Skygrazer Designs

Glossary Terms
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Lace Cane A simple but often elegant cane made up of many smaller repeating cylindrical canes.

Leach Reduce the amount of plasticizer in the clay. Sometimes clay can be too sticky and one solution to this problem is to lay the clay in thin sheets between clean paper. The plasticizer will leach into the paper and the clay will become stiffer.

Lightbulb Vessel A clay vessel or container which is formed around a light bulb. Once the clay has been cured, the glass armature of the light bulb is carefully broken out of the clay, leaving a cavity, or light bulb shaped hole..

Linoleum Cutters Small carving tools, traditionally used to cut linoleum blocks into stamps. These tools work wonderfully for carving cured polymer clay, as well.

Log A term often used in tutorials and instructions for a cylinder of clay.

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Marble To partially mix two or more colors of clay together.

Mica Shift This technique takes advantage of the mica particles found in metallic and pearl Premo. The mica can be aligned in different directions to give designs or even holographic effects, as the light reflects from the mica, using only one color of clay.

Millefiore Literally translated as a thousand flowers, this technique was originally used with Venetian glass. Canes are constructed with the pattern running through the length of the cane. The cane can be sliced, and even reduced so that you can get identical, or smaller, slices of the same design.

Mobius Bead A technique developed by Mike Buessler, it involves taking a round or square cane slice and folding opposite corners to meet each other.

Mokumé Gané This technique was derived from Japanese metal working. It involves stacking layers of clay, pushing up and pushing down into it and taking slices off the hills and valleys to reveal rings of the different layers. A particularly nice version of the technique uses metal leaf between each layer of clay and tinted translucent clay so that the metal leaf shines through the surface.

Mold An impression of an object or texture can be taken in polymer clay using water or talcum powder as a resist. Once the mold has been baked, more clay can be pressed into the mold and a copy of the original can be created. One sided push molds are the most common, but two-part molds can also be made.

Mosaic An image or design formed from many small colored tiles.

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Natasha Bead A rectangular bead made from scrap clay or cane ends, which has mirrored images on each face.

Needle Tool A pointed tool used for piercing, texturing, manipulating small pieces of clay, etc. There are commercial needle tools available or you can just make your own by putting a clay handle on a needle.

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