It is thin, strong, and lightweight with a nice surface texture on both sides -- the pencil turns into a matte finish and captures a surprising amount of line detail...color neatly! The non-frosted side ends up very shiny -- almost like a coat of satiny resin.
The really cool thing is that after you bake it (325 degrees for the shrinky plastic), you can back it with polymer and bake at the polymer temp and it bonds with the clay. No glue or liquid clay needed. It seems like you'd really have to use some force to separate them. However, I don't know what, if any, long-term reaction might come into play between the polymer and plastic. If anyone knows, please leave a comment.
A regular hole punch in the plastic before baking shrinks down to a perfect size for button holes or for jewelry wire to pass through.
If you bake with the shiny side up and then embed the matte side down in the clay, you end up with an image behind a glossy finish. Make sure you don't touch the glossy side before it's cool so you don't make marks in it.
It's not a fast process because you're drawing and filling in a larger image than the final size. But it's another fun tool in the kit for making delicate but strong jewelry components.
|I am very impressed by how strong the plastic is. |
That little teeny piece of eyelash that extends out is not in danger of breaking.
I went very light with the colored pencil on this first one so it remained
|I colored too dark and lost detail. |
I added more colored pencil on this after baking to insert some highlights.
I realized that this technique would benefit from white outlines rather than black.
|As you can see, this design is similar to the one above. |
I drew my original design on a piece of paper so I wasn't
just winging it and I would have a template to use again.
The plastic is clear so it's easy to trace any pattern.
|I left the mitten above and the fish below unbacked with clay because the color looks good |
on both sides and I didn't mess up the shiny sides when baking.