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.