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)
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.
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 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.