Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Mica Shift mini tutorial

mica shift
Originally uploaded by coltpixy

These polymer clay pieces looks 3 dimensional but they are not. It is actually flat and smooth like glass.

To achieve this you use a metallic clay. These are made from Premo Pearl, Premo Blue Pearl and Premo Green Pearl.
First condition the clay. Then run it through a pasta machine in one direction at least 20 times. This is to get the mica flakes in the metallic clay to run in one direction.
You can either draw in a design or push in a rubber stamp. This forces the mica flakes in the design into another direction.

Very carefully slice the top off of the clay with a tissue blade. Do this until the surface is completely flat as possible. You will be able to see the design that was created by pushing the mica in the clay in two directions. Bake according to manufacturers directions.

After the piece is cured and cooled the real work begins. Sanding brings out the design even more. You don't have to go as far as I do but you do need to sand it. I I start with 200 grit wet/dry sandpaper and then work my way down 400 grit, 1500 grit and finally 2000 grit wet/dry sandpaper. Finally polishing on old denim.
The result is perfectly smooth and shiny like glass.

If you decide to do this I do hope that you show me photos.


  1. Beautifully done, every time I look at them they remind me of something different...this time they look like little pebbles in a stream with shadows dancing over them.

  2. This just looks way too cool! Great great stuff. I love the color, and I can't believe the design isn't 3D.

  3. Thank you sukigirl and Brandy! I am going to make something with them this weekend and hopefully get better pics.

  4. wow! I love thsi technique, but i will leave it to the professionals!
    i am here to tell you that you won on my blog for naming the glitter rings with googly eyes! I didnt know how to contact you so that you can pick out a color and have me send it! cheers, popko

  5. *faints*!
    Wow thank you! Will send you a convo.

  6. Thank you! I hope you try it out Deronda.


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