymer clay. It always looks fun when she does. Maybe I'll give it a whirl one day. =)