In this tutorial I will show you how to obtain a realistic oyster shell mother of pearl, using Premo and Pardo clays.

There are the color recipes for both Premo and Pardo during the video, but here they are again:

Premo

Base is white pearl.

You need 6 colors."Part" means the clay is run through the pasta machine on the thickest setting, then a square is cut from it using a cutter with a side of 1 1/2"

1 plain white pearl

2. mix for one part white pearl, about half the size of a garbanzo bean of gold

3. mix for one part white pearl, about half the size of a garbanzo bean of peacock pearl

4. mix for one part white pearl, about half the size of a garbanzo bean of magenta pearl

5. mix for one part white pearl, about half the size of a garbanzo bean of bright green pearl

6. mix for one part white pearl, about half the size of a garbanzo bean of purple pearl

 

Pardo:

Base is either Platinum - either in the jewelry clay line or in the Mica clay line or Mother of Pearl in the jewerly line

 

1. Plain Base

2. Mix for one part Base the size of a garbanzo bean of Transparent lilac

3. Mix for one part Base the size of a garbanzo bean of Transparent light blue

4. Mix for one part Base the size of a garbanzo bean of Transparent pink

5. Mix for one part Base the size of a garbanzo bean of Transparent aqua

6. Mix for one part Base the size of a small pea of gold either from the Jewelry line or the Mica Clays line.


Remember this is to get the oyster shell type of mother of pearl. For other types, you can tweak the amount of color you're adding.

Important! If you decide to color your Premo with mica powders only, do not add any colored clay to the mixes, as the colored mica powders have pigment and will color your clay.

Also, my advice is to not use Premo to color Pardo. The effect on the durability of the clay in the long run is practically unknown.

Also, I do not advise you to tint the clays with alcohol ink if your final result will be just sanded and buffed, not sealed. If in contact with water, the alcohol ink in time will lose pigment.

The cabochon mold I use is the "Almond Cabochons" in the BestFlexibleMolds line.


The "ghost" interference mica powders that I am using in this video I got from eBay, from this vendor (click the small selection arrow, you will see there sampling kits as a choice, the one I got is the 5g, you can see it's a lot and goes a long way)

Also, for the moment PolyClayPlay is out of stock of Platinum. I got mine from Switzerland, I found an online store that has a decent shipping but it takes about 2 weeks to get it in the US, the store is Buddlycrafts

 

 

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