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Materials you will need:

  6 oz. (usually 3 pkgs.) of transparent polymer clay (Sculpey III, Promat, Premo!Sculpey, CFC, or FIMO art transparent)   pasta machine (a MUST for this project!)
  tissue blade
  2-3  sheets of gold or silver composition gold leafing: (Old World Art brand, or Magic Leaf brand, DO NOT be confused by the mylar-backed foil... it is NOT the same thing as the very thin sheets of leafing!)   600 grit automotive sandpaper, bucket 'o water
wpe36.jpg (728 bytes)   a walnut-sized peice of  colored clay; (your choice of colors: above example was done using purple) wpe3B.jpg (728 bytes)   buffer with leaved muslin buff attached (can be a bench grinder or Dremel)*

*these items may be substituted, see instructions.

Fig. 1  STEP 1: Divide the transparent clay into 6 equal amounts, (IT IS EASIEST JUST TO CUT EACH PIECE IN HALF)...and condition it by kneading or running it through the pasta machine.  Set ONE of the 6 pieces aside for later use.
 STEP 2: Condition the colored clay, and roll it into a snake.  Divide it into six UN-equal pieces.  (Be sure the pieces graduate in size from a very tiny amount to large.)  Set the sixth (largest) piece aside for later use.
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 STEP 3: Take the tiniest piece of the colored clay, and mix it with the first equal part of transparent until you get a very light purple.  Continue this method of mixing with each of the graduated sizes of colored clay you cut in step 2, until you've combined them with each of the transparent pieces.  You should end-up with five graduated colors of purple, ranging from very light, to medium to darker, and then darkest.

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