Playing with my Pardo Translucent

In the US, here have been some supply issues with Pardo Translucent Art Clay, but I’m happy to say that the ship has come in! Yes, indeed, the wholesale shipment of Pardo Translucent Art Clay has arrived in the US and stock has been sent to the suppliers who carry it.  I spoke with Trish at Poly Clay Play last week and she has plenty of stock and even more on order. If you’re new to Pardo Trans, or need to buy some more for your own stash, here’s where you can get some. (Oh, and I don’t want to leave out the European polymer clayers! You can buy Pardo Translucent at Clayaround in the UK, Laurenz-Morgan and Marwel Design in Germany.) For a more comprehensive list of where to buy Pardo Translucent, see this post.

I admit that I have hoarded my Pardo Trans. I like to keep some of all the polymer clay brands on hand so that I can test various products and techniques. And also because Pardo Translucent is the clearest of all the translucent clays, there is really no better solid clay to use in faux glass techniques. But now that more Pardo Trans is readily available, I’m happy to use up my current hoard. So, I’ve been making more faux sea glass, faux Roman glass, and faux Czech glass beads. Below I show you these examples of what can be made with my Faux Glass Effects Tutorial.


Learn to make faux Roman Glass, sea glass, Czech glass, and carnival glass from polymer clay with this tutorial from The Blue Bottle Tree.If you’re new to this tutorial, let me tell you a bit about it. (If you’re not interested in the selly sell stuff, then just scroll down to look at the pretty pictures. And you have to admit, Pardo does make really pretty faux glass.)

The Faux Glass Effects Tutorial shows you how to make four very different types of faux glass:

  1. Faux sea glass made with this technique is honestly quite convincing. How convincing? Check out this sea glass post where I mixed the faux sea glass among some real sea glass and you’ll be hard-pressed to know the difference. See that I mean?
  2. You will also learn how to make faux Roman glass. Quite the hot trend in jewelry design, actual Roman glass is expensive. This tutorial teaches you to make your own, and you can do it in any color you wish, with as little or as much iridescent sheen as your project needs.
  3. The third main project is faux Czech glass beads. You can make durable, lightweight faux glass beads in bright jewel-like colors that you can’t find in glass such as hot pink and grape purple.
  4. Next is faux carnival glass. You know that opalescent glass that you find in antique stores? That’s carnival glass. The same effect is used in those totally cool Czech glass buttons that have become popular used in jewelry designs in recent years. With this tutorial, you can make your own.

The tutorial itself is 73 pages long and has 121 photographs that detail every step. This isn’t one of those “tell you the secret and send you on your way” type tutorials. It’s really very thorough and gives lots of tips for working with clay, too. There’s also a resources section explaining where to get polymer clay supplies in your area.

To purchase the tutorial, just click the button and be taken to the listing. After purchase, you’ll get an email with the download link. The whole process takes mere minutes and you can be making faux glass in no time.

Buy the Faux Glass Tutorial

Note: Thanks to a special arrangement, this tutorial now contains a special coupon code for 10% off your order at Poly Clay Play.

Green faux Czech glass beads made from polymer clay in the size you need for your project.

Make faux Czech beads from polymer clay in colors that glass doesn't come in, like these hot pink ones with frosty pink accents.

Use polymer clay to create faux Roman glass in any shape you need.

Faux Roman Glass made from polymer clay.

Make faux carnival glass with this the Faux Glass Effects Tutorial by The Blue Bottle Tree.

Faux Czech glass beads made from polymer clay with the tutorial from The Blue Bottle Tree.

Faux sea glass made with Pardo Translucent polymer clay, tutorial at
Faux Czech glass beads made from polymer clay with the tutorial from The Blue Bottle Tree. Faux Czech glass beads made from polymer clay with the tutorial from The Blue Bottle Tree.

Yes, all of the work in these pictures is made from polymer clay. And you can learn how to do it with the Faux Glass Effects Tutorial. You can learn more about the tutorial here.

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