Sunday, June 1, 2008

Pinata inks and plastic flakes...

Hi Everyone,

I had an idea pop into my mind the other day which was to wonder what would happen if I added Pinata alcohol inks to those iridescent flakes that you can buy in craft and paper stores. Donna Kato uses the flakes in her tutorial for a faux opal here. So I played with adding a drop of Pinata Inks to about a tablespoon of the flakes and here are the results. I've put them on a thin layer of Liquid Kato and in the photo they're not baked. But, you get the idea. We had a lot of fun looking at the colours at Guild last week.

One of the neat things with the flakes is that the iridescence takes on whatever hue you add to them. So when you add the blue, it looks like the iridescence is to the blue side. But adding red brings the iridescence to the red side.

I'm sure others have come up with the same idea so apologies if anyone thinks I've taken their technique - one of those synchronous things.

I haven't done anything worth showing with them yet (though I do have a few mistakes to post later) - but so far the colours from the inks don't appear to bleed into the liquid clay. I did learn that if I applied the heat gun to them too long the flakes start to melt into the liquid clay and the effect is quite interesting. Once I play a bit more I'll post some photos.

In the mean time, if anyone wants to send me links to their photos with these flakes I'd be more than happy to post them here on my blog.




louise said...

hi sandy . i have tried making sheets with liquid clay but your take is new to me. i will try that too.

Adria said...

brilliant stuff Sandy!

so what's the end result? anxious to see!

Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor said...

Awesome idea Sandy! Just bought some Buffalo Flakes in a clearance sale and now I know how to get some variety out of such a big bag!

I'd love to see the mistakes. I think mistakes are as valuable to learning as the successes. Can't really know how to do things right if you don't know what can go wrong!