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« on: June 09, 2006 08:28:58 AM »

Here's a faux jade grouping that I completed this week (currently in the 'to be sanded and buffed' pile).

http://www.penguintrax.com/gallery/d/593-2/fauxjadegroup.jpg

Closeup pics are in my gallery, if you'd like to take a look-see.
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« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2006 08:42:09 AM »

Wow Great effect. Mind sharing how you achieved it?
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« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2006 08:50:38 AM »

Wow Great effect. Mind sharing how you achieved it?

Not at all..but I don't have exact measurements to give you. I will be gathering that info, now that I know th initial 'test' is a good one.

I used Premo Translucent with Bleach (also known as  Premo 5317 or CFC06) and Premo Sap Green (5322 ). I'd say I used between 2-3 oz. of trans and less than 1/4 oz. sap green. After it was blended (and rested 'cause trans can get kind of sticky), I mixed in fine embossing powder in a color called 'marcasite'.

I let it rest again before shaping and baking. Immediately out of the oven, the cured pieces went into an ice-water bath.

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« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2006 09:40:42 AM »

You make it sound so easy. I've never work with polymer clay, other than FIMO to do test runs before working with PMC.

Why the ice water bath? And when you mention sanding & buffing what do you use? I assume it just makes the piece smooth & shiny?

I just love the look of this. My favorite has to be the leaf. 
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« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2006 10:30:34 AM »

You make it sound so easy. I've never work with polymer clay, other than FIMO to do test runs before working with PMC.

Why the ice water bath? And when you mention sanding & buffing what do you use? I assume it just makes the piece smooth & shiny?

I just love the look of this. My favorite has to be the leaf. 


The icewater bath is supposed to enhance translucency of the clay. The sanding and buffing smooth the piece and add sheen (if desired). Some folks like to leave things matte, other don't. Since this is supposed to imitate stone, I want to buff the pieces to enhance the 'illusion'.

I do some work in PMC, but not as much as I'd like to.
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« Reply #5 on: June 09, 2006 12:28:50 PM »

What do you use to sand & buff?
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« Reply #6 on: June 09, 2006 12:40:21 PM »

Wet dry sandpaper in grits ranging form 180 up to 2000. I either sand by hand or use a tumbler, depending on what it is and how much there is to do. I buff with a muslin wheel using a Dremel tool. For larger items, I use a muslin wheel attached to a drill press.

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« Reply #7 on: June 09, 2006 06:32:33 PM »

Thank you so much for answering my many dumb question so patiently.

I'll say it again...your pieces look incredible!
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« Reply #8 on: June 11, 2006 02:11:09 PM »

Rylizbeth, if you don't have a Dremel or tumbler, there are many other things you can buff with if you want to go that route.
You can even get a very nice sheen on baked clay just from rubbing a freshly-sanded object on your jeans or a blanket, etc.  (the only way to get a high gloss finish by buffing though, is to sand then buff with something electric --I use a muslin wheel on our bench grinder in the garage... or you can use a liquid gloss finish after sanding or even without sanding).

When sanding and buffing, if an item is textured or carved, you can also polish only the upper surfaces.  That can increase the illusion of some real items because some are worn (and therefore smoothed) only where they might be handled or exposed.  Of course, you can buff most textured items all over instead (though it may be harder to get sandpaper in the depressions).
Liquid finishes are more often applied to the hills and valleys of a textured object if used, and some people like to just leave their faux jade matte and not do anything to it.

If you want to try sanding and buffing, there's lots of info on things you can use, which grits of sandpaper are needed, etc., on these two pages:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/sanding_tumbling.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/buffing.htm

Go for it!


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