These were made with the last of my good batch of Pardo. I am now desperate for more. As I am finding out, getting more is not an easy thing. It's like looking for a golden Easter egg, or that proverbial needle in the haystack.
I received part of the shipment of Pardo yesterday from Amazon.com. Amazon.com? Yes, it was the only place I could find Pardo Professional Art Clay in 2.1 oz. bricks. I bought 6 bricks. They weren't supposed to arrive until next week, so I was so excited when I opened the package and saw them. Excitement quickly turned to frustration, and my famous temper surfaced. I ranted, I raved. My Momma calls it "showing out." Well, I showed out, big time. Why? After having worked with nice, pliable, lovely, flexible Pardo, every brick of this stuff was so hard, it crumbled to dust when I tried to roll it through the pasta machine. A scientist can't work her experiments without the main ingredient with which to work!
I didn't want to add another brand of liquid polymer clay to soften the Pardo, which would defeat the purpose of my pure Pardo experiments; but that may be the only recourse. I tried softening it by putting a brick in a sealed plastic bag and leaving it in a bowl under the spigot of hot water for 10 minutes. Nothing. I tried using a hair dryer on it, and even holding the heat back 2' resulted in the clay yellowing and looking like melted, HARD candle wax. I tried holding it in my hand for a long time. I tried wrapping it in a towel and setting the iron on it (iron set on low.) None of these worked.
I went to Viva Decor's website. It was no help. Lots of pretty pictures, but nothing to help. I emailed Viva, but haven't heard back yet. I don't know how to speak or write in German, so I am hoping they have someone there who can read my pitifully plaintive English email. I googled how to make Pardo soft again. No help. While I was looking for a cure, I began to wonder why the translucent bricks aren't being offered anywhere. Have they been discontinued? I did find 3 bricks on the clearance aisle at Hobby Lobby last week. Is that significant? Does that mean Hobby Lobby isn't going to carry Pardo any longer? All the Pardo was on the clearance aisle, come to think of, even the colored balls.
It is the stuff of nightmares, I tell you. Now that I have discovered Pardo's translucent qualities, I don't want to give it up. I hope someone somewhere out there has an answer. In the mean time, I guess I'll have to add some liquid Kato and see what happens. The mad scientist in me is still showing out, only inwardly.
Hmmm, wonder if any of the ladies who helped develop Pardo can help out a sister in need. Surely they can spare a few bricks... I bet they got a lifetime supply of free Pardo...