Friday, September 17, 2010

More Pardo Art Clay

Here is another cane with Pardo Professional Art Clay. This time I tinted some translucent with alcohol ink (the yellow portion of the cane) and used it for the background. This is the cane before reduction. 

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This is the cane after reduction, as you can see, very little distortion. It is very easy to reduce and I didn't have to let it rest before reducing like I do the other brands.  The other two are mini canes from scraps.  

 The canes slice neatly and the slices hold their shape. I do quarter turns after each slice to keep them as square as possible. The background is gold leaf over green clay. My photographic skills are limited so I wasn't able to show the depth the translucent creates but I think you get the idea.

I sanded and buffed the pendant tile. I tried to pop the eyelets out before sanding but they wouldn't come out  so I sanded over them,  they look pretty good sanded. 

I haven't sanded and buffed the beads yet. I used thinner slices of cane on the beads so the gold leaf shows up better. 

I also tried tinting Pardo translucent with Viva Precious Metal paint.  I  condition the clay, divided a sheet of #1 thickness into 6 small pieces and then painted with the Viva paints. The first is pearl, 2nd is coral, 3rd is crimson, the 4th is emerald, the 5th is  gold and the last one is a mix of green and blue with a little gold that was left on the brush.  I let them sit until the paint was dry, about an hour.  By the way you can clean the brushes with soap and water. I think cleaning instructions should be on every kind of paint,  ink, or dye but of course it isn't..... one of my pet peeves. 

Here is how they look mixed in. As you can see I also added a piece that I'd made earlier with blue.  Once the gold was mixed it it turned a yucky gray.

I rolled out the colors to the #9 setting on the pasta machine and placed them over clay with different designs. As you can see in this photo the paint takes away most of the translucent effect. The pearl didn't mix in very well. I added glitter to the gold and the green.  Needless to say I didn't get the effect I was going for so I'll have to come up with a different use for the rest of the tinted clay.

When all else fails... make swirlies.  I'll try that tomorrow. 

Thanks for stopping by, if you have any questions or comments I'd love hearing from you. 


  1. Beautiful canes and interesting and luscious experiments. I think you're on the cutting edge and thanks for sharing your experiments with us!

  2. Beautiful!! Love all that you are doing and sharing with us, BJ - even though you may not see changes in us right away - you will eventually. You're such a wonderful sharing person.... I'm keeping you as my friend for good, girl! I enjoy you immensely.