Friday, December 11, 2015

Opal Mylar vs Angelina Film vs Iris Film vs Tavoos Thick vs Tavoos Thin vs Holographic Paper

After working with the Opal Mylar recently and posting the results online there were a few questions in regard to Angelina Film, Holographic Paper and Tavoos and because I had all of these products on hand I thought I would do a bit of test to see which one I like the best.

This is what I did:

*  Conditioned black kato clay and ran through the pasta machine on setting #2 so fairly thick.
*  Cut out small squares and placed a solid piece of each "film" on one square and then mosaic pieces on another - so each film had two examples.
*  Burnished to the clay slightly.
*  Baked in bench top oven on a tile for the recommended temperature for 30 minutes.
*  These are how they turned out.
*  All of these examples are on baked clay.

Holographic Paper
This is the stuff you can buy quite cheaply.  Florists use it, kinda like celophane but with a shimmering image (I think you all know the product I'm talking about)
Looked beautiful when it came straight out of the oven.  Edges curled a little but seemed to bake well, until I touched a piece of the mosaic and it popped off the surface. I'm not sure this product would withstand a heat gun either.

The product peels off the baked clay very easily.

Tavoos Thick
I think you've all heard of this product by now.  If not just google and you'll find it. This one looked absolutely beautiful as it came out of the oven.  It seemed to bake beautifully to the clay.  The edges on the mosaic curled slightly.  When I went to see if it would peel off the surface of the clay it simply snapped.  This product would be perfect for a flat piece that was going to be covered with resin or something similar.  You'll note in the third pic I went to peel a little of the mosaic off and a clear layer came off the top leaving a shimmering piece underneath that I couldn't get off.

Tavoos Thin
This is just a thinner version of the thick stuff...obviously!!  This also looked beautiful when it came out of the oven - the solid piece that is.  The little mosaic pieces curled as you can see.  I also tried this on a pod bead and it totally didn't work.  I'm sure there are many applications for this product with polymer clay but not on a pod bead that's for sure.

This one peeled away easily from the baked clay also.

Prior to baking - note it doesn't stick well to the bead.

After baking...bit of a failure.

Angelina Film or Textiva
Fusible iridescent film is the raw material for Angelina.  This is a reasonably thin, shimmering paper that sticks well to raw clay.  It looked beautiful on the black clay both before it went into the oven and after it came out of the oven.  The edges did curl slightly and it peeled away from the cured clay very easily.  I dare say there would be some applications for this product with polymer clay if it was to be sealed after baking.

Iris Film or Polyester Film
This is a product I purchased many many years ago which, when I dragged it out, looked very similar to the opal mylar.  This is a wonderful highly reflective semi-transparent, silvery film  You can stitch on it and shape it and because it is polyester, you can use transfer paints on the surface as well. Again, very similar results to the Angelina Film.  This looked amazing after it was baked and didn't lose any of the shine it.  It did however, peel off very easily - bugger!!  

I did however, decide to try this on a pod bead to see if it would work similar to the Opal Mylar.  The mosaic pieces stuck beautifully to the raw clay bead and also baked beautifully.  I didn't try to pull the pieces off, instead let the bead cool completely, popped a skewer in the thread hole, applied liquid clay and cured it and the finished result was incredible. I tried to handle the mosaic pieces as little as possible and worked carefully so as not to pop them off the surface of the bead.

This bead has an incredibly smooth surface but I love the way you can see the wrinkles in the paper underneath.
Opal Mylar
I think you possibly all know what this is by now.  This is my favourite of them all.  The film sticks to the raw clay beautifully, even on rounded surfaces.  It bakes beautiful, no curled up edges....and the best part I couldn't pick it off the surface of the clay when it had cooled down completely.  You'll see in the last pic I've tried to pick the film off the clay and it just wouldn't budge.  This is pretty awesome stuff I think.

So there you have it.  Lots of different "films/papers" on the market and all would possibly work well, depending on the application, with polymer clay.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Opal Mylar on Polymer Clay Bead

I had a beautiful visit to the lovely warehouse of 2Wards Polymer Clay here in Geraldton, Western Australia and was told about this amazing product by Suzanne Ward.  I actually thought it was similar to the Jones Tones and Lisa Pavelka foils but I was completely wrong.  Found that out after trying to burnish it onto raw clay for 5 minutes and nothing happened!!!  So played around a bit more and found it is pretty amazing simply popped straight onto your raw clay pieces and then baked.  Here's the process in pics.

Create your base bead and make sure it's perfect.

Choose your opal mylar piece (there are 9 different opal colours in the sample pack I purchased).

Use very sharp scissors and cut some strips - or whatever you fancy!

I cut mine into small mosaic like pieces.

Create your thread hole.

Time to add the little flimsy bits of paper to the surface.  Now I found if I licked my finger the little flimsy bits of paper would stick easily.  You can do something else if you don't want to lick your finger :)  Position each little piece randomly on the surface - it should stick very well.

This is the back of my piece which has a flat bottom.  You'll note the little bits of paper wrap around the curves very easily.

Pop onto a small ceramic tile lined with multix-bake paper and bake following the manufacturers recommendations.

This is the piece straight out of the oven.

Note how the edges have changed colour slightly.  Love it.

Just another shot - this is prior to liquid clay.

and another shot prior to liquid clay coating.
Add a layer of liquid clay and cure with a heat gun.

I popped some eyelets into the thread holes to create neat thread holes.

Voila!  Love it. This one has two coats of liquid clay.

So there you have it....easy peasy!  There's so much more to try with this product I'm sure.
Check out the 2wards polymer clay website and look under Gilding, Foils and Glitter.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Friendly Plastic Pendant - A Free Tutorial

I've just recently rediscovered how amazing Friendly Plastic is after working with it to create those scrumptious Debbie Sanders inspired faux lampwork beads....

I played around with this along time ago but finally got around to getting some pics to share with everyone.  

Here's what you'll need:
A pendant bezel
Some friendly plastic
Clear Embossing Powder and spoon

Gather your supplies.

Cut up small pieces of friendly plastic and position in your bezel.  Try to make sure the coloured side is facing upwards.

Pop in an oven for 10 minutes or until the friendly plastic melts.  My oven was set at 150 degrees celcius.  Note there are a few blank spots around the edges where the friendly plastic didn't melt right up to the bezel edge.

Add more friendly plastic and reheat.

That's better!!

Pick up some clear embossing powder in a spoon and sprinkle onto the top of the bezel.

Wipe off all the excess and smooth over the top.  Pop in your oven again to melt - another 10 minutes should be fine.

Leave your pendant to cool and then add your favourite cord or string to finish.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Kids Holiday Workshops Magic Gardens

I was lucky enough to be able to teach two groups of amazing children on Monday - and amazing they were that's for sure.

We created some sensational magic gardens with teeny tiny bugs and they were a hit.  We had clay everywhere and glitter everywhere and I wouldn't have it any other way.  What a day it was.  Thanks to all the beautiful children for making the day so special for me - you should all be incredibly proud of your amazing creations.

Morning Class

and the afternoon class