The mica shift is a very simple technique that yields incredible results. It works with polymer clay that has mica in it, first you align the mica particles in the clay and later disturb them to produce very interesting effects. My favorite effect is the 3D optical illusion that you get when you use a stamp; the clay appears to have depth, while being completely flat. It's a very interesting optical illusion that is fun both make and watch, and I'll show you how to do it.
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Step 1: Materials and Tools
Another lovely thing about the mica shift technique is that it requires relatively few materials. Here's what I use:
- Polymer clay with mica in it. My favorite clay for this technique is Premo , it seems to have more mica in it so it produces better results. Premo in metallic colors works best, but anything from their Accents line will work (except, of course, the translucent colors). Premo Gold seems to achieve the best results of them all.
- A stamp. Any stamp will work, but I prefer to use stamps with relatively thick lines to make it easier to notice the effect and pattern. The deeper the stamp, the better.
- A tissue blade. (Adult supervision is advised).
- A rolling pin or a pasta machine.
- A cutter(optional) .
- White (scrap) paper or wax paper.
- Corn starch or water in a spritz bottle.
- Wet/dry sandpaper.
- Old denim clothes.