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« on: May 25, 2014 12:30:06 AM »

Hi Im sure all yall are sick to death of "how to questions" but.............

I just got engaged (yay!) and I desperately want these wine glasses for our couples glasses.

Sadly the seller is taking a break from clay for awhile and this pair is sold. I thought Id try to make some similar ones myself, not a copy as my fiance wants me to add thorns and change the leaf shape.

Ive dabbled in clay and feel like I can do the leaves and whatnot fairly easily but my question is, how did she make them multi colored like that?  I havnt got a clue how to do it and I really love the look.

« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2014 06:11:13 AM »

Could it be alcohol inks or a pearl ex type mica powder applied before baking? They are lovely.

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« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2014 06:12:42 AM »

Ask the seller how she did it, since she isn't doing clay right now.

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« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2014 11:25:34 AM »

My guess is that she used pearl Ex mica powder on unbaked clay.

« Reply #4 on: November 15, 2016 03:47:58 AM »

it definitely looks like mica powders, you brush it on before baking, and then make sure to seal it with a water based glaze or this spray glaze (PYM 2, don't use any other spray glaze or it could make it sticky over time).  It could also be made with pearl or accented clays, like premo accents and fimo effects where they have mica powders in them, and then brush it over with mica powders (for smaller projects you could also use shimmery eyeshadow)
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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2017 04:10:12 PM »

Probably using one of the mica powders (like Pearl Ex, etc) on raw clay, applying here and there.  Could perhaps be metallic acrylic paints or "inks" usually on cured clay, but mica powders are commonly used.  (Or could use metallic eye shadows since they're also mica powders.)

Mica powders don't need to be sealed against oxidation like real-metal powders do, and won't rub off, etc, as long as they're well rubbed into the clay surface. 

There's loads more info about using mica powders on the Powders page of my polymer clay site if you're still interested (and after all this time):
http://glassattic.com/polymer/powders_metallicwaxes.htm (click on the category "Mica Powders")

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