Sunday, June 18, 2006

Polymeri Online 18.6.06


MICA SHIFT!

by Carissa Nichols - So what is this 'Mica Shift' everyone is talking about? Well, anyone who's seen translucent Premo or Fimo has seen what polymer clay looks like in its 'natural state'. During the manufacturing process, pigments are added to color the clay. Sometimes an additional ingredient, mica, is also added. Mica is what makes the gold, pearl, colored pearls, copper and silver colors that are so popular.
Mica is a naturally occurring stone that forms in thin crystalline wafers. It is very soft and can be pulled apart with your fingertips. Egyptian, Greek and Roman women used ground up mica in their make-up to impart a 'glow' to their skin because even when ground to a powder, mica's crystalline structure allows it to reflect light.
more on - http://www.pcpolyzine.com/march2001/mica.html

3 HGTV projects:
http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/crafting/article/0,,HGTV_3352_1820446,00.html http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/crafting/article/0,,HGTV_3352_1399580,00.html
http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cr_clay_jewelry/article/0,,HGTV_3238_2227747,00.html

wood Mica shift
http://www.pcpolyzine.com/june2001/wood.html

textured mica shift
http://www.kelliesklay.homestead.com/micashiftlesson.html

mica roll cane
http://www.pcpolyzine.com/june2001/micaroll.html

PCC mica shift project
http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/cyclopedia/micashift_projects.html

mica shift egg -
http://polymerclaycentral.com/satinegg.html

Donna Kato Mica shift necklace
http://www.prairiecraft.com/pdf/heart_necklace/heart_necklace.pdf

another project
http://www.geocities.com/mwdonnelly/arts/techniques/polyclayghost.html

Galleries:
http://www.polymerclaycentral.com/clayday_micashift1.html http://gallery.gundo.com/gallery/Mica-Shift
http://www.ducknrun.com/gallery/micaclass