Jan
14

Things you may not know about translucent polymer clay


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Whether you make sculptures, canes, models, beads, jewellery or abstracts, Translucent polymer clay by cernit should be a regular addition.

If you havent heard of it before, Translucent Polymer clay in “easy terms” is polymer clay without the colouring.
Although not possible to be completely glass like, translucent polymer clay will allow light through and show colours beneath – the thinner its rolled the more transparent the effect

A few things you may not know or find interesting about cernit translucent polymer clay:

1. Transparent polymer clay has the same baking time as standard cernit polymer clay, 110 – 130 ° centigrade for upto half an hour depending on the project in hand

2. Transparent polymer clay – because it has the same baking time, can be mixed with all of the regular cernit polymer clay colours – often used by doll house makers it is fantastic for creating effects on miniature food such as lamb chops, lemon slices etc – mix translucent polymer clay with a regular colour and experiment to see the amazing differences.

3. Polishing – When sanded with a fine paper such as wet and dry of varying grades, translucent polymer clay can be made to look very convincingly like gemstones. Opals, sapphires, ruby’s pearls the effects are simply amazing, the more you polish it the greater the depth that can be achieved to your piece. Some jewellery makers use polishing wheels or dremel type tools to speed up the process.

4. Conditioning translucent polymer clay – As is it the same as regular cernit polymer clays, the conditioning process is exactly the same – translucent may take slightly less in fact as its consistency is sometimes slightly softer to the touch.

5. Translucent polymer clay effects and inclusions – why not experiment and try inclusions in your project – with glitters and other objects that are suitable for baking you can mix them / coat them over your translucent polymer clay with great effect – i recently saw a lovely bead made by using a base ball layer of translucent, coated in iridescent metal flake then coated over with clear translucent polymer clay – when polished, the colours shone through beautifully and made a beautiful polymer clay pendant

6. The internet is an amazing source of inspiration for many artists and students the world over – use google to perform a search like “translucent polymer clay” or “Cernit Polymer clay” and you will be amazed how helpful people the world  over are in showing you their work and taking the time to share their polymer clay techniques with us.

Enjoy your translucent polymer clay ! – visit our store where you can buy it online!

 



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