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Mica Shift an Awesome Polymer Clay Technique

Version en Español: [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


- 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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Thyme-Sprite's avatar
Thank you for this wonderful tutorial!

It really helped me with my own try at mica shift.
HideTheDecay's avatar
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? 
Human-pon3's avatar
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?
Talty's avatar
It really is:D
Moony-The-Dragon's avatar
Talty's avatar
Yes you can, use water based paints :)
Torazola's avatar
Errmahgerrd, your work is amazing! 8D
Talty's avatar
Thank you so much! :D
Beautiful...can't wait to try it!
Talty's avatar
Let me see it when you do! :love:
DancingViolin's avatar
can you glaze it or will that ruin the effect?
Talty's avatar
Nop, glazing actually enhances the effect :D
Talty's avatar
No problem ^^
Cinnamonster's avatar
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?
Talty's avatar
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.
Stacey104201's avatar
Wow, it really is flat?
Talty's avatar
Yup, it's like magic! :dummy:
Hilson97's avatar
That's really awesome! Thanks for the tutorial, I'll definitely be trying this.
Talty's avatar
Thank you, please let me see what you do! :D
Super tutorial! I haven't tried mica shift yet, but when I do, I'll use your directions. Thank you very much!
Talty's avatar
Thank you so much, I hope you'll have fun when you try it :D
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