I've been off on a bicycle touring vacation in Minnesota and Wisconsin - pretty country. We're home now, and I've had a chance to get back to some polymer. I miss having my "fingers" in the clay when I'm away from home, and it feels good to be making some pieces, and augmenting others.
Just yesterday, I taught a workshop on painting polymer with Pearl-x powders. We had as many different results as we had participants, and everyone had a good time experimenting and learning. Here are a couple of pieces I made as part of my demonstration. On the red clusters with bronze stems pieces to the left, I used a micro-pearl for the background. These pieces I finished with Magic Gloss. The next set with the basket weave pattern was finished with several sprays of Preserve Your Memories II.The two finishes make the pieces look quite different. The Magic Gloss adds a depth that looks like a piece of glass. This creates a really shiny surface that seems to distort the background slightly. The PYM II makes a shiny satin finish that leaves the colors and textures clear. It certainly is a matter of personal preference.
While I was using the Magic Gloss, I decided to finish up a few mosaic pieces I'd made a while back and hadn't finished. Each of these pieces now has a layer of Magic Gloss. On the mosaic pieces, the gloss adds depth but there is no distortion of the design - probably because the design is so specific and sharp.
The last photo is another mosaic piece that still needs "grout" and a final finish. I really like the colors in this one.
Both of these techniques are a lot of fun. They are time consuming in some ways, though I find that I get caught up in the processes and don't notice the time it takes.