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Mica Shift an Awesome Polymer Clay Technique by Talty Mica Shift an Awesome Polymer Clay Technique by Talty
Version en Espaņol: [link]
Video version made by =moofestgirl [link]
Written version with more explanation and bigger photos: [link]


My other polymer clay tutorials:

:bulletpurple: Polymer Clay Plate Tutorial
:bulletpurple: Polymer Clay Bowl Tutorial
:bulletpurple: Polymer Clay Waffles Tutorial
:bulletpurple: Polymer Clay Cakes Tutorial
:bulletpurple: Polymer Clay Cinnamon Roll Tutorial
:bulletpurple: Polymer Clay Chocolate Chip Cookies Tutorial
:bulletpurple: Sugar Scrub for the Polymer Clay Artist Tutorial
:bulletpurple: Mica Shift an Awesome Polymer Clay Technique
:bulletpurple: FTF: Chocolate Shavings Mini-Tutorial
:bulletpurple: Polymer Clay Faux Opal Tutorial (Buyable)
:bulletpurple: Polymer Clay Waffles Tutorial (VIDEO)
:bulletpurple: Polymer Clay Flowers Tip (VIDEO)
:bulletpurple: Polymer Clay Cake Texture Tutorial (VIDEO)
:bulletpurple: The Perfect Frosting Tutorial (VIDEO)

See all my Artisan Craft tutorials here: [link]

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When using my tutorials or techniques explained in my tutorials all I need is that you say or write "Inspired by Talty" somewhere on the description, that's all I'm asking for. A link back to my gallery or tutorial is appreciated, but not necessary. You can make anything in my tutorials for personal or commercial purposes (yes, that means you can sell what you make) but you can't claim these techniques as your own. No redistribution, reposting or repacking of my tutorials, images, text or any part of them is allowed. They can't be translated to other languages without my permission (ask me about it). FREE TUTORIAL, NEVER TRY TO SELL IT.

The lace/floral background I used was made by ~redheadstock/Obsidian Down. [link]

I love this. I really do. So I wanted to share :D I think this is an awesome technique, so if you try it please let me know how it went! If you have problems or questions please feel free to ask me :D

FAQ:

- All shiny polymer clays have mica. You can use any clay that looks shiny, but some will show better than others. Just make sure it's shiny, as in fine specks of shine, not glitter.

Examples of my work using the mica shift technique:


Awesome stuff people have made using this tutorial:
- [link] by ~redpandacat
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:iconthyme-sprite:
Thyme-Sprite Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014
Thank you for this wonderful tutorial!

It really helped me with my own try at mica shift.
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:iconhidethedecay:
HideTheDecay Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm just curious about the practicalness of this. It's really an amazing technique, but if you can have the texture there too, why get rid of it? Why sand it down smooth? 
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Human-pon3 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
First question: How does this even work? Follow-up question: What is mica and what does the aligning do?

This is an awesome tut, I plan on doing this! I have a package of Sculpey III silver, will that work?
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:iconlostgryphin:
LostGryphin Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
AMAZING!
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2013   Artisan Crafter
It really is:D
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:iconmoony-the-dragon:
Moony-The-Dragon Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Can you paint it?
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Yes you can, use water based paints :)
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:icontorazola:
Torazola Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
Errmahgerrd, your work is amazing! 8D
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much! :D
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:iconsue4grins:
Sue4Grins Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013
Beautiful...can't wait to try it!
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Let me see it when you do! :love:
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:icondancingviolin:
DancingViolin Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
can you glaze it or will that ruin the effect?
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013   Artisan Crafter
Nop, glazing actually enhances the effect :D
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:icondancingviolin:
DancingViolin Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you :)
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013   Artisan Crafter
No problem ^^
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:iconcinnamonster:
Cinnamonster Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Fabulous tutorial.
Question, do you happen to know if you can use Pearl-Ex powders mixed with translucent, metallic Premo or standard white polymer clay?
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thanks! Mica shift works if you add Pearl-Ex to regular clay but it requires a lot of mica, and I know Pearl-Ex can get kind of expensive x.x I got the best results using translucent clay. If you are just asking if you can use mica with clay the answer is yes, as much as you want it's perfectly safe and looks awesome :la: actually some of my works include it.
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:iconstacey104201:
Stacey104201 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Student Writer
Wow, it really is flat?
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Yup, it's like magic! :dummy:
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:iconstacey104201:
Stacey104201 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Student Writer
whoa
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:iconhilson97:
Hilson97 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012   General Artist
That's really awesome! Thanks for the tutorial, I'll definitely be trying this.
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thank you, please let me see what you do! :D
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:iconkgm1821:
kgm1821 Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2012
Super tutorial! I haven't tried mica shift yet, but when I do, I'll use your directions. Thank you very much!
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Thank you so much, I hope you'll have fun when you try it :D
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:icontakimashou:
Takimashou Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
pretty excited to get on this. I finally have a reason to buy stamps! YES!
I've done a couple of dry runs with a bronze fimo effect clay, and it looks really cool- I didn't expect it to work so well for me! but I have study to do before I can do it properly
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012   Artisan Crafter
:giggle: I'm glad I could give you a reason to buy stamps :D

I'm glad that it's already working for you, let me see what you do with it! :la:
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:iconashitx:
ashitx Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012  Student General Artist
Where do you get your tissue blades? Ive checked different craft and hardware stores around me but I havent found them. ):
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2012   Artisan Crafter
They should be in the craft section right next to the polymer clay, I saw them at Michael's and JoAnn's.
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:iconashitx:
ashitx Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2012  Student General Artist
Oh, ok, ill look again. Thanks.
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012   Artisan Crafter
No problem, good luck! If in any case you can't find them they're easy to find online.
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:iconbrittam:
BrittaM Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2012
I've actually never heard of this technique before. It sounds fascinating though, going to have to give it a try.
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012   Artisan Crafter
It is! :D if you try it please let me see a photo of the result, I love them ^^
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:iconbrittam:
BrittaM Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012
I certainly will! Next trip to the art store I'll look for some of those mica clays. Already got some ideas in mind for what to do with it.
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012   Artisan Crafter
That sounds fantastic, I hope you'll have fun! :D Remember that mica clay is the one with tiny tiny shiny flecks, if they're big enough to see them that's glitter :)
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SeaDragonLife Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012
I really REALLY want to try this... except I can't comprehend the effect, I guess because my brain sees the stamp and thinks, "Oh. It's impossible for the stamp to do that. It needs to be magnetized." And I see the mica particles as magnets, except you're using a stamp. X.x

So I guess I have a couple questions.
Why does this work and what is the purpose of mica in the clay? I know there's plasticizers inside to make it squishy. is that the same as mica?
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Well I hope you'll try it! :) The mica is the shiny stuff in the clay, if you look at some clay colors you'll notice that some of them have tiny tiny tiny particles that shine, that's the mica. If they're big they won't work for this, because that's glitter. It's very different from plasticizers.

What you do in this case is that you align the mica particles in one direction by rolling it. The stamp simply changes that direction or "shifts" it, creating the effect. It's actually a bit difficult to understand for me too, so I hope I was able to explain it to you and answer your questions x.x

When you do try it please send me a link, I would love to see what you do! :D
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:iconseadragonlife:
SeaDragonLife Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012
I'll have to find a stamp first, but I'll certainly link you when I do it. :D
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Sounds great, thanks! :D good luck finding it!
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Nereaya Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Hobbyist
Wow, it's really nice pedant.
I have some questions, actually. I don't have idea what mica is?
I see the pedant is completly flat at the end, if I understand right you polish it with denim to get it totally flat?

I have another question about the clay. I don't know if you ever used Cernit polymer clay (don't even know if they sell it where you live), but if you did which one did you like most, Cernit or Sculpey.
Here most stores sell Cernit clay, but I one bought Sculpey Premo (the same you use in this tutorial only different colour and without glitters) and I think Sculpey much more stick on your finger than Cernit.
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Mica is a mineral product, it's a really fine and shiny dust. It's what makes shiny polymer clay shiny. It's different from glitter, glitter is bigger and it doesn't produce this effect.

I first cut the raised parts with the blade, then sand it down until it's perfectly flat with the sandpaper. All the denim actually does it polish it so it has a shiny finish.

They don't sell cernit here, so I haven't tried it yet :( so I'm sorry I can't give you my opinion about it.
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:iconnereaya:
Nereaya Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist
Aha, I understand now. I was a little confused before, probably because I quickly read trough tutorial. Would really like to try making a pedant like this, but unfortunatly our oven is broken :( So I'll have to wait... But I'll certainly give you a link to show it if I try!
Thank you so much for your help! :heart:
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012   Artisan Crafter
You're welcome, I hope your oven works again soon, I would die if mine broke :(
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:iconnereaya:
Nereaya Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2012  Hobbyist
Thank you :hug:
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:iconshinycation:
ShinyCation Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Look what I maaaade! :)
[link]
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012   Artisan Crafter
*gasps* it's beautiful! you nailed the technique, congratulations I loooove it!!! :la:

I added a link to the description :D
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ShinyCation Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aww, thanks so much! I'm glad you like it. :D

It took a while to actually get, though. Takes a lot of patience to try and cut thin layers and not try and cut all of the bumps in one swoop, haha.
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012   Artisan Crafter
hahaha I know, it took me a couple of tries the first time too, but it gets easier with some practice :D
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:iconshinycation:
ShinyCation Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. x) It does, I agree! Now I make them smooth and shiny and awesome. *-*

Do you glaze yours or leave it as-is after sanding and buffing?
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:icontalty:
Talty Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2012   Artisan Crafter
Depends on the use, if you glaze them it will look better and even deper, but I hate it when the glaze wears out and looks cloudy and dirty, so I only do it if the costumer wants it glazed.
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ShinyCation Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ooh. What kind of glaze do you use? I haven't had a problem with my glaze yet.
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