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« on: June 12, 2008 07:30:31 PM »

This was my first attempt at real poly clay work.  Up until now I've mostly dont basic modelling (kind of cartoonish stuff).  I wasn't sure how it would work without a pasta machine, and I never did find out because I decided to break down and just buy one. Smiley  I'm still thinking about trying it out just with a roller.  (Diane, I'll let you know my results when I try it out)

Anyway, it is a polymer clay pendant using mica shift technique and rubber stamping.  Its such a cool effect where although the piece looks 3 dimensional, it is actually flat on top. Neat, eh?

Here's a link to the tutorial I used, the audio was really faint for me but I pressed my ear up against the speaker. Tongue
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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2008 07:37:19 PM »

Absolutely gorgeous!

« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2008 07:39:46 PM »

It's beautiful!!! I love it!!!

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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2008 07:49:16 PM »

It's actually flat on top that's awesome! It looks great Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2008 08:12:31 PM »

That is truly gorgeous!  I want to touch it!
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« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2008 08:22:51 PM »

Very interesting. I'm not familiar with that technique.
I've haven't done alot of polymer clay but I've never used a pasta machine. I just kneaded, sorta like other clay except just what ever bit you need you knead! I've read some ppl get the thickness by rolling the clay with the ends of the roller on cards or plastic for depth.

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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2008 08:23:24 PM »

wow.  Shocked
   wait, I'm not good with clay-lingo. Is this made outta Mica?

        lol, my science teacher always used to tell our class "Mica has perfect cleavage" in middle school..The funny thing about it was there was a kids named Micah in the 7th grade and she would use word like "cleavage" & another word I shouldnt say & we would go around and say, "Hey Micah, nice cleavage!" *He's a skinny/muscular kid who was friends w/ everyone* haha, yes, we were some weird kids.

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« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2008 11:43:55 PM »

Just gorgeous!!  It really does look 3D.  Wow - so lovely and eye catching.
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« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2008 04:39:01 AM »

its made out of metallic polymer clay which contains mica particles.  if you roll the clay over and over again in the same direction the particles all line up the same way making a very shiny looking sheet.  You then use a deep rubber stamp and impress it onto the clay.  Next use a flexible blade to cut away only the raised portion of the clay.  When you cut away the raised part, it exposes the clay underneath whose mica particles are not aligned in the same way as the particles on the surface are.  What you have as a result is lined up shiny areas (which were pressed down by the stamp) on the same level as non shiny areas (the tops cut away).  Each reflects light differently, giving the illusion of depth.  Cool, huh?  Then I sanded it with wet/dry sandpaper and buffed it a bit on a soft cloth.  It still needs either a high speed buffing or some acrylic sealer to make it look like glass.

Hope that helps explain the process!

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« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2008 07:18:54 AM »

ok, i understand the principle of this, but my eyes are still refusing to believe this isn't 3D!
very cool technique.

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