TESTING THE NEW PARDO JEWELLERY CLAY

 I had recently received the samples from Viva Decor to test the New Pardo Jewellery Clay. Pardo Jewellery Clay is polymer clay, needs to bake in an convection oven at a temperature of 275 º F (120 ºC to130 º C), it contains pure natural beeswax ( as a plasticiser replacing phthalates) and premium pigments, its a more eco-friendly polymer clay. Pardo Clay is available in 69 colours, from basic to various shades and tints, The colours are well produced it's very cool, wide choices for jewellery artist and other clayer.

First impression, I like the way the clay is presented in small round shape balls about 20 mm in diameter, proportion of the usage will be more easier, just pick the number of clay balls and used it accordingly. The silver and gold glittered clay are well mixed and sparkling. The mini-pack 34g is easy to open, it's a unusual packaging concept for polymer clay and the 75g round content box, reminds me of my wife's make-up container, the packaging design is feminine more in line with Jewellery making. It's a class of its own. The quality of Pardo Jewellery Clay will cost more than the other brands, the price is related to its presentation, packaging and also the quality of the clay.
The clay is soft and firm, I like the feel, no smell, not sticky, rolling the clay gets no crumbs just lump. You can create a miniature without conditioning, easy to use and holds the shape well. Pardo Clay mixed well with most of the other brand of polymer clays like, Premo, Sculpey 3, Cernit, Kato, Bakeshop, Fimo Classic, FimoSoft.

Baking Pardo Polymer Clay at within 130º C to 140º C for 45 minutes, observation, colour becomes darker after baking, flexibility test at 3.0 mm thk. diameter, bending into a loop is easy without breaking. At 1.0 mm thick, bending and flexing the baked Pardo Polymer Clay to 160 times will not break the clay strip of 5.0 mm width x 45 mm length. Adhesion test takes 8 times of scissor action to separate the crossed Pardo Clay. On Tension Tests the clay will snapped or broke at about 15 lb with 5.0 mm thickness in diameter.

The unbaked Pardo clay samples have been left to expose to the environment for weeks and it is still soft, unliked other clay that is crumble and hard to condition.

 

MIXING PARDO WITH DIFFERENT BRANDS OF POLYMER CLAY

Mixing ratio for Pardo Clay with other brands is 5:5.

1) Premo + Pardo = Feels good, firm and not sticky.
2) Sculpey 3 + Pardo = Feels good, slightly softer than Premo.
3) Cernit + Pardo = Kneading Cernit clay become firm does not becomes too soft with our finger heat.
4) Kato + Pardo = Feels good, makes Kato more softer, firmer than Premo.
5) BakeShop + Pardo = The mixture is firm even after kneading many times, original BakeShop becomes too soft in shaping with continuous kneading.
6) Fimo Classic + Pardo = Feels good, firm and shape easy.
7) Fimo Soft + Pardo = The mixed clay isvery soft, it is even softer than BakeShop polymer clay. 

All the mixed unbaked clays were left on the shelf exposing to the environment for weeks, the clay remains soft, easy to use and stable condition, not hard, like Kato or Fimo Classic.

Tested on 14/09/09 till today 14/10/09, he clay remains soft.

 

FLEXIBLITY AND TENSION TEST ON PARDO JEWELLERY CLAY BY MIXING WITH OTHER BRANDS

Sculpey Premo, very flexible over 160 times bending with the strip (1.0 mm thick x 6.0 mm width x 45 mm length), tension test, breaks at 10 lbs with 5.0 mm diameter.
Sculpey 3, very flexible over 160 times bending with the strip (1.0 mm thick x 6.0 mm width x 45 mm length), tension test, breaks at 10 lbs with 5.0 mm diameter.
Cernit, veryflexible over 160 times bending with the strip (1.0 mm thick x 6.0 mm width x 45 mm length), tension test, breaks at 10 lbs with 5.0 mm diameter.
Kato, very flexible over 160 times bending with the strip (1.0 mm thick x 6.0 mm width x 45 mm length), tension test, breaks at 13 lbs with 5.0 mm diameter.
BakeShop, very flexible over 160 times bending with the strip (1.0 mm thick x 6.0 mm width x 45 mm length), tension test, breaks at 10 lbs with 5.0 mm diameter.
Fimo Classic, very flexible over 160 times bending with the strip (1.0 mm thick x 6.0 mm width x 40.5 mm length), tension test, breaks at 12 lbs with 5.0 mm diameter.
Fimo Soft, very flexible over 160 times bending with the strip(1.0 mm thick x 6.0 mm width x 45 mm length), tension test, breaks at 12 lbs with 5.0 mm diameter.

By mixing the 5:5 ratio, does not yield a better tension result, if you refer to my previous strong clay tests, example, using solid Premo the tension is 14 lbs, with the mixture, it can only achieved 10 lbs, Cernit mixture, tension is 10 lbs, instead of 25 lb tested with solid Cernit. As for flexiblity with 1.0 mm thick x 0.6 mm width, I was surprised at the Pardo and Sculpey 3 mixture, it turns out to be very flexible, bending 160 times instead of bending a single time before it break into two. Tension test for Sculpey 3 acheived10 lbs, is the same as the previous tests using solid Sculpey 3.

In conclusion, the advantages of mixing the clay creates a stable, friendly and easy to condition polymer clay with no crumbs. Any polymer clay that are able to hold a weight of within10 lbs, and bending above100 times at 1.0 mm thk.without breaking is considered strong clay.

Unbaked test samples

Baking test samples for 45 minutes.

Baked samples, colours for Premo and Kato are darker.

Closer view of the Pardo/Premo sample, with 5:5 ratio, the glittered mixture are sparkling, quality of the glitters are good.

 

TESTING TRANSLUCENCY IN THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF TRANSLUCENT CLAY

Translucency Tests, Sculpey Premo Frost, Premo Translucent, Fimo Effect, Pardo Agate

Rolling into balls comparing the colour between various brands of translucent clay.

Creating 1.0 mm thickness for all the 4 types of polymer clay, through the pasta machine

Baking the Translucent clay between130º C -150º C for 45 minutes.

After baking on clear glass base, notice the air bubbles under the clays.

Comparing the translunency between the various brands of polymer clay, Sculpey Premo Translucent seems the best choice. MICROWAVED BEAD AND CONVECTION OVEN BAKED BEAD

Unbaked Pardo Jewellery Clay.

Microwaving the Pardo Jewellery Clay for 15 minutes at ' Hi ' mode. Refer to my previous microwaving method with Polymer Clay beads.

Microwaved Pardo Beads is very hard and the 2.5 meter impact test does not break the bead, colour appears to be lighter after microwave. As for the Pardo Beads baked in the convection oven, the colour turns darker after baking in the convection oven for 45 minutes.

 

Tested on 14/09/09 PARDO JEWELLERY SET CREATION CELINE

 

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