Polymer Clay: Plastic With Class

Mica shift pins exhibit the essence of polymer clay.

Mica shift pins exhibit the essence of polymer clay.

As much as I like to play with the many embellishments that can be added to polymer clay, I love what humble, basic clay can do. Polymer clay, after all, is plastic, and let’s face it, plastic still has an image problem.

I think these polymer clay mica shift pins exhibit a beauty all their own. There’s no embellishment, just polymer clay manipulated to take advantage of the light reflecting properties inherent in metallic and pearl clays. After curing, the pins are sanded and buffed to a high shine.

The pins will be one of the projects I’ll teach in my Fall Lifetime Learning Institute class. We’ll use the soda bottle method when shaving the clay to reveal the magic of mica shift. This method is described in my post “Polymer Clay Mica Shift Tamed.”

1 Comment on Polymer Clay: Plastic With Class

  1. Zan
    August 10, 2015 at 12:04 pm (3 years ago)

    I saw these pins and they are fabulous! The technique, finishing and design are perfect. I wish the pictures could capture their true beauty.

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