The experiment, testing the color lightfastness of the colors of different brands of polymer clay, is moving along. I have a few changes to the parameters I laid out in my initial article, “Lightfastness of Polymer Clay Brands”.
First, I am happy to say, that I am adding two brands to the test process. In addition to Kato, Premo and Fimo Classic, I have added Cernit and Pardo. I received a new shipment of Pardo and Cernit and, I have to tell you, they were a joy to work with. I will cover my “take” on the workability of each of the different brands of polymer clay in separate article this week.
The canes are all created and I am now working on the little bird sculptures. I have never done a huge amount of sculpture work, over foil armatures, so this is good practice for me. I am working on a list of tips and tricks about creating and working with foil armatures, that I have both discovered myself and compiled from other sources. Watch for this in the upcoming days!
One plan I had to deviate from, was making an identical set of rainbow colors in each brand. I ended up with a slightly different spectrum in two of the brands (short by two intermediary colors), due to lacking enough quantities to mix them all. I’m certain, however, that the spectrum used will provide plenty of information to judge how lightfast the basic colors of each brand are. I did end up adding the packaged green and red to the colors used, so that it increases the out-of-the-package colors we are testing.
Also, because it was so interesting to see the differences in color mixing of the different brands, I took copious notes. That will be shared in another upcoming article, too.
I would love to have some volunteers to help me with this project. If you live in a very sunny area, and have a place outside to keep some little bird decorations for a few months, in full sun, and would like to help, please contact me. I will make the little birds and send them to you for the experiment. Mind you, they will not be works of art, but attractive enough to display in your garden. So, are you in Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Spain, Hawaii, or some other Sun Goddess part of the world? If so, I would really appreciate your help!