Polymer Clay Mica Shift Tamed

Mica shift items 6722Whether you’re new to polymer clay or have been around the block, here’s a great tip for simplifying traditional polymer clay mica shift technique. I’m talking about the technique that involves stamping a sheet of clay and shaving off the raised surfaces.

The orthodox approach is to adhere the stamped clay securely to a ceramic tile and draw a slightly bowed flexible blade across the surface. The trick is to do it without gouging the clay and without depositing little clay particles in the “wells” as you go. Both of these mishaps can ruin the finished look.

Try this easy approach to traditional polymer clay mica shift.

Try this easy approach to traditional polymer clay mica shift.

This tip comes from Cindy Lietz, theĀ PolymerClayTutor. Just stick your stamped clay on a full 2-liter plastic bottle. The bottle’s curvature makes it easy to shave just a portion at a time, and gravity pretty much takes care of the pesky particles unless your clay is very sticky. I have just one minor quibble with Cindy’s video: she shows stamping clay by rolling the acrylic roller back and forth over the clay. For a really crisp impression I prefer to roll over the clay just once as clay likes to move when it’s rolled. If I feel the impression isn’t deep enough, I’ll press straight down with my fingertips.

Thanks to Cindy, I’m on a mica shift binge.

3 Comments on Polymer Clay Mica Shift Tamed

  1. Cam
    May 4, 2015 at 2:10 pm (3 years ago)

    Great tip, Leanna, and beautiful colors.

  2. Zan
    May 4, 2015 at 4:06 pm (3 years ago)

    This is a fantastic tip! I have always gouged my mica shift attempts. I bet I can do it this way!
    Thanks Leanna!


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