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Topic: What kind of clay is this Etsy seller using (Love the shimmer)?  (Read 1241 times)
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Benotnobodi
« on: October 03, 2012 09:27:44 PM »

http://www.etsy.com/listing/84746467/chefs-choice-surprise-rain-garden?ref=pr_shop
Can someone tell me what kind of Clay this is? Is it painted or is the shimmer in the clay? I really want to start practicing clay designs like this. I know it is a lot of hard work, but i think it would be really fun. Please let me know how to get started and what tools i need to buy for such fine detailing. Thanks! Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2012 12:15:34 PM »

I can't see close enough to tell, but looks like one of the polymer clays.  It's probably "Pearl" with another color mixed into it by the maker** (Pearl is the mica-containing polymer clay which has no added color--like gold, copper, or even blue/red/green.) 

Pearl is put out by various brands and lines of polymer clay but not all polymer clays are the same quality, working capabilities, strengths, etc.**. 
Fimo is one brand that puts out mica-containing clays under their FimoSoft line (some pre-colored I think, as well as their "Mother of Pearl").  They also make clays with glitter in them which often won't look the same but can create interesting glittery effects if the glitter is microfine--those won't do all the special tricks** that mica-containing clays can do though when used alone...you can't even see those effects in this sample.

If you're interested in mica-containing clays including colorless Pearl, brands of them and how they can be used, check out this page at my site:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/mica.htm

And this page at my site has info about making sculptural flowers with polymer clay, if you're interested:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/sculpture.htm (click on *Flowers & Leaves*)
...and using clay items as "onlays" onto other clay surfaces, as done there:
http://glassattic.com/polymer/onlay.htm (click on *Dimensional Onlays*)

** on this page and the next few pages there, you can see examples of Pearl colored by the clayer (with different colors) as well as some of the special tricks it can do:
http://www.clayfactory.net/pier/PIER1.htm

*** brands and lines of polymer clay:
http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index;_ylt=Ah3TmxMH1b9StHBwtkaivEIW53NG;_ylv=3?qid=20091225104704AAIDebT (my answer)

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« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2012 07:16:00 PM »

http://www.etsy.com/listing/84746467/chefs-choice-surprise-rain-garden?ref=pr_shop
Can someone tell me what kind of Clay this is? Is it painted or is the shimmer in the clay? I really want to start practicing clay designs like this. I know it is a lot of hard work, but i think it would be really fun. Please let me know how to get started and what tools i need to buy for such fine detailing. Thanks! Smiley

Are you looking at the flower petals? My guess would be that s/he used a similar color polymer clay to the petals and covered them lightly in a metallic powder, like pearl ex or perfect pearls. I'm guessing perfect pearls, because the pieces don't look sealed. The base pieces were probably just colors mixed with pearl, as Diane B. said. Have fun!
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« Reply #3 on: October 22, 2012 11:35:32 AM »

I'm not sure if it's the exact same one, but it seems to provide the same effect of shininess.
http://www.staedtler.ca/FIMO_effect_na
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« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2013 10:14:01 AM »

You can always add mica powder into your clays during the conditioning process if the color you want doesn't come in a pearlized version. Best to cover your other clay and stuff while mixing it in, but the powder wipes up easily after you're done.
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ilysa
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2013 07:31:23 AM »

It looks like colored pearl clay to me as well. Premo has lots of mica in it so I bet she is using that brand and adding color to it.
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« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2014 02:05:32 PM »

I agree. She may be using Premo Pearl with color and she might be dusting it with mica powders or luster dust in addition to adding color.
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