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Here's a terrific technique by Kellie Robinson that takes a lot of the mystery out of using Mica Shift in your work. Try it and we know you'll like it!


  • Premo Metallic Clay
  • Pasta Machine
  • Tissue Blade
  • Texture Sheet (Shade Tex Rubbing Sheet)
  • Misting Bottle of Water
  • Wet/Dry Sandpaper (I use 400, 600, 800, 1000 and 1500 grits)
I am using Premo Gold for this lesson, because it shows the mica effect best. You can use other metallic clays. As you can see, when you first run a sheet of the metallic clay thru the pasta machine, it has many different shades of color showing, lots of streaks! We don't want this!
What we need to do is line up all the mica particles in the sheet of clay. Start running your sheet of clay through the pasta machine on the thickest setting. Fold the sheet, and run through again. Usually after about 10 times of repeating this step, your mica particles will line up. You will end up with a nice shiney sheet of clay!
Decide which texture sheet you want to use, and mist it with water. (I have used the leaf texture sheet for this project.) Lay your prepared sheet of clay down on the texture sheet, and run through the pasta machine on the thickest setting.
After letting the textured sheet of clay rest for a while, you can begin shaving off the raised areas with your tissue blade. Slightly curving your blade will help! All you want to do is remove the raised area, don't slice any deeper then that. Then you can run this sheet of clay through the pasta machine a final time to smooth it.
Now you can use this sheet of clay for a variety of projects! I made a jewelry pin, which you can see below. After baking, sanding with your wet/dry sandpapers will really help bring out the mica shift.. I sand over a bowl of water with a drop of liquid dish soap in it. Just keep dunking the clay item, and the sandpaper to keep them wet. Work from your lowest grit up to the highest. I buffed my pin, but you can also apply a coat of Future or Varathane. Have fun!!!
The pin looks like it still has texture, but it doesn't! It has been sanded completely smooth!
Kellie Robinson
©2006 Photos and Text

We want to thank Kellie for sharing this excellent technique with Polymer Clay Central. If you have a lesson or tutorial, or something you would like to share with PCC, please email Leigh or Stephen and we will help you prepare your project for the PCC Website!

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