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How to Use the Skinner Blend Technique for Mixing Polymer Clay Colors

It's been 20 years since polymer clay artist, Judith Skinner, created her way of blending polymer clay colors and lent her name to the technique. So we should celebrate this milestone!  It is such an important innovation used by polymer clay artists everywhere to get graduated blends.

There are a number of skinner blend tutorials out there.  But I liked Cindy Lietz's  (a.k.a the Polymer Clay Tutor) tutorial because she also shows how graduated blends used to be done. Judith's method -is far easier!

If you'd like to see schematic diagrams of what to do when blending, do hop over to Desired Creations' excellent page on basic Skinner blends. She explains the aligned and offset methods very well through her diagrams. Desiree also covers multiple color skinner blends here.

Cindy has gone on to develop her Lietz Teardrop Blend technique which makes several multi colored (rainbow) blends much easier to do. Cutting up those triangles and fitting them is no longer necessary!  I particularly like the rolling up tip!

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  1. The blending of polymer colours in this manner really creates a thing of beauty that can be used in absolutely everything.

    There's nothing quite as lovely as the graduation of colours from one to another. It has such a soft look to it when it's done. It's particularly effective in flower petals or something that has a shape to it.

    I could go on and on but instead I'm sitting here amazed that it was 20 years ago that Judith discovered this. Wow!

  2. How lovely to see our videos posted here Pearl! Thanks for the compliments and the share. I hope that this Teardrop method makes blends easier for everyone! :)

  3. Thank you for the tip. Much easier this way


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