Contrast in Polymer Clay Color Blends

Here is my latest contribution to color blend experiments.

Sometimes you will need a blend with a lot of contrast. Sometimes you will want a very small change in color. For the most contrast in a color blend, use even amounts of each color. The line across with be at a 45 degree angle from the sides.

The dark in this blend was made with Premo colors. 1 part alizarin and 1 part ultramarine blue. contrast blend1

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To make a dark blend with less contrast use less white. The angle of the line between the colors determines the contrast. If the line were straight across, there would be no contrast. It would just be a solid-color mix. Now the line is slightly more horizontal and therefor there will be less contrast.

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To make a lighter blend with less contrast, use the same angle but use more white.

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Boho Festival Jewelry in Polymer Clay

Unfortunately I’m fairly clueless when it comes to making my own jewelry. However, I love to upcycle thrift shop finds by embellishing them with polymer clay. (See these dangly earrings from a previous post.)

Remember, some plastics will react in strange ways with the clay, or melt in the oven. Unless you know what you’re doing it’s best to stick with metals, wood or glass.

These projects feature Confetti Canes from this month’s issue of Cane Builder!

Boho bangles

Boho festival jewelryConfetti cane display

Polymer clay boho bangles

Thrift shop pin

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Polymer Clay Zendoodle Snail

Cane covered animals can be so beautiful! The trick is to find ways to cover the curves and contours.  In the past I’ve written up free tutorials for a fish, lizard, or seahorse.

This snail is made with canes from this month’s issue of  Cane Builder.

zendoodle snail

Step 1: Make a roll with scrap clay.


Step 2: Flatten one end so that the shape is tapered and also gets wider at the same time. When the snail shell is rolled up, it looks better if the center is farther out. So the center is smaller but wider.


Step 3: Wrap ribbons of cane slices around this shape. Ideally the patterns will get smaller and smaller as the shape tapers down.


I capped the very end with black. Next time I would continue with smaller and smaller patterns.


Step 4: Smooth out the seams and work the slices into the scrap clay.  Roll up the snail shell very slowly and carefully. If you go too fast the pattern will stretch and break.

Polymer clay zentangle snailRainbow zentangle snail

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Polymer Clay Murrini Cane Miniatures

Here are a few things you can make with round polymer clay millefiori cane slices!

Form the cane slice over different size marbles for miniature bowls. Bake the clay around the marble and then pop it off after it has cooled off.

These are all from the April 2016 issue of Cane Builder, but you could use any round cane.

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jewel cane beetles

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Polymer Clay Berry Color Skinner Blends

These blends aren’t aren’t as involved as most of the blends on my color blend pinboard.

Just the mixed Premo color and white.

These are all mixes of cadmium red and ultramarine blue. Red and blue are supposed to make purple right?  And isn’t there already a purple premo clay color?  Yes and yes. I specifically chose these two colors because the red has a lot of orange in it. This makes a neutralized purple.  That means it’s a muddy, or less intense purple. Or if you add more red, it’s like a brick red. I don’t always like ALL my colors to be super bright.

If you DO want to see some bright color recipes, check out this month’s canes!

Berry blend Colors

Polymer clay berry color blends

This one is 4 parts cadmium red : 1 part ultramarine

Raspberry Skinner blend

This one is half and half

Plum Skinner blend

This one is 4 parts ultramarine : 1 part cadmium red

Grape Skinner blend


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Rose and Yellow Skinner Blend Recipes

Here are two more blend recipes for the pinboard!

Yellow blend. Premo colors 3 parts raw sienna and 1part orange / yellow/white

Here is the printable recipe pattern.yellow and rose

Polymer clay yellow blend recipeYellow Skinner Blend

Rose blend 1 part red and 1 part purple / fuchsia / white

polymer clay rose blend recipePolymer clay Rose Skinner blend

Rose and Yellow blend

I used these two and the turquoise blend for this cane from the Quilt Kaleidoscope Tutorial.

rose blend cane

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Polymer Clay Turquoise Blend Recipe

This afternoon I’ve been experimenting with more color blends to add to my pin board of color recipes.  I’ve been trying to find good turquoise or aqua color blends.

This one is 5 parts ultramarine and 1 part green/ the middle is 5 parts turquoise to 1 part green/ sunshine.  I think the sunshine made it too green to be a good Turquoise so I just call it Cool Green.  Next time I’ll try just the two greenish colors in a straight Skinner blend. Here is the printable template for both blends. aqua blend

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This next one is a beautiful aqua blend!

The upper left corner is 5 parts ultramarine to 1 part green. The middle is turquoise and the lower corner is white.

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Since I wanted to modify the cool green blend a little, I just ran it through the pasta machine with the aqua blend to make a mixed blend!

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I had fun modifying blends. Instead of starting over with a blend, sometimes you can make what you want by mixing in a new color. This was a dark turquoise made from the 5:1 ratio in the top blends blended with white. I wanted it to look a little more green so I mixed in a small strip of sunshine. Doing this also gives it less of a dark to light contrast. If I wanted to maintain the strong contrast I would have had to modify it with another dark to light blend. However, sometimes you definitely want to even it out a bit and this is a good way to do it.

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Polymer clay millefiori canework is a unique and amazing art form. There are a few special properties that make it unlike any other medium. The patterns stay in tact no matter how small you reduce them. You can make multiple sizes of the same pattern. This allows you to multiply, fold, and further reduce your designs.

One special property of this medium is the ease with which it can be squished and bent into beautiful curves and swirls. Complex patterns can be designed with simple impressions made in the clay. Of course there are many tools that can manipulate the clay, but I’ve always been looking for just the right sizes. Besides, since polymer clay has a strange reaction to many materials, it’s important that tools be made with something safe like these acrylic rollers be Teresa Pandora Salgado. I was very excited to my my own set. I sat down to write a review, but this great article says it all. It has a free video tutorial and information about ordering.

For my part, I was excited to use these with one of my favorite tutorials. Those of you who are subscribers should already have this bonus tutorial, and you can just imagine how useful these Canbenders will be!

Cane Bender cane slices

Canebenders marbled ink

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Polymer Clay Envelope Embellishment

Imagine the cards, envelopes and scrapbook pages you could make with polymer clay cane slices!  I baked this little frame and glued it onto an envelope with standard white craft glue.

canework envelope

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Polymer Clay Four Corner Color Blend

I’m so excited! I’ve been wanting to find a way to make a blend that goes off in all directions for a long time now. I’ve been pinning all my color blend experiments to my Color Blend pinboard, but you can also find them by scrolling through this blg. This is also just a great way to modify blends or to test multiple mixes at once.

Many of you already know how to make Skinner blends.  Here is my video of a basic Skinner blend. A blend can be modified by adding another sheet and running them both through the pasta machine over and over in the exact same way the original blend was mixed.

These post are made possible by my wonderful subscribers. For the latest innovations and color schemes, please check out my Cane Builder publication.

For this four corner blend, I use 2oz each of premo brand fuchsia, cadmium yellow, white, and burnt umber.

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My blends ended up about 9″ long. I cut the blend from small to big starting with 1/4″ and making each piece a quarter inch longer than the previous pieces. I matched up big and small from each blend until each section was 2″ tall.

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A different, faster version of this cane be found here.

rainbow light swirl

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