our plan was to work on getting predictable, reliable transparency with pardo and/or sculpey. pardo's crumbly texture was much improved by the addition of sculpey translucent BUT some translucency and pardo's slightly shiny baked surface were sacrificed with the combination of the two.
the bronze-y gold elements in the upper left corner of the top photo were a disappointment. before we baked them the raw polymer clay showed swirls of gold alcohol inks through the plain translucent clay. after it was baked, the plain translucent turned, well, translucent. so it just looks gold. the example above (light shining through those gold elements) looks a bit more like what i was hoping for.
maia's idea of sprinkling tiny beads in between the layers of polymer turned out great!
i'm not sure how i'm going to use these techniques...but i can't wait to try!