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« Reply #20 on: November 11, 2010 01:04:20 PM »

When you say that you use "tinted translucent" what does that mean?  What do you tint them with?  I'm still new to clay and don't know much about translucents.  Thanks.
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« Reply #21 on: November 11, 2010 05:41:41 PM »

I like all three of these...  I'd really like to see the blue one lit up.  But between the orangey one and the pinky/red one I like the pink/red one better.  I like it better because some of the pieces are less transluscent.  I think it gives it more of a true mosaic feel. 

I've been using Sculpey III and not really had any problems with it.  Getting it conditioned sometimes is a pain but I think more of the problems I have are operator error than anything.  I can never get my clay to look as smooth and pretty as I want it to.
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« Reply #22 on: November 12, 2010 07:43:01 AM »

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When you say that you use "tinted translucent" what does that mean?  What do you tint them with?  I'm still new to clay and don't know much about translucents.

OrangeKnickers, there are 3 ways to get "tinted translucents" (which just means translucent clays that are "tinted" or colored instead of whitish)--two that can be done at home and one that's purchased:
1...use plain Translucent clay, then mix in just a bit of another color of clay
2...use plain Translucent clay, then mix in a bit of other colorant ...usually that will be artists' oil paint or shavings from oil pastels, but could be other liquids/pastes--not water-based preferably--or powders/particles (those are usually called inclusions and can actually color the clay overall more or less--for example a ground spice would color pretty uniformly but dirt/sand/glitter would look more speckly and would somehwat block translucence from light shining through, in a speckly pattern)
3...buy a Translucent that's been pre-colored at the factory (not all brands make those); some of them are quite intensely colored

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...counterintuitively, when mixing a colored clay or pigment/paint/etc into the translucent, remember that white is always opaque so will make translucent clay less translucent
...water-based colorants can be used (for example, acrylic paint) but only in small amounts because anytime water gets into the oil-based clay bubbles or plaquing can happen
...alcohol-based colorants are usually okay (alcohol inks, for example), but may want to wait a bit before baking just to make really sure the alcohol has all evaporated out or could bubble/etc.

If you want much more info, there's lots of it on plain Translucent clays (brands, tinting them, etc.) on this page:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/translucents-glow.htm
and on brands of polymer clay that carry pre-tinted translucents (though may be more now):
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/Characteristics.htm
...and there's info on "inclusions," and on coloring clays in general, and on coloring translucents to make Skinner Blends on these pages:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/inclusions.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/color.htm
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/blends.htm

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« Reply #23 on: November 12, 2010 02:46:42 PM »

Thanks Diane!  I'll check those links out.
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« Reply #24 on: November 21, 2010 04:14:32 PM »

Diane B. Thanks for your help with tracking down a supplier for Cernit and all the info. After reading up on the brand a little I think it may be a little sticky for me to work with/blend slices neatly on these particular pieces. Maybe something for me to try in the future  Smiley

Orangeknickers: Diane B. has of course answered your question much more extensively than I possibly could! I use white translucent clay and blend in a tiny bit of coloured clay. I have found that the amount of coloured clay you use and each specific colour will result in different levels of translucency.

Ffrogg526: Thanks  Cheesy That one is my favourite too. I've found a picture of the blue one all lit up. There's a much starker contrast between the translucents as a couple of the colours used were quite opaque. I struggled to get a good picture but this gives you a pretty good idea:



I make sure I'm wearing surgical gloves when I'm claying and often give the candle holders a roll on a ceramic tile. the result is a lovely smooth finish. I've just invested in some super fine grit wet and dry paper which I hope to use to get a more glossy effect  Smiley

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« Reply #25 on: November 22, 2010 10:26:27 AM »

Very pretty!  Translucencies can be tricky for sure...have you resorted to a closet and flashlight yet?

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(Don't forget though that you'll need to buff after sanding even with those grits to get a sheen, and electric buff if you want to take it all the way up to a gloss.  Those buffing effects will work too if you've just used a 400 then 600 grit wet-dry sandpaper, which is all I ever use.)

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« Reply #26 on: August 25, 2011 09:20:45 PM »

These are beautiful. How do you fire them (cure them) in the oven without the glass shattering?
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