Friday, September 3, 2010

Experimenting with Translucent Pardo Art Clay

A couple weeks ago when I was at Hobby LobbyI picked up a couple packages of Pardo Translucent Art Clay. I also purchased bronze, gold and silver metallic Pardo Jewellery Clay.  It's fairly expensive so I thought I would give these a try before I invested in a wider variety of colors.... though I was tempted to buy one of everything.  

 I started with the translucent.  It was easy to condition, I conditioned it the same as I do other brands, ran it through the pasta machine on the # 1 setting 20 times.  I divided it into 5 pieces and tinted with Ranger alcohol inks.  I let it sit until the ink dried and then used the pasta machine to blend in the colors.  I made a muted skinner blend with the blue, lavender and green with clear between the colors and a second skinner blend with the amber and red. 

Click on the photos for a closer look.

I then covered a sheet of Kato Pearl with silver leaf, ran it through the pasta machine on the 2 and 3 settings to get a crackled effect.  I ran a sheet of the tricolor translucent to the #8 setting and placed it over the Kato Pearl.  Next I cut thin slices of my Jackie flower canes and placed them on top of the translucent.  I smoothed the cane slices by placing a piece of parchment paper over the surface and burnished with the back of a spoon. I then cut a shape I liked and popped it in the oven for curing.  I dropped it into an ice bath right out of the oven...and I immediately saw the translucent begin to clear.  After sanding and buffing I used Pigma Micron pens to draw the curlicues. I found it difficult to draw on a slick surface with a permanent pen... it's obvious I need to practice, hopefully  I will do better next time.  I added micro glass balls in tiny drops of Kato liquid clay and put it back in the oven for 15 minutes to set the liquid clay and the ink.  The frame is black Kato clay painted with PearlEx silver.

 For the next one I used the 2nd Skinner blend, again running it through the pasta machine to the #8 setting. The background is crackled gold leaf over red and I used more of Jackie's red flower cane to decorate the top. I'm not through with this one. I may add more to the top or bead around it.  I love the way the flowers seem to be floating across the surface.

I was very pleased with the Pardo translucent. No problems at all, it was easy to condition, the inks mixed well and it went through the pasta machine to the thinnest setting without any wrinkling or sticking to the rollers. It sands and buffs to a high shine and it is clearer than the other brands of translucent.

Now I am off to try the metallics.


  1. Thanks for the information on the Pardo translucent. I had picked up a package of it too but have not had time to play. I love the layering that you are doing with the crackled leaf and flower canes.

  2. Hi BJ, wow, you are inspiring me to use some of my own canes, LOL!! These look so good, as usual, I like the way the top pendant ended up looking - well the only word that comes to my mind is "westerny", I don't know why.

    Thank you for sharing the great things you are doing, and that you're doing it with some of my canes. I appreciate it. ~Jackie

  3. You're welcome Arlene. I hope you will let me know when you give it a try, I'd love to see what you make with it.

    Hi Jacks, I'm happy you like how I used your canes.... they are great!!

    Thank you Tonja

  4. thank you BJ, for this info, how do you think the prado will be for cane making? it it softer the the fimo clasic?


  5. You're welcome Ayelet. I've only tried the translucent, it's not quite as firm as Fimo classic. I will let you know about the colors as soon as I try them.

  6. These pieces are lovely. I haven't played with prado, but I know who to come to when I do.

  7. Thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to giving it a try.-Marlene

  8. Thank you Alice. You should give it a try, I think you will like it.

  9. You're welcome Marlene, I look forward to seeing what you make.