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Topic: Going mad...and translucent also!  (Read 1270 times)
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Lady Anca
« on: August 04, 2009 01:37:45 PM »

Well, i've tried making a bracelet, everything was fine...Untill i discovered that the translucent part didn't seem to be quite transparent as i thought it would be. I always use fimo soft and this one (translucent clay) is the only one i can find on the market.
There is a technique there somewhere that i haven't discovered yet.
At first i wanted to obtain an effect like this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/marsdesign-marcia/3038769582/in/photostream/

The result wasn't quite what i expected:

I thought that the trick is to make real thin slices. I only have a pasta machine, and after i put them in the pasta machine, they look a bit distorted. If i set it at the thickest setting, the slices become huge and i cannot use them.

Where do i go wrong?
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2009 02:36:05 PM »

I'm just a beginner myself, but this also drove me batty, until I saw a picture of what people mean by "thin" slice - literally tissue-paper thin.  Take a razor blade and skim off the top.  I found some images in google images that show just how thin you have to get it (NOT MY PHOTOS) :

from carolynsclaycreations:

from cyberstambers:

I also find that the translucent clays clear slightly up after varnishing, too.  But if they aren't as thin as the above, it's not going to make much difference
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Lady Anca
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2009 02:57:04 PM »

I've tried making them thinner but no use Smiley) I'm hopeless. They usually break at the middle and i don't want just half a flower.  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2009 04:31:10 PM »

There are a number of "tricks" that clayers have used to the get the absolute most transparency from transclucent clay, particularly in slices cut from translucent-opaque canes --before and after slicing, and also before and after curing.  
I've collected a lot of them on the Canes-Instr. page of my site, under the Transcluent-Opaque canes category near the bottom of the list if you want to check it out:

There may be more helpful info on the Translucents page and on the Canes-Gen. Info page, if you're interested:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Canes--general.htm ... all the subcategories under Cutting Canes
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/translucents-glow.htm ..click on Clearest Results especially

And P.S., those slices that aren't cut whole can be used partly under other slices when making these overlapping "flower garden" effects, so don't throw them away Cheesy.


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