Pardo Translucent Professional Art Clay Review

Pardo Translucent Professional Art Clay Review

Hi guys, its Cindy Lietz, your Polymer Clay
Tutor, and in today’s PCT test lab, I’m going to be talking about Pardo Professional Art
Clay in Translucent. Now a little while back I did a review of
4 brands of Translucent Polymer Clay, and a bunch of you asked me to do a review on
Pardo Translucent, so I’ve got a block here. Now actually it was harder for me to get than
I thought, there’s only one place that I know of in North America that carries Pardo Translucent
or Pardo, the brand, and that is at PolyClay Play, and when I went to go order some Translucent,
they were out of stock. So, anyways what happened when I… when I
was talking about the Pardo, one of the local members of the Vancouver Poly Clayer’s Guild,
her name is Nancy, she said I have a block, I’ll pop over and give you some if you want,
so thank you Nancy very much, and I’ve had a little bit of a chance to play with this. Now my first impressions are, first of all,
it’s the same kind of size block pretty much as a block of Premo, Premo is a 2 ounce block
in this is 2.1 ounces, it is, like I said it’s made in Germany by Viva Décor, and
they make a lot of paints and different types of products. It is made with beeswax, so it’s a little
different than all of the other brands. And when you open it up, there’s like zero
smell, I mean if somebody can smell a smell it’s not me, so I just can’t smell anything
at all working with it so that is nice, baking it… and I couldn’t smell it either, that
doesn’t mean it doesn’t have a smell, it’s just one that I didn’t smell. Also, the firmness of it is… when you first
pick it up, it feels pretty similar to Premo, but then once it starts warming up, it gets
quite sticky, so it’s a little bit different, it’s firm enough to work with, you could do
some great stuff with it, so it isn’t totally mushy, but it is a lot softer, and it also
feels a little waxier, and maybe that’s because of the beeswax in there. Now this is the Translucent, and I had heard
lots of stuff about it being the very most translucent brand that there is, so I wanted
to compare it to the other brands of translucent that I’ve tested. So here we go, first of all I rolled out,
just like it did in the previous translucent video, I had rolled out different types of
brands, I’ve got the Sculpey III here, Fimo, Kato, Premo White Translucent and then I have
the Pardo Translucent. I did a couple of tests here, I rolled out
two different thicknesses, one at 1 card thickness, so like a playing card thick, I did that on
my pasta machine, and one at 6 cards thick, just like the previous samples I had done. And I baked it for what the box said, it said
30 minutes at 250 degrees Fahrenheit, which is, what does this say, what is that, it’s
120 Celsius. Now I also did another test sample, same sizes,
but I baked it for longer like I’d usually do with my other clays, and I baked these
ones at 60 minutes. Now, I’ll show you the differences in clarity,
first of all, I’ll hold it up to the light. The one at, and can you see that well Doug,
the one at 30 minutes, this first one here is… has some… a little bubbles and things
in it. When I baked it for longer at the 60 minutes,
in this hand here, you can see it’s a lot clearer, the color stays quite White as well. Now as the thicker samples, there’s some clarity
there, still some plaquing and things on the 60 minutes, but there is still… more light
can get through this thicker one than the thinner one at 30 minutes. Now compared to the other brands, let’s see. You can see the color wise, I’ll just take
the…the one for 60 minutes so it’s a fair sample check. Sculpey of course is terrible, Fimo is pretty
good, Kato is too yellow and Premo White. So I’m gonna compare the ones that are the
closest to the… to the Pardo, and you can see that the Pardo is still quite a bit Whiter,
Fimo is very White. But you can see it when the translucency…
where you can really see it is on something like this, so I’m just gonna take this printed
piece of paper, and I’m gonna show you, laying these pieces on, now the Premo is a little
bit Yellower as you can see against the White here, the… I’ll just gonna lay the Fimo up across this
little lion here and check him against the Premo, you can see the Premo’s a little clearer,
but a little Yellower, but the Premo wins on that one. And then I’m going to put the Pardo up next
to the Premo, and you can see that the Pardo, which is a small piece, is clearer and it
is a more… it’s not as Yellow, so it’s not White, White, but it’s more of a clear
kind of color, so it is the clearest. Though I’m fairly impressed with this Premo
still, it’s not doing too bad, but it is a little more Yellow and the Pardo is just that
much clearer. Now this really makes a big difference if
you’re going to do some of the faux techniques like a Faux Sea Glass and some of the techniques
like the Faux Labradorite, when you’ve got the thin layer of Translucent over top. So how clear your Translucent is can make
a big difference, the only challenge is trying to combine it with other types of clay. The temperature difference is a bit of a difference,
I’m gonna have to do some more testing there as far as whether I can combine the Pardo
with the other brands, so I’ll look into doing that. As far as strength goes, I did this before
with the other ones, here let me just grab the Pardo only, so move those out of the way,
the Pardo at 30 minutes, let’s do a test here and see how strong it is, it still will snap,
but looks relatively strong, try this one, this is the thicker one, it will break. At 60 minutes, this is the thin one, 1 card
setting, it’s much stronger, I’ll see if I can break it, it’s harder, this is reminding
me a lot of the Premo, though I have a feeling that the Pardo is looking stronger than the
Premo… was because it did eventually break. And then on the thicker one let’s try it,
it’s flexible but it’s quite… I don’t think I can break it, so it’s quite
a strong clay. What else did I wanna say about it? Yes, I did try doing a couple of little test
samples, I added a little bit of alcohol ink into this kind of leafy kind of shape, wasn’t
meant to be anything important, I was just checking it out to see how thin it would go,
and see the translucency on it, and it is quite strong. I also made a little Faux Jade bead with it,
and the light shows through it lovely, so I think it would make a wonderful clay for
using for Faux Jade and that type of thing. I just wanted to ask you, so if…from what
I can see it’s not super available across North America, Europe, it might be a little
bit better, but if you’re…if, I just wanted to ask you, if you were out buying…when
you go out to buy Polymer Clay, do you prefer to buy it in person or are you okay to buy
it online? I’d love it if you left that comment below
and let me know about that. And then also, if you found this video helpful
for you, make sure to press that like button, that just gets more people seeing it and that
would be great. You can feel free to share it or post it wherever
you want to. So I hope you enjoyed that and I will see
you next time. Bye for now.

91 thoughts on “Pardo Translucent Professional Art Clay Review

  1. Great information on the Pardo clay
    as for your ? I'd just as soon buy my clay from Polymer Clay Express for a couple of reasons a) I've never rcvd any 'bad' (too dry, crumbly …) clay from them after many years of doing business there
    b) PCExpress offers a lot of the Premo colors in one pound blocks
    c) the cost to ship my order evens out when I consider how much gas it take to get to the nearest Michaels
    d) all though Michaels does offer good sales though out the year, I've wound ……

  2. (continued) …I've wound up with quite the assortment of dry crumbly clay from Michaels the latest being Premo white trans :/ — OK enough of that 🙂

    Very Happy to hear that you are going to test cure Premo and Pardo Together !!
    If it works that would be Awesome for your latest faux labradorite (sp) top layer 🙂
    Love All the work you guys do for us.

  3. I'm totally okay to buy clay online. I'm in Germany and don't speak the language very well and buy almost ALL my clay online. I also order plenty of it in America and get friends and family to bring it when they visit or pick it up when I visit them.

  4. I prefer to buy my clay in person. I like to feel the packages and make sure that I am not getting "old" clay. Plus, I usually want/need it right now rather than in a week. I have purchased clay online in the past, but the order ended up being incorrect and then I had to wait additional time to get the correct items. I just prefer taking charge of my purchase.

  5. Great comparison, so it is a bit clearer but the Primo still looks very good. I have no problem buying clay online, it's the only place I can find 1 pound blocks of the colors I use the most of like black, white, pearl and trans. Online is also the only place that I can get the discontinued colors that are still use in older color recipes.

  6. ……sooo whats going on w/ the pretty blue and green flower canes in the background? Love looking at all the stuff on your table – it's like an adventure 😀

  7. Cindy I have to buy all my clay online! No stores stock premo or pardo on kids sculpey. I was wondering if you could do a video on faux sea glass. I have heard about how great it is with the pardo clay

  8. I prefer to buy it in person first, then after i'm okay with purchasing online. Esp if the sale is good and I can get decent shipping. I'm very new to PC… my hands get extremely hot with friction. Can anyone tell me a clay i might enjoy working without having to stop for it to cool every 5 min? :-O Thanks Cindy, great vid

  9. Hi Jason! Here are some tips… Try the firmer brands like Kato Polyclay, Fimo Classic or Premo to start. Leaching some of the polymer from soft clay can make it easier to handle. Keep an icepack close by to rest the clay on. Work on marble or stone since it stays cool. And dipping your hands in ice water can also help. Go to my blog (link above in description) and search on these topics for tons of helpful posts. Good luck!

  10. It does make perfect Sea Glass Sharon. I am playing with a few of my own ideas on that, and will see what I can come up with. Thanks for your comment!

  11. Awe thanks for the tips!!! I have some Fimo and Premo on order now. Michaels and Joann's in my area seem to have a spotty selection of Premo… Anyway, can't wait to get some more coins saved up so i can get your introductory course before joining to receive your monthly vids. Your tuts are by far the best, I love that the words you use are always of importance and not wasted on babble, it makes things go much smoother when watching and crafting!

  12. Thank you for the video. Because of your previous one, I picked up Premo translucent. So much better than Kato, my current clay of choice. I order large amounts from Munros and get a beautiful discount. I only purchase clay in the stores if I am out. My twins are starting to clay, so online is more cost effective.

  13. Cindy, I buy my clay almost exclusively on line. Occasionally I will buy in Michaels or JoAnns, but I usually cannot get all the colors I want.

  14. I buy all my clay in store from either Joanne's , michaels or Hobby Lobby. This way I'm sure to get clay that isn't old and hard, I can use a coupon and I don't have to pay shipping.

  15. I will buy online or in person, whichever is cheaper for the exact pc brand and colour I need. When Michael's has a sale then it's way cheaper to get it from them. The only thing I don't like about ordering online is that I live in Canada and have to order some brands from the US, which means long shipping times, higher postage costs, and possible duty added on at the border.

  16. Great video, Cindy! As for where I like to buy clay, I appreciate the best "bang for my buck." Usually, the sales at Michaels makes the price of Premo affordable. The cost of shipping adds to the cost (and I sympathize with international customers who must also pay duty fees), so as local as possible for me! Unfortunately, they don't carry Kato clay, so I'd probably order from Munro's. Now, if Munro's would get Pardo (esp. the art translucent), that would be heavenly!

  17. the real question is like when you use beeswax in off loom bead weaving it yellows overtime. and will this stuff yellow over years.

  18. That's a good question bryancmcguire! I have no idea. That would be a great question to ask the manufacturer. I haven't heard of any issues with the clay yellowing over time (though that isn't always a bad thing), but I think the clay is relatively new to the market so maybe it hasn't been around long enough to find out. If you do ask the company, let us know what they say. Now you have me curious!

  19. Thanks for doing this. I prefer to buy in person, especially anything in color. The translucent would be ok to buy online now that you've shown just how clear it comes out. Thanks again.

  20. Hi didier4renewed, I haven't worked with Cernit, so I don't actually know. If you ask this question on my blog (link in description), someone else may be able to help you there. Thanks for commenting!

  21. How does the website poly play clay work? I was on there but i don't see any buying menu's. Its just sweepstakes, class offers, and shipping instructions :s

  22. At my local Micheal's craft store they have allot of fimo and premo so for now i love shopping in person 😀 I'm still not that comfortable shopping online but only when i'm desperate to buy something i'll use the internet shopping option.

  23. I JUST TODAY bought 4 blocks of Pardo Translucent at my local Hobby Lobby in Phoenix, AZ. All clay is currently 30% off (so only $2.09 each) so at that price I decided to experiment. Apparently Hobby Lobby is going to start introducing more colors to locations that show interest. Hint: It was hard to find and I passed it several times… its hanging on the wall above the Sculpey clays near the doll clays. They are pretty small. Have you done testing mixing this with other brands? Thank you again for your videos!

  24. You can get good deals online for polymer clay like but it's is a must to get free shipping or the savings goes out the door. I do a bit of both online and in store.

  25. I like buying in person because I can get in on sales more readily…but, who the heck doesn't love, love, love, getting a package from UPS with all the goodies you order!  I agree with Michelle (below) about the shipping costs…I was able to buy the Pardo at…but the shipping **did** hurt.  Michaels has been carrying less and less in the way of clay fun.  When I started out, there were so many new things coming on the scene.  I have purchased the Artway polymer clay extruder for a hundred bucks and haven't used it since I got it in 2011..!  The disks are crazy expensive!

  26. I prefer to buy it in person but there aren't many stockists where I live and they are more expensive so I buy it online from a company here (in Australia) that seem to have a big turnover. Haven't had any bad experiences so far.  🙂

  27. My answer depends on the physical store and the online supplier. Some stores, Hobby Lobby for instance, don't sell better quality products, Pardo in this instance, very well and end up discontinuing them. Our local Hobby Lobby, the only ones to sell Pardo locally, stopped carrying it. Much of the Pardo sat on the shelves until it was crumbly, which doesn't take all that long (less than a year). I wouldn't buy Pardo off of Amazon dot com because multiple sources have cited crumbly Pardo and I suspect the clay wasn't kept in optimal (for polymer clays) conditions. So it all depends. I'd prefer to buy it in person from a reputable store simply because of  the lack of shipping charges and possible opportunity for clay sales.

  28. I like to buy all of my clay in local stores because you can feel the consistency or softness of the clay. Plus, you can check if the clay is old or new. Also, sometimes buying it online, the colors shown are not 100% accurate. Sometimes when you buy clay online, it's sometimes crumbly or way too sticky. Shipping can dry up the clay or make the clay sticky and squishy; it all depends on the season. In conclusion, I like my clay right when I want it!

  29. I generally buy online from reputable stores due to lack of availability in my area. I make sure to pick things up on sale but often can't afford to get more than the basics (for me that is red, blue, yellow, black, white, translucent and pearl white, sometimes silver, gold and copper if I catch a good sale) which I mix to get as many different colors as possible. I do wish I could find more than Sculpey III in my area though since I like testing the softness of clays in my fingers due to my carpal tunnel making it difficult to work with harder clays. Generally I prefer to work with Cernit and I'm hoping to catch a sale this weekend on the new Souffle clay. Wish me luck!

  30. I buy everything on line as I live in a remote place in the Pyrenees mountains. I have not considered the consistency of the clay, and I buy it regularly through, although the conpany I nainly order from is Obbo which is based in Germany and at the moment (June 2014) is by far the cheapest.

  31. Hi there!  Well, I really appreacited the video, thank you for share all your experiences with us. I can´t wait trying Pardo translucent, but if it is not easy to get in North America, it is quiet impossible to get here in South America. Concerning to buy polymer clay online or in local: it depends on my time availability. I think I prefer much better online and I never have problems with the quality of the products that arrived from North America or here in Sao Paulo(Brazil). My concernings about to shop online is the payment method. Pay Pal is not easy for us here in Brazil. So I´ve ended buying from good sites that international credit card is ok. I am from Brazil and the most popular brand over here is Fimo. We also have some Sculpey and Premo more than Cernit and Kato but its is not easy to find. Here in Brazil we have a different local brand named PolyClay similar to the others polymer clay brand, but after baken it is much more flexible and hard to break. Let me know if you would like to try some PolyClay at [email protected]

  32. I always prefer to buy my clay in person but if I can't find a certain kind – like the Pardo – then I will buy it online keeping notes of how good the clay was when I got it. I have received some very hard dried out clay from ordering online but that is rare.

    – Heidi

  33. Thank you for this video. I just ordered the tutorial from The Blue Bottle Tree and am awaiting the download. They mention that Hobby Lobby carries the Pardo Translucent but not at my local store and not online. I too tried PolyClayPlay and the next shipment is due mid October. Creative Journey store says it is in always in stock so I will probably use that source. As to buying in person or online, alas, it is unusual to find all colors of Premo, Sculpey II or especially Kato at our stores. I do find that Hobby Lobby has a large selection online, Joanne's a smaller online selection. That said, it is usually more economical to order online even with shipping charges. I am new to Polymer Clay work and always looking for good tutorials, and have a huge selection of books available at our library,and have ordered many for my personal library.. Obviously I am already hooked. Again, thank you Cindy Lietz. When I get a bit further into this new pursuit I plan on joining your membership group.

  34. I have been looking for Pardo clay. Where in South Africa, Western Cape, will I be able to buy it. Please, please, even if it is available anywhere in South Africa!

  35. Just did a search for Pardo clay and WOW! is it expensive! Around $6-$10 for 2.1-2.7 oz. Too much money for me to spend on a hobby. I buy my clay in person and many of my tools and molds and stamps online. I am lucky to have Michael's and JoAnn's here, although they have tiny areas and fewer selections than they used to. We have Hobby Lobby but I never go there. I may have to get a P.O. Box so my hubby doesn't realize I took out a second mortgage to buy my supplies. ;D Only kidding.

  36. Trying to find Pardo in Australia took some time and the online place was out of stock.  Finally found a place online and they shipped almost overnight…. which was totally amazing because it came from a tiny town across the continent in Geraldton, Western Australia.  Can't wait to make something. 

  37. Well done, answered my initial questions on this clay — once I actually work with a brand of clay and get familiar with it's properties I like to buy online – the range of brands is much better – big chain stores do not know much about any polymer and their stock proves it

  38. I have learned from experience (before I found Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutuor) to not purchase clay on line in the summer months. Price wise it was a great deal, but each time I use a block from that order I think of how hot it must have been during transit in that UPS truck, etc. because it arrived practically half-baked! They say "Experience is the best teacher." but I would have saved myself a lot of conditioning work and clay softener had I first gleaned from Cindy's experience.

  39. I have bought Pardo clay at amazon. I have also purchased 1lb blocks of premo translucent and gold for pretty good prices. Although I like buying in store because it is hard to see the exact color online. And for me as a novice I find all the colors in store overwhelming.
    I would love a tutorial or product demo on Pardo professional Mica Clay, I bought platinum and Gold and some tips would be great. Thanks Cindy, love your tuts and the classes from your site 🙂

  40. Thank you for your comparison review!   I'm pretty new to polymer clays, so I found your video most helpful.  I read somewhere that if you take translucent clay pieces directly from the oven and drop them into ice water, it improves the translucency.  Have you tried that?  I also have seen pics on the internet of flat beads made from Skinner blend canes that were almost as clear as glass—I wonder if ice water bath after baking was how they got that effect…do you know?

  41. We have mostly pardo, cernit and fimo in Sweden. Fimo is the biggest brand and cernit the cheapest. Pardo costs a lot more then the others, around 6,50 euro. I usually order sculpey and premo online, since they don't sell them in stores here. Love your tuts btw. Keep up the good work:)

  42. thank you for this video and doing all the legwork for us! I can't wait to get my hands on some of this clay. I've been looking for something with super transparency to use on some fun new applications! I prefer to buy my crafting supplies in person but actually buy 90% of them online… just lazy I guess!

  43. I buy most of my art supplies online, so buying Pardo online would not be a problem for me. Thanks for doing the comparison, and thanks for all of your videos.

  44. Online absolutely!  I just don't schlep any more.  I find the online experience much more satisfying.  And with wonderful reviews like yours, I feel prepared.  

  45. I would prefer to buy it in person however I looked at a lot of clays an the pardo seems like the best for me so it worth buying it online but if they can get it in store that would be perfect. The website said that it can be damaged during shipping due to weather an I would rather elimate the risk of it being damaged an get it at a store

  46. Hi!
    I was wondering why you used Premo translucent white instead of just Premo translucent?
    Also can you show how to do a translucent overlay like you mentioned? Sounds fascinating!
    Thanks for all your help!

  47. i would muuuuch rather buy in person. i'm super picky on color and i'm an instant gratification kinda person. in the case of this though online is fine.

    i actually had a question about the clarity. would you be able to see thing fine through it from a distance? i need some glasses for a costume that are kinda an odd shape and color, and i'd rather not go for acrylic that's i've never used before.

  48. Hi Cindy,I actually buy my clays both online and in stores. However, I never buy polymer clay online during the summer months because chances are my order will spend some time in a hot vehicle during its journey to my home and may arrive to me already cured. Some online companies even say that they will not accept returns of these items during those months. They even have warnings on the site stating so.
    I actually had this happen to me. I had ordered some liquid Fimo in early May thinking that it should still be cool enough to arrive at my home uncured. Unfortunately there was a heat wave during the time my item was being delivered and my liquid Fimo arrive in solid form.
    Polymer clay is not the only product that you can have problems with buying online during the summer months. Any kind of products that contain chemicals that react with heat can expand and the container they are in may rupture during shipping, thus spilling all over the inside of your package. So if possible it's best to purchase these products locally during the hot months. I hope this helps. Take care, Dee😊

  49. Cindy, I tried Pardo clay as a I wanted to see if it would make a difference in my opal tutorials, and I was very pleased with the translucency of it. However when I was buffing my opals a few chips came off, just with the buffer. It was a thin layer I used a number 9 on my pasta machine, but I have never had polymer clay break like that. I only baked it for the specified time (30 min.) at 148f, I should have baked it longer I guess. But I was just experimenting with it, the opals that I created with Pardo are my best yet! If you have a chance please take a look at this short video. Thank you Cindy the next opals will definitely stay in the oven for a full 60 minutes!

  50. Cindy, BTW, I did use the Pardo with Premo Sculpey, and they seem to be compatible, even at the lower temperature.  I do most of my clay purchases online, I find better deals online, besides I don't drive. OK Cindy have a great night and thanks again for you time and expertise.

  51. I'm a country girl and buy most everything online even groceries because it's a hour drive one way into a town large enough to have big stores, but I still find it cheaper online and usually with free shipping.

  52. I just ordered Translucent Pardo from Walmart on line, Sold by Stuff4Crafts. I am using it for sculpting water effects and smoke. Also, if I had the chance I would rather buy polymer clays at a store in person. I just got some Super Sculpey from Walmart [free pickup at my local store, but it had been shipped] Either it was past its shelf life somewhat or got heated in the truck or dock during shipping. I live in a small rural town in Indiana, and there are zero art stores or model shops here.
    I used to live in LA where everything in the world is available within a few minutes drive.
    While I am on a yap here, I wanted to note that I made some miniature plants for a Universal Tours maquette layout with LED bulbs inside. I boiled the clay hard rather than put it in the oven…thinking I would likely melt the rubber off the wires and perhaps burst the LED bulb at the standard oven heat. The boil hardening works great for smaller pieces, and the LEDs lit up perfectly.
    I made some light-up earrings for my wife at that time. The wiring and batteries ran to a shirt pocket, she also stuffed it in her bra once when wearing a gown out to a party.

  53. I just ordered 28 colors of Pardo from Poly clay Play. Love the trans but the jewel tones are beautiful also. The mica is to die for and the more you buy the cheaper it becomes. Very happy girl.

  54. Thank your this terrific video, and for all your vids!! I live in a vary rural area, so I actually buy all of my clay and claying items online. So, I buy clay via Etsy shops, Amazon, Poly Clay Play, etc.

  55. I trust Poly Clay Play online purchasing. The owner is a great person, professional and determined to please. Delivery is amazingly fast. Her clay products are fresh and she sends them in thermal padded envelopes to keep them that way. I also love the way she organizes the clay choices online so they are easy to pick out the ones you want… I find at the store, I end up standing in the clay section forever, looking back and forth and not being able to choose anything and I get physically exhausted and give up without buying any. I guess I get overwhelmed by the variety but alot of them are brands I really don't even want to try. I just find I don't get so distracted or exhausted viewing it all online. As long as the site organizes them well. At the moment Pardo Clay, is 15% off on her site, and I find she has the most reasonable prices even without the sale. Coupon code PardoTrans.
    Happy Claying Peeps!

  56. can I make folds with it? I am making a human sculpture wearing a dress… is it possible to sculpt it into a skirt???

  57. I buy all my clay online in the cooler months. I stock up in the spring and let that carry me through the summer. How easy is Pardo to condition?Are there any tricks or tips you could share?

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