Crafting Cute by Danielle Clark (Dani Banani) is such a fun introduction to the world of Kawaii and polymer clay. The instructions are clear and the equipment is easy to obtain. Also, alongside the steps are super cute images to help inspire your designs.Title: Crafting Cute: Polymer Clay the Kawaii Way
Author: Danielle Clark
Publisher: Rock Point
Publication Date: November 26, 2019
Let Dani Banani of the popular Etsy shop FunUsual Suspects show you how to make 50 kawaii creations out of inexpensive and easy-to-find polymer clay. Kawaii—the culture of cuteness, originating in Japan—is everywhere, and it’s time to join the cuteness revolution with these amazingly fun projects.
Just follow the simple step-by-step photos and instructions to create darling characters, ranging from small trinkets to larger home accessories, including:
25 itty-bitty and ridiculously cute charms, earrings, brooches, and figurines of Popsicles, macarons, French toast, waffles, bacon and eggs, donuts, tacos, sloths, unicorns, and more.
15 adorable midsize pieces, such as plant holders, desk accessories, and ring holders in the shapes of llamas, hedgehogs, whales, jellyfish, and more.
10 large “showstopper” pieces, such as a rainbow soap dish, fairy garden, penguin tic-tac-toe game, and robot paper clip holder.
With information to get you started, including techniques on softening the clay, color mixing, and baking, Crafting Cute will have you delightfully sculpting in no time.
❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃
Review: Crafting Cute: Polymer Clay the Kawaii Way
This book’s focus is really all about crafting cute clay figurines, so there is not much as far as a table of contents goes. The author gives a brief introduction about herself and how she got her start working with clay. Also, Dani describes a few tools to obtain for creating the figurines, and suggests to grow a collection as you go along.
Kawaii, as Dani explains, is perfect to start learning how to craft with clay, as the cute images are simple in their lines and curves. She gives advice on how to work with polymer clay as well in clear, concise language with lots of visuals. There are instructions for many of the items you can find in her Etsy shop, such as charms, figurines, and earrings.
I started off with a simple book charm to get my feet wet before tackling some of the more difficult projects. It is so therapeutic and fun to make these little figurines, and I can see myself making more of them. I really appreciate the author’s descriptions of how to work with the clay to activate it and the tips to ensure success.
Crafting Cute is a wonderful book to learn the basics of working with polymer clay. It is a perfect guide for preteens, as well as adults. Definitely a great gift for the crafter on your list.