Saturday, April 9, 2011

My lastest creation using Mica Shift

The tiles on these earrings and bracelet are done in polymer clay, using the Mica Shift technique. Mica Shift is a method where the mica particle in metallic and pearl clays are first lined up in all one direction, then an imprint is made in the smooth clay to "realign" the particles in the opposite direction (like when a shoe imprint is left in a mud puddle - sure, tell me you have never done this). The raised portions of the impression are then very carefully shaved off until the surface is smooth. However, with polymer clay, the fantastic result is that the darkened, or realigned particle areas are still imprinted on the original background. After baking, sanding and buffing, the final result are the glossy effect found in these two:

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