Polymer Clay Mica Shift Tutorial
I am going to show you how to do a Polymer Clay Mica Shift Technique that I often use when creating my handmade jewelry. This same technique was used to create the design on this Polymer Clay Bead.
Supplies you will need to complete this tutorial:
- Premo Sculpey Accents Polymer Clay Pearl (Pearl colors have Mica)
- Rubber Stamp with deep fine lines
- Polymer Clay Pasta Roller
- Sharp Polymer Clay Cutting Blade
- Polymer Clay Roller, or Block to press stamp
- Rubber Stamp Releasing Agent, I use Cornstarch or Mica Powder
- Ceramic Tile Work Surface
I used Premo Sculpey Accents Bright Green Pearl Polymer Clay to make my bead. You can use whatever color or brand of Pearl Mica Polymer Clay that you prefer.
This polymer clay has mica powders blended into the clay, which gives it wonderful, almost magic, light reflecting properties.
Condition your Polymer Clay well. Conditioning is a very important step every time you make something with polymer clay. Roll out a sheet of polymer clay on your thickest pasta machine setting. Your sheet of clay will need to be twice as big as the stamp design you are going to use.
Cut your sheet of clay in half. Layer the cut sheets of clay one on top of the other on your tile work surface, pressing down gradually. Be careful not to trap any air bubbles under, or between the layers of clay.
Trim your clay to the size stamp you are going to be using. I am using only one flower design from this polymer clay stamp sheet, but I want a little extra clay around the design for good measure. You will need to dust your stamp with a releasing agent to keep your clay from sticking to the stamp. You can use cornstarch for a releasing agent or mica powder. Mica powder is not absolutely necessary, I just used it so that the stamping would show up better in the photos. I will be sanding the mica powder off when I make my hollow bead.
Position your stamp on your clay. Hold your stamp firm with one hand, while you roll firmly and evenly over your rubber stamp with your clay roller. As an alternative to rolling with an acrylic roller you can use a wood or acrylic block to press firmly down on your stamp.
Your stamped clay should now be stuck firmly to your work surface. You will need your clay stuck down very well for leverage when you slice off only the raised part of your design.
Hold your polymer clay blade parallel to your design with two hands, I had to take photos with my other hand. Start at one edge, slice off just the raised part of your stamped design.
Don’t worry if your slices break. It’s nice if you can cut the whole design in one slice, but it is not an issue if it breaks. The part we are using is the sheet that is left after the slicing. Keep slicing until all the raised parts of design are removed.
Save those scraps, we can use those for another project later. I put my scraps of clay on sheets of waxed paper for later use. I’m getting quite a clay hoarder’s collection of scraps from various projects. Nothing ever goes to waste, but I am running out of space.
Once you have the raised design cut off, gently Roll the sheet of clay through your pasta roller on the thickest setting that it will fit in. Turn your clay clockwise and roll your sheet of clay through the pasta roller one more time.
Your Mica Shift design is now ready to be used in your own amazing polymer clay art.
In my next Polymer Clay Tutorial I will to show you how to make this Hollow Lentil Bead that I made with this mica shift clay technique.