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Twisted Rope Mica Shift
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by Kellie Prather Robinson
Click for Details About This Pin Supplies:
  • Premo Metallic Clay
  • Tissue Blade
  • Acrylic Rod or Brayer
  • Pasta Machine
(You can also use Premo Pearl Clays, but the mica effect will be better with the Metallics)

Step 1 Step 1: When you first run the metallic clay through your pasta machine, you will notice that it has lots of different shades of color. This is because the mica particles are not lined up.

Step 2 Step 2: To line up the mica particles, fold the clay in half and run it through the pasta machine again. After folding and running through the pasta machine about 10 times, you will have nice shiny sheets of clay. For this project, we need two sheets of the aligned mica particle clay, as seen in the photo on the right.

Step 3 Step 3: Cut off some strips of clay from one of the sheets. Notice that on the top and bottom of the strip, the clay is bright and shiny. And on the sides of the strip, the clay is darker.

Step 4 Step 4: Hold on to the ends of the strips and gently twist them into a rope.

Step 5 Step 5: Take those twisted strips of clay and lay them down on the second sheet of clay that you prepared earlier in Step 2. The example is just laid down in stripes, but you can lay them down in swirls, or however you like!

Step 6
Step 6: Using your acrylic rod or brayer, flatten the twisted strips of clay onto the sheet of clay.

Step 7
Step 7: Cut off the ends of the clay strips that are hanging off the edge of your sheet of clay. Now you can run the sheet of clay through the pasta machine for a final smoothing.

Step 8 Step 8: You can use this sheet of clay to make a wide variety of projects. Sanding your item after baking will really bring out that mica shift!

©2001-Kellie Prather Robinson

Thank you, Kellie! You can Email Kellie at or visit her Website at

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