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I am very fortunate in that I get many lovely craft books sent to me to review. I love looking through them and telling you about them, and often will pass them on to you.

But very rarely (if ever) do I get a book that makes me go “Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!” as soon as I clap eyes on it. But squee I did when I pulled this baby out of its mailing envelope last week:


This is The Polymer Clay Cookbook: Tiny Food Jewelry to Whip Up and Wear by Jessica and Susan Partain. Published by Watson-Guptill Publications, its release date is today, October 20.

And oh my gosh and golly. My first instinct was to take photos of every freaking page to show you. But that would be wrong.

The authors, Jessica and Susan, are sisters. In the introduction they explain that they’ve been playing with polymer clay since childhood. They talk about their relationship with food — how it evokes memories and emotions, and ties to places and times of our lives. So what could be better than to create a “Cookbook” of miniature polymer clay jewelry in the shape of favorite foods?

They start with a section of great information about polymer clay and how to work with it.


This section is extremely comprehensive and covers types of polymer clay, tools that you need, and includes a lot of great information about working and baking the clay and adding color and glazes to your masterpieces. Included in this section is a recipe for a sugar scrub that will remove excess clay from your hands.

Next is a chapter called “Jewelry-Making 101: Tools and Techniques.”


This covers supplies, tools and techniques that you need to turn your tiny clay masterpieces into charms, earrings, rings, bracelets, etc. There’s even a great section on bead stringing — beads can really enhance your mini-food jewelry.

Now we get to the really fun stuff: the recipes for tiny foods.

These are divided into five chapters: Fresh Fruit, Morning Favorites, Savory Entrees, Sweet-Tooth Delights and Other Treats, and Holiday Goodies. The photos here had me squeeing all over again.

Check out this banana bracelet.


And who the heck doesn’t want a bacon and eggs ring? Seriously.


Or taco earrings?


Or would you prefer soft pretzel earrings?


And of course, the ultimate Thanksgiving accessory: a pumpkin pie necklace!


My only question — is that whipped cream or Cool Whip on those pie slices? ๐Ÿ˜‰

An added bonus: a recipe or two for a real (i.e. edible) treat is included in each of these sections. A very nice touch!

Believe it or not, I’m going to give my review copy away to one of you. You may ask why, since I’m squeeing all over the place about this book. The answer is simple: if I were to keep this book I would very quickly find myself surrounded by pounds of polymer clay and jewelry findings and my poor knitting would languish unloved for an extended period of time. Yes, I have a compulsive personality.

Ah yes, I remember The Unfortunate Incident of the Bead Stringing Class back around 1989. I took one innocent class in bead stringing and very quickly found myself taking more classes, and more classes, surrounded by piles and piles of jewelry supplies. I gave away all my jewelry supplies a few years ago and I don’t need to become obsessed once again, thank you very much.


So leave a comment to this post if you’d like to have this book, but do so at your own peril. It is addictive!

(Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)

The Random Number Generator will select a winner next Monday, October 26, noon-ish.

Lucy Sez:


“Are there salmon earrings in that book?”

P.S. — yesterdays pile o’ packages? Mostly boring non-yarn household items. Sorry to disappoint.

P.P.S. — Lucy loves the cleaning lady. She always enjoys the days that Miss Jackie comes to play with her clean the house. The only part she does not like is the vacuum cleaner, and Jackie thoughtfully does that last.


  1. If I won that book, I would give it to my little sister so that I could have the benefit of the jewelry without losing knitting time.

  2. Wendy,

    My sister would go crazy for that book. She teaches ESL and I can see her using it as a great teaching tool. Thanks for the opportunity!

  3. I would love to win that book and give it to my daughter would would really love making that jewelry.

  4. I too have had several of these addictions – I don’t want the book.

    But think of the stitch marker possibilities…

  5. Oh put me in the running! The jewelry looks to cute!


  7. squeeeeee
    that book looks AWESOME!!!!
    .-= ann-marie mackay´s last blog ..Mittens =-.

  8. Lorraine C. says:

    Wendy, You are very bad to show those pictures. Now I want the book sooo bad. And I have the clay to do them with. Yes, I am a craft whore too.

  9. the first comment is so apt, BFFofWendy could make great stitchmarkers ๐Ÿ™‚ I love that pumpkin pie necklace, but I think some earring slices could work well too. Hmmm…..obsessive, no not me :p

  10. The taco earrings are great. That is my favorite food. I could wear those instead of eating the actual tacos. Great diet tip Wendy.

  11. I want to make polymer clay stitch markers so, so bad. This book looks wonderful! If Random Number Generator picks me, I will make you some foodie stitch markers. Your choice!!
    .-= boutrosbabe´s last blog ..Setting Up Accounts =-.

  12. I love all things tiny and food. Count me in! ๐Ÿ˜€

  13. OMG!!!! How cute!!! Def need to take up this hobby ๐Ÿ™‚
    .-= Whitney´s last blog ..Emergency =-.

  14. OMG. That book is proof that you don’t know what you absolutely want until you see it ๐Ÿ˜ฎ Sign me up!

    Sign! Me! UP!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. I used to *love* playing with polymer clay! This book is so cute, I would love to play around with the clay again… I might just have to add it to my Amazon list if I’m not lucky here.
    .-= Carolyn Ell´s last blog ..FO: Wedding Shawl #2 (aka Ishbel) =-.

  16. Compulsive personality – so there is a name for the bins I have with jewelry supplies and soap making supplies and stamping supplies that don’t even fit into my sewing/knitting room???
    Would love the book anyway!

  17. I bought the tools and I bought the clay and I even have an old toaster oven for cooking it, but I have struggled with the learning curve. Food I could do!

  18. What a great book! I love polymer clay!

  19. That book is just adorable!

  20. Aunt Colleen says:

    I would love a new obsession.

  21. Jen in MN says:

    What a cool book! I’m also a rather obsessive crafter. Weaving is my thing right now and my knitting is waiting patiently.

  22. I do so want this book. If I’m selected, I’ll search through it for something special for Miss Lucy!
    .-= Diane´s last blog ..Frosty Start =-.

  23. Lori Beard says:

    Oh yes, I would love to win that book, pleaseandthankyou.

    EeeEEEEe! Lookit the TACOS!

  24. That book looks so cute!!

  25. Robin May says:

    What fun! I would love to give a copy to my daughter!

  26. Oh! I would love a chance at this book! How cute are those teensy pretzles!?!

  27. After examining the pie necklace closely, it is absolutely real whipped cream. this is one book I would love to own. I am a challenged artist, stick fish are my style, so am amazed by anyone who can do this kind of stuff. In addition, I am challenged enough that I know I will never be able do this so will not be out bying up an entire store of polymer clay. My grandaughter might, but I won’t. Hope I am the lucky number. Thanks for the chance, Wnedy. N

  28. Carrie McDade says:

    Tiny bits of food jewelry…what could be more wonderful!
    Here’s hoping the random number generator picks me, me, me!

    p.s. I think my 2 yo boy kitty is a Ragdoll kitty…he is a laissez faire kinda guy who loves to play and melts like butter into my arms when I pick him up and pet him. He has hair like Lucy, but he is all black (dark brown in the sun…and actually white w/black tips if you stroke him backwards, which he doesn’t mind, but doesn’t really like, either).


  29. It doesn’t matter that the packages are “boring household stuff”…. I love all packages….ok I can’t say I love all packages equally…but I love all packages.


  30. A necklace of food? How convenient! And cute. Please sign me up!

  31. years ago my mother gave me a pair of polymer clay earrings that are quarter slices of watermelon. They have proven to be my favorites in the summer. Nedless to say that book is intriging.

  32. Squeeeee back atcha! What could be more fun than watching old movies? Answer- polymer clay foodettes! That breakfast ring is a must.

  33. I tried that clay stuff a few years back, but would be glad to try it again with better directions! Love the blog and your designs.

  34. I would so love to make little taco earrings. Oh random number generator hear my number!
    .-= Eli´s last blog ..Successful Organ Transplant! =-.

  35. I love the book !!! I want to win !!!

  36. Ooo I’d like a go at that book… I once traded some yarn for some stitch markers.. and they are SO adorable… I’d love to make some of my own!!

  37. Great book! Good luck to us all!

  38. I have a grand-daughter who would love a book like that – and who knows, some of the artwork might wander back this way as stitch markers! {g}
    .-= PlainJane´s last blog ..A Meme From Knitnana =-.

  39. Wowser! If the rest of the book is as neat as the pages you showed — what fun! Count me in.
    .-= LizA.´s last blog ..Finally! Some Quilting =-.

  40. Margaret Lifgren says:

    Would love to take that book off your hands, it looks great. You’re so generous to share.

  41. Sqeee indeed! Those taco earrings are the best!

  42. i have so been waiting for this book!!! It looks fabulous, thanks for posting about it! I feel a bit intimidated at times with the clay but still play with it, need some guidance!
    .-= turtle´s last blog ..18 years ago today =-.

  43. Judy Wilkinson says:

    I was just getting ready to learn how to make some polymer clay buttons for a sweater.

  44. Hi Wendy,
    This book looks delightful! I would love to win it!

  45. Wendy, I need this book. I love polymer clay. I have been making polymer clay beads for the ends of my homemade knitting needles. If I don’t win this book I will have to buy it.Thanks for sharing all your wonderful thoughts with us.

  46. Not for myself but I have a jewelry crafty friend. I stick to my hooks needles and thread! Thanks.

  47. Fun! Sounds like the kind of book to really sit and drool over ๐Ÿ™‚

  48. Like so many already mentioned. Those would be really great stitchmarkers.
    .-= Brigitte´s last blog ..Project Christmas =-.

  49. I love how stitch markers are the first and main idea everyone simultaneously got, lol.

    I haven’t used polymer clay in years, and I manage a restaurant. I would love to walk in every day with a different piece of food jewellery (we’re mostly French influenced, though, is there a confit of duck necklace?)
    .-= Ali´s last blog ..Ooof =-.

  50. So cute! They would make adorable buttons, and I can never find the right button!

  51. I’d love to have that book!! It looks like so much fun – thanks!

  52. OOOOOooooooo, Wendy! I would loooooove to have that book!

  53. This looks like such a fun and informative book. I have had a few trips into the world of polymer clay, and am preparing for another adventure. I just picked up a toaster oven on clearance for baking my creations.
    .-= Sarah´s last blog ..One Down =-.

  54. Oh my gosh, I squeeee with thee! :o) I love polymer clay and used it a lot for jewelry app. 15-ish years ago – and I especially loved it when I pulled off making great looking miniatures like this.

  55. Eee! Holy Frito Lay potato chip brand products, that is creative. I’d love to take a closer look at it. *Crosses fingers*

  56. annalilly says:

    What a cool book! Can I win even if I don’t bribe sweet Lucy with salmon? (Sorry, Lucy, I can’t cook fish.)

  57. jane wileman says:

    Oh yes please!!! I love jewellery… and food!!! The two together? I’ll be wearing heaven!! xx

  58. kathybowathy says:

    Would love to have the book if just for all the how-to technical stuff.

  59. I love to walk on the wild side and am easily persuaded to new crafts. MMMMM – Bacon!!!

  60. I wonder – can you make little clay animal thingy-bobs for the ends of needles or as stichmarkers? Oh the possibilities!!!!

  61. What great stitch markers! I want to learn how to make them!!!!!
    .-= LizzieK8´s last blog ..Go Look Again! =-.

  62. Also fearing a new obsession, I gave all of my polymer clay to my daughter. But this book makes me wonder if I was too hasty….

  63. How cute!!! This will go to my girls if you pick my number, honest. Mom, of course, will have to supervise;)
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..20 Years Ago Today. =-.

  64. This book is fantastic! I could make a necklace of tiny Ohio State buckeyes to wear to football games. I might not be able to find the time to knit socks!

  65. I have a friend who makes the most amazing things out of polymer! She would love this book for new ideas! I am trying to get her to make stitch markers for knitters; she made some wonderful penguins for me!

  66. Please choose me random number generator! I already mess about with polymer clay.

  67. And see where you like to become completely in thralled, I like to dabble, so a bit of clay or beads here, knit there, and there. etc.

    So I would love copy, it looks like fun and great gifts for the holidays could be made.

    .-= Sarah O G´s last blog ..Lydia Underfoot Oldencia, June 2008 – October 2009 =-.

  68. Marian Allen says:

    SQUEEEEEEE right back at you! I have been thinking about getting back into polymer clay – I reslly don’t have enough stitch markers!

  69. I can just see taco buttons! How great!

  70. love love love. I have purchased mini polymer clay food on Etsy. Can’t wait to find a copy and see in person.

  71. Darling book. Thanks for letting us know about it.

  72. PinkSkatingGirl says:

    Oooh, food stitch markers! Please count me in!

  73. Elizabeth says:

    New addiction? Count me in!

  74. Adamboysmom says:

    I’ve seen stitch markers on Etsy like this. I must have it!

  75. Really cute, my daughter would love to try this idea with her jewelry making.

  76. I think this book is calling to me!! Please, please pick me!!

  77. Michele Cook says:

    I love this book! I love polymer clay although I usually use it in boring colors just to test out my silver clay design ideas before the silver clay. Maybe have to think of more fun colors!

  78. Thank you so much for telling us about this book. Even if the random number generator does not select my number, I am definitely ordering this book for my daughter!

  79. I would love to get my hands on that book – what fun to have with my girls making fun jewellery and gifts for friends!

  80. I so heart those teeny pretzels.

    What is it about teeny glossy fake food that just makes us all want to squeeee!?

  81. OMG! I love it! Dear Random Generator, pick me pick me!

  82. Love the pictures in that book!

  83. I have been wanting cupcake stitch makers for a while…. this book could help me with that.

  84. I SO need this book!

  85. Nice! What a yummy book. And oh what fun to have my friends druelling over my wrists, aaannnddd my neck aaaannnnddd my ears. Put me in for the book. I would love to make such creative jewelry.

  86. Yes, my name is Michele and I, too, have a compulsive personality. (lots of scrapbooking supplies still around reminding me of that foray….). That being said, maybe my daughter would like the book!
    .-= Michele In Maine´s last blog ..Crazy Blue Daisies Project Bag Set =-.

  87. Manon Charpentier says:

    What a great introduction to polymer clay! I would love to make food stitch markers. Yes, please!

  88. Linda in NC says:

    What fun! Why yes, I would like another crazy-making hobby – bring it on!

  89. That book looks so cool! I don’t want to steal away from my knitting time either, but making some cute food stitch markers would be a lot of fun!

    Thanks for giving us the chance to win!
    .-= Cathy´s last blog ..actually posting on a Saturday! =-.

  90. My daughter would love this book ( and I would benefit greatly from her talents, she’s the clay queen) . I had to give her all of my supplies so that I could too give more attention to my yarn.

  91. Jewelry that looks like food? Sign me up for the book giveaway!

  92. I would so love to get my hands on this book. I teach at an urban school and do a polymer clay club for our after-school program. This would be perfect!

  93. That book is adorable. My BF would love it. If I win I’m definitely giving in to her.

  94. My sister and I used to love doing the same things with polymer clay! I’ll have to give it a try again…I’m sure I can adorn something knitted with all the cute food items. ๐Ÿ™‚

  95. I’m not much into jewelry, so I think I’ll pass on this one, but I did receive my new Lily Chin book (on your recommendation) today and I can’t wait to get home to spend the evening with it! As a new knitter, it was just what I was needing for some good basic help, but it will also be great when I start some more advanced projects. Keep the recommendations coming!

  96. Yay! I hope I get it- those would make the cutest stitch markers ever!

  97. Wow. That book sounds absolutely terrific! I was making polymer clay buttons a while ago, but my information was spotty at best. I would love to learn how to do it properly and if I can make a set of foodie buttons (instead of necklaces and earrings), then I must do it!
    .-= Seanna Lea´s last blog ..not just socks =-.

  98. Ohhh, what a fun book! I’d love a chance to win it…

  99. Love the taco earrings. I feel an odd need for some food jewelry…

  100. well that book has gone straight in my amazon queue- wow squee is the right word!