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« on: May 23, 2008 10:54:09 AM »

i'm still new to polymer clay but i've been experimenting lately. i've been making little animals (so far a penguin and an owl, and today hopefullya turtle!), just to see what i'm capable of so far. i work at michael's and all their little 2oz polymer clays are 99 cents this week, so of course i stocked up. i bought one sculpeyIII thing of "translucent" because i was curious, and before i destroy it LOL, i was wondering, what kind of things have you/could you do with translucent clay? how does it look when it's done? i'd love pictures!!

also, any other beginner project suggestions would be great!  Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2008 12:54:41 PM »

what kind of things have you/could you do with translucent clay? how does it look when it's done? i'd love pictures!!

There are loads of things you can do with translucent polymer clays. 
For starters, you can tint it, or put "inclusions" of all kinds in it (to make fauxs, or for other reasons) and many "natural" fauxs must have translucent in their mixes to look realistic, give depth to something when used on the surface (or mixed into other clay near the surface), sand and buff it to a high gloss (or use a liquid finish), make candle holders which will allow the light to shine through, make translucent-opqaue ("floating" canes), make "mokume gane," and just loads of other things.

Check out this page for a fuller list, and details, lessons and links to photos about all of them:

There will be other things to do with translucent clays on the following pages at my sites as well as other pages (click on any of them from inside the alphabetical navigation bar located on any page):

Fauxs-Many ... Faux-Ivory... Faux-Turquoise&Wood
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Canes > Translucent&Opaque
Mokume Gane

(unless transcluent clay is very thin, it will be translucent rather than truly transparent)

also, any other beginner project suggestions would be great!

If you're talking about beginner polymer clay projects as opposed to just those involving translucent clays, check out this page of my site:
(... click especially on the category called Simple Projects For Beginners)


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« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2008 05:32:00 PM »

I use translucent as the background (packing) of my flower canes. When you slice the canes tissue paper thin the translucent will become clear and you only see the flower. I mix it with sold color to extend the clay and it makes the clay easier to finish.

Here are some canes with translucent backgrounds and how I used then to cover a tin.

I also have info and tutorials on my web site

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« Reply #4 on: May 29, 2008 06:35:54 PM »

Here are some canes with translucent backgrounds and how I used then to cover a tin.

Oh, I would kill to possess the time, patience and skill to create things like you've done here.

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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2008 08:07:42 PM »

WOW!!! That is so beautiful!!! I'd love to be able to create something so gorgeous!

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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2008 09:53:26 PM »

Translucent is the workhorse of clays!  Wrap your canes with it, sandwich it between layers of colors for faux effects or mix random crap (spices, colored pigments or even dryer lint!!!) in it.  If you don't over bake it should be nearly clear and you can get the most awesome effects out of it.

The pictures above are great examples, you can also google up mokume gane and other effects using translucent clays.
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« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2008 01:14:39 PM »

You can add glitter and inclusions to the translucent for a really cool effect. You can also use dye ink and pigment ink to color it. You can transfer onto it as well.
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