I don’t know for sure what everyone else did on the Labor Day weekend. I suspect grills, chips and dips, family and friends were involved. Not so in my little household. Mostly what Dave and I did was look outside at the miserable heat, which was followed by wild storms, say to each other, “Boy am I glad we didn’t go camping,”, and then return our sanding. We weren’t working on a house project, we were doing our own projects: Dave, who enjoys painting motorcycles and helmets, was working on a minibike for a friend, and I was in the midst of mica shift madness.
As we all know, polymer clay is not found in nature, it is man made. At some point, someone had the truly wonderful idea to add mica powders to the mix and created pearl polymer clays. These clays, infused with mica, will sparkle, gleam and give the appearance of being three dimensional when properly conditioned, baked, sanded and buffed.
My blue wave bracelet was made with Premo! blue pearl with a pattern pressed into the wet polymer clay. If you have never mica shifted, you need to condition your clay with a pasta machine (run the clay thru several times (maybe about ten times)) to align the mica particles and press your pattern into the clay. Once baked, sand until smooth, sand some more, buff (I use an old pair of jeans), look for flaws, and then sand and buff some more.
These two were made using three color mica shift canes:
I’m finished sanding and buffing and now I’m working on completing all my mica shift pieces. With any luck, I’ll have them listed soon. And no more projects that require extensive sanding for a little while!