Shrinky Dinks is amazing shrinkable plastic. Draw or trace a design on it, color it, cut it out, stick it in the oven and -- presto! -- your creation shrinks to nearly half its original size. You get six sheets of Shrinky Dink in this book, along with a mind-boggling collection of ready-to-trace, ready-to-color, ready-to-shrink artwork.
About The Authors
Sherri Haab is a certified instructor who has been working with resin and metal clay for over a decade, teaching jewelry-making in her craft and jewelry making classes.
Sherri grew up in Seattle, WA. Many rainy days were spent with her sister making arts and crafts when they were growing up. She enjoys jewelry making, illustrating, cooking and making crafts with her children. She is married to Dan, an electrical engineer and has three children. Sherri and her family currently reside in Springville, Utah.
In Sherri Haab's art instruction videos, learn how to put the miracle of modern technology to work making necklaces, bangles, bracelets, pins, earrings, and rings. The instruction is project oriented and include some of the following: sophisticated VintageBakelite-style pins, faux stone techniques, layered transparent pendants filled with collage elements, glitter and found objects cast bangle bracelets, cloisonné pins and transparent resin pieces backed with gold and silver leaf.
Klutz was incorporated in 1977 in Palo Alto, California, by three friends from Stanford University. They began by selling sidewalk juggling lessons along with a trio of no-bounce bean bags. A week's effort earned the group $35. ‘It was then we realized the sky was the limit.’
John Cassidy, the English major of the group, put the instructions in book form and titled it Juggling for the Complete Klutz. Darrell Lorentzen, the business major, wrote up the original business plan and the other partner, B.C. Rimbeaux, was assigned the task of getting a bank loan. Mr. Rimbeaux was a psychology major.
The first 3,000 books were distributed via bicycle and backpack, and sales grew from there. ‘It really was a failed scam,’ explains Cassidy, who remains the creative force of the company. ‘Our dream was to do a book on juggling, sell a bazillion in a couple of days, buy an island and retire. It didn't work out. After a year of steady, unspectacular sales, we found ourselves staring down the barrel of a career.’
Today, how-to books from Klutz come packaged with the tools of their trade (from juggling cubes to face paints to yo-yos), and are designed for doing, not just reading. ‘We think people learn best through their hands, nose, feet, mouth and ears. Then their eyes. So we design multi-sensory books,’ Cassidy says. The appeal of this hands-on approach is borne out by sales figures; Klutz is a fixture on U.S. book and toy bestseller lists, and is available in 24 countries around the world.
Having expanded the offerings to include Klutz Toys, Klutz Kits, Klutz Buckets, Klutz Guides and, in 2001, an educational product line, Cassidy seems to have an unlimited supply of ideas. The inspiration? ‘I marinate myself in children,’ he says. ‘Some years ago, I created a few. With the help of my wife’ (Nancy Cassidy, the voice behind the gold-record-winning KidsSongs recordings).
In 2002, Scholastic Inc., the largest children's book publisher and distributor in the world, acquired Klutz. For those of you who collect corporate mission statements, here's the Klutz credo: Create wonderful things, be good, have fun.
For Ages: 6+ years old
For Grades: 1+
Format: Combined Pack with 2 or more items
Number Of Pages: 38
Published: 1st August 1999
Dimensions (cm): 25.76 x 21.03 x 1.02
Weight (kg): 0.43