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 Polymer Clay Mica-Shift Technique 

by Tammy Honaman, Author, Jewelry-Making Expert and Educator,
Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®

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Step 1
Condition a sheet of mica-color clay.
Step 2
Fold and roll the clay through the Poly Roller on the thickest setting, working the clay in the same direction which will align the mica particles. Roll the clay through at least 20 times.
Step 3
Place the polymer sheet onto your work surface; a ceramic tile is ideal for this technique. Place the texture plate onto the surface of the clay and press firmly. Remove the texture plate.
Step 4
Curve the Super slicer blade and pull it across the top surface of the clay, removing the tops of the textured area. Continue to remove all of the texture until the clay is smooth, yet you can still see the pattern.
Step 5
Using the acrylic roller, roll across the surface of the clay to smooth the clay out further.

Use the mica-shift clay in a design of your choice.
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