Create a Polymer Clay Skinner Blend 

In this article I would like to show you how to create a three part basic polymer clay skinner blend.  I use skinner blends to create my jewelry and I also use them in complex canes.  A skinner blend can be made up of as many colors as you would like and can reasonably fit into your pasta machine.  

Let’s get started!

Preparing the clay

Choose your colors.  In this tutorial the colors I’ll be using are Sculpey III Pearl, Sculpey III Chocolate, and Sculpey Premo Copper.  I’ll be using 1/4 of a 2 oz. bar of each color.  

I cut each color into three parts and put it through the pasta machine on the thickest setting.

It isn’t necessary to condition it for too long because it will get conditioned as you go through the process of blending the colors as you create the skinner blend.  (conditioning clay is the process of working the clay by kneading it to prepare it for use)

Trimming

Now, trim each color into a square.  Don’t throw the excess away as the scraps can be used for a future project.

Slice each color slab from corner to corner and lay each side on top of the other.  Put them together in the shape of a rectangle.  In this example the skinner blend will go from dark to light.  You could also put the pearl in the middle to create a different end result.

Cut the tips off of each corner to create the rectangle.

Rolling

Put the clay into the pasta machine and roll it through on the thickest setting. 

Now it’s time to fold the clay.  Be sure to fold the clay so the colors touch themselves like in the pictures below.  Folding it in the opposite direction will not create a skinner blend.  Place the clay into the pasta machine with the fold side first.  Doing this will help prevent air bubble from forming in the clay as it rolls through the pasta machine. 

Continue the process of folding the clay and running it through the machine until you have your desired blend.  The more you put it through the pasta machine, the smoother the blend will be.  This polymer clay skinner blend is sort of “chunky”.

This skinner blend has gone through the pasta machine longer so it has a smoother more blended appearance.

In Conclusion

In this tutorial I have shown you how to create a polymer clay skinner blend.  If you have ever worked with polymer clay I would love to hear about your experience.  Please leave a comment below and follow me on Instagram to see some of my latest designs.

 

8 thoughts on “How to make a Polymer Clay Three Part Skinner Blend”

  1. Wow, I have always wondered how to do this without continuously rolling out, what I call worms or strings, blending them together, and then flattening in hopes they look cool. I never thought about using a machine to do this. Thanks for the GREAT tip!!

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  2. Wow…your lucid explanation with pictures makes it really easy to make polymer clay skinner blends. All pasta machines stretch the clay as it comes through…so how do I take care to line up the edges if I am doing a striped blend ?

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    • All you need to do to line up the edges is fold the clay over so the colors meet themselves.
      Thank you so much for visiting my site. If you have any other questions don’t hesitate to ask.

      Take care,
      Teresa

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  3. This is a fascinating article, Teresa! I’ll be the first to admit that I have never heard of a polymer skinner blend until now, but the process seems fascinating. Given that I love jewelry (both manufactured and homemade), I would love to be able to do this to make homemade jewelry for my family and friends (there are so many birthdays and anniversaries coming up. Haha). I have bookmarked your page and will definitely share it with my family and friends. God bless you!

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    • That is wonderful! I never thought I would be making jewelry either. It’s all a whirlwind. But honestly, it’s not difficult to do.
      And it really is so much fun to come up with the end results. They certainly do make good gifts and great secret santa gifts for
      stocking stuffers. Thank you for visiting my site!
      Take care,
      Teresa

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  4. Teresa,

    I am so glad I stumbled on your site! Lovely!
    My older daughter is into making jewelry of all types. This is such a cool tip about using the pasta machine. It makes it easy peasy….

    By the way, your jewelry are amazing. I am forwarding my daughter a link to your website.

    As an aside, do you have any thoughts of creating videos of having small training classes on your site? Just a thought…..

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    • Hello and thank you so much for visiting my site. I’m glad I was able to introduce you to something new.
      I absolutely love making the jewelry. I am currently preparing to make training videos. I am trying
      to educate myself on the video editing aspect of it. I love learning about it but it takes a lot of time away from
      doing what I really love, playing with clay. But soon I will have some up.
      Thank you again,
      Teresa

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