I was playing around with 2 part resin clay (Apoxie Sculpt). I remember how great it was at holding crystals in and colour, like with this dragon compact I made a few years ago, embedding a charm and small crystals in it. But I wondered it would be as good when only a portion of something is embedded in it, like the one edge of the sequins to make scales.
I made a simple gold fish shape, and made a couple of indentations for the eyes and for the nose. I wanted it to sit flat, so molded it flat on he bottom. I shaped the fins and tail, and the clay glued easily to itself. My clay is old, but with lots of kneading, it was beautifully malleable. The open working time may be decreased though.
While pretty fresh, I brushed on mica powders and blended them with a find brush directly on the clay. It does stick beautifully to the clay. Then I started layering the sequins. Finally I added the crystal eyes and used a ball tool to add some texture.
After patiently not touching it for a day (after not so patiently poking and prodding at it repeatedly - don't do that btw!!!), I checked and the sequins were quite firmly embedded in - I love this stuff!
I love how beautifully it takes the mica powder as well - you don't need a lot, and you do have to realize that it is not like paint, because once you lay a colour down, unless there is some clay showing, you can't colour over with a different powder, so plan your colours well. I am happy how the colours turned out.