I tried transferring images to translucent clay a couple of years ago, and it didn't work. I use Premo Pearl almost exclusively, but seeing the success my friend and fellow PCAGOE member, Marcia Palmer recently had with transfers to translucent clay using my cylinder bead tutorial, I got inspired by her success and was determined to make it work for me. This is Marcia's bead that inspired me. Isn't it gorgeous?
I quickly realized the reason it didn't work was because I didn't back the translucent with an opaque clay, so my images were looking like the invisible man when he was halfway to the no-see zone.
I am very pleased with the results. The finished effect is a soft, almost luminescent effect. The images look like they glow from within. A couple didn't transfer as well as others, but here are a few of my favorites from the batch.
I am especially pleased with these "black line" image transfers, simple black line drawings. I knew they would transfer well to an opaque clay, but I wasn't sure what I would get with the translucent. I set out with an idea to transfer them to red opaque clay, but the tinted translucent I had blended last week caught my eye instead.
And then, of course, I had to try some florals, wondering if they would have the same soft luminescence. What do you think?