Swirling Leftover Clay from a Mica Shift Project [Spotlight]

Polymer Clay Projects “I wondered if it would swirl. And to my surprise, it did. I
love it!” ~Ritzs

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Mica Shift and Torn Clay Watercolor Beads by Ritzs

Hi Cindy. I just had to show you these pictures. I was doing a Mica Shift pendant and having made too much clay (used Sculpey Pearl and a tiny amount of Cornflower Blue), I decided to make some of the torn paper beads which I love to make.

But that’s not why I sent these pictures. I had a ball of the mica clay leftover, and after rolling it in my hand as one does wondering what to do with it, I noticed the mica lines. So I wondered if it would swirl. And to my surprise, it did (see large round bead photo). I love it!

Has anyone else ever done this before?

By the way, the paper beads have not been sanded yet.


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  1. Ritzs, 19 March, 2010

    well what a surprise to wake up to. I was sat in bed with my laptop and a cuppa (well it is Friday lol) and to my surprise their was my creation Cindy you are the best and to show others my work i am a little embarrassed, Oh well happy Friday everyone Ritzs u.k.

  2. Ken H, 19 March, 2010

    Don’t be embarrased, they’re fantastic, I would like to know how you got the clay to stay in the wire setting, is there a groove around the edge?

  3. Anna Sabina, 19 March, 2010

    I love the colors you chose. The mica shift swirl is way cool. I love the torn paper beads too.

  4. Laura B, 19 March, 2010

    Those are beautiful!

  5. Ritzs, 19 March, 2010

    Hi Ken, I made the wire shape first and then pushed it into my clay, first making a rough shape, and then carefully trimmed around the edge, after baking take out of the wire sand and polish and then return with a little glue i hope that helps

  6. Elizabeth K., 19 March, 2010

    Hi Ritzs
    your pendant and beads are just georgeous. Love the colours and the the copper wire around the pendant is perfect.
    It certainly gives us all a lift to see these lovely things in here and when it is our own what a pleasnt surprise to see it on the page.
    Keep up the lovely work and keep sending. It is all so inspirational.
    E XXX

  7. Ken H, 19 March, 2010

    Thank you it does, and again I really like the mica swirl round, that’s something I don’t think I would have thought to try.

  8. Elizabeth S., 19 March, 2010


    Ditto, ditto, ditto on all the comments of others. I think it is so wonderful how we all take what we have learned from Cindy, and run with it toward our own creative possibilities. Thank you for sharing these beauties and for the inspiration to try something a little different.

    Elizabeth S.

  9. Freda K, 19 March, 2010

    The pearl and cornflower blue really make a gorgeous color; all the pieces are wonderful. Clever wire wrapping around the one. Thanks for sharing them.

  10. Cheryl Hodges, 19 March, 2010

    Ritz, they’re all beautiful. I love the color and the copper wire around, looks really decorative. Love the swirled bead too and torn water color.

  11. Susan, 19 March, 2010

    You did a lovely job. Beautiful colors and I agree the copper wire is a great choice.

  12. Lisa Whitham, 19 March, 2010

    @Ritz – Just lovely… What talent you have! You shouldn’t be embarrassed at all, you should be proud to show your work! My fave is the wire wrapped pendant. Very clever idea!!

    Clay On,
    ~Lisa :)

  13. Kerri Crawford, 19 March, 2010

    What a great idea to use mica for the torn clay beads. The bead with copper wire is just beautiful. I’m having too much fun with the mica also. What fun this is!

  14. Ritzs, 19 March, 2010

    Thank you everyone for all the kind words i am having so much fun, I look on you all as my new found friends it’s wonderful to belong to such a nice group of people

  15. Phaedrakat, 19 March, 2010

    Ritzs, your work is lovely! I’ve never thought to “swirl my mica”, and it’s quite a clever idea! It turned out very cool-looking, as did your wired-up pendant, and your luscious water-color beads (which are gorgeous & haven’t even been sanded yet?)

    Thanks for showing us your beauties! I hope you (& everyone else) have a wonderful day!

  16. Linda K., 19 March, 2010

    @ Ritzs: I just love this color! And your beads are wonderful, especially the bead with the wire frame. Thanks for sharing them.

  17. Marsha, 19 March, 2010

    Beautiful beads! I love cornflower blue and the way the swirls show movement in the beads – just lovely! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Silverleaf, 19 March, 2010

    Great work Ritzs, I love the colour! Mica clay is so much fun, isn’t it?

  19. Helen Sperring (honeyclay), 20 March, 2010

    Oh Wow, how beautiful, Ritz!!!!! I also love the wire wrapped pendant. with the rubber stamp design on it the most. What size copper wire did you use? Did you get the swirly look just by rolling the clay in your hands? They’re all so beautiful!!!!! Was it hard manipulating the wire?? I don’t even see any nicks in it. Great work and lets see more of that great talent!!!!! Keep claying!!!!!! Honey

  20. Carole Holt, 20 March, 2010

    what wonderful work, they are all so special. I especially like your surround for the pendant.it sparks lots of ideas as i never would have thought you could do that .

  21. Peggy Barnes, 20 March, 2010

    I love your beads also. I love working with MICA It is one of my favorite techniques to work with. Nothing more rewarding than to come up with a beauty all on your own. Congratulations Ritzs. I feel every time someone sends a picture in it is so inspiring and quite a bonus.
    Thank you Ritzs for sharing with all of us.
    Uuuuuugggggggggs to all, Peggy

  22. DJ, 20 March, 2010

    These are all just lovely Ritzs! Like so many have mentioned already the swirl works beautifully….another one of those successful “hmmm, what if” moments.

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