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e. Mixing Colours

Colours can be used directly as they come from the packages, however the only colours I ever use like that are white and black. I believe that mixing the colours is so much fun and the shades you obtain are much more interesting and subtle than those in the packages.

It is helpful to obtain a colour-wheel to assist with learning to mix colours, and then to create yourself a palette of colours of the rainbow by mixing together three primary colours (red, blue & yellow).  It doesn't matter which brand or shade of these primaries you use - can be a Gold instead of Yellow, can be a Deep Red for the Red, or a Turquoise for the Blue.  The primaries you choose will determine how the colours will mix together.  Keep small baked samples of colours you create and like - write the recipe on the sample and keep in a tin or make a hole in it and thread onto a cord to keep for reference.  Add some metallic clay to your regular colours to create a sparkly effect!

Tip:  When mixing colours I always add some white or pearl to most colours (approx. 1/8).  This helps to counteract the tendency for colours to darken when baked, and keeps the finished clay piece vibrant.  Silver or a Translucent can also be added for this purpose.  No need to add it to very opaque colours such as black or champagne (beige) however.

Skinner Blend:

This is a wonderful and indispensible technique developed by Judith Skinner which enables you to make a shaded sheet of clay using the pasta machine which creates graduated colours from light to dark or the colours of the rainbow.  Also great using Premo or Fimo metallic clays!  For a lesson on this technique click here: http://www.sculpey.com/sculpey401b.htm

Some great colour mixtures:

  • Gold & Silver Sculpey or Premo Metallics mixed in equal parts
  • Great metallic green colours can be made by mixing any green with some metallic gold (Premo or Sculpey III)
  • Black & Pearl make a nice Anthracite Colour.
  • Add some fluorescent colour to the base colour to increase the brightness, (ie. add Fluoro Pink to Purple, Fluoro Yellow to Green, Fluoro Red or Pink to Red)
  • Silver Premo or Sculpey with a tiny piece of Violet added for a beautiful silver mauve
  • Fimo Classic Lt. Turquoise mixed with Yellow for a great Chartreuse
  • Skin Tones - you can use Flesh, or use other colours such as Beige, Ivory, Champagne and mix in some tan or pink colouring to create subtle skin tones.
  • Mix some Violet or Fuschia Premo into Purple Fimo Classic or Premo for a vibrant purple.


        A beautiful Rainbow Skinner Blend Sheet

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