A Big Thanks to Carrie for Sharing These Wonderful Custom Colors:
In my opinion, Sculpey III is actually not the best polymer clay for beginners to start out with. The soft and sticky nature of this product can make it more difficult to control, especially with anything sculptural. Plus it can get brittle in the oven during the baking process.
That being said, if you understand it’s strengths and weaknesses, Scupley III can be a great product for specific types of projects. For example, Lisa Clarke who is a well respected artist in the polymer clay community, says “…it’s the only thing I will cane with!”
Now as most of you probably know, I publish weekly color recipe cards. Most all of them to date have been based on the Premo Sculpey product. However, some requests for Sculpey III recipes have been coming in lately, like this one from Jaime…
I’m a jeweltones girl myself. That’s why I love the sculpey III and the Premo so much. I find that mixtures of the two provide a good strong clay if that’s needed. And I cant find the colors they have from any of the other clay brands. I don’t mind working a bit harder to condition my clays because the results I get are so good. Besides, my Black and Decker handy chopper and a little diluent takes care of any stubborn tough clays. Any chance of a couple Sculpey III recipes Cindy? Hee hee hee. XOXO ~Jamie
As luck would have it, just 2 days before Jaime posted her request, another valued member asked if she could share her Sculpey III recipes with everyone. How serendipitous!
Cindy, I recently sat down and played around with color mixing. I use Sculpey III most of the time (I know, this is a no no in your opinion) as I have cold hands for the most part and have a hard time working with anything else. After reading through some blog posts, I found that several visitors of the site use it as well. I came up with some really great color recipes and would like to know if you would be interested in posting some on your site. I would be more than happy to share them, sometimes I have more fun mixing colors than I do bead making! ~Carrie
So without further adieu, here is Carrie’s first batch of Sculpey III color recipes. They are listed in order as they appear (starting top row, left to right) in the above photo.
- Spring Grass: 1 part Yellow, 1 part String Bean
- Spring Green: 1 part Sunshine, 1 part Lime
- Cancun Sea: 1 part Turquoise, 1 part Pale Pistachio ( I have been to Cancun twice and as I was naming this color, the ocean there immediately popped in to my head!)
- Grape: 1 part Dusty Rose, 1 part Purple
- Strawberry: 1 part Just Orange, 1 part Sunshine, 1 part red
- Country Blue: 1 part Stonewash, 1 part Pale Pistachio
- Lipstick: 1 part red, 1 part Ballerina
- Flamingo Pink: 1 part white, 1 part Violet, 2 parts Hot Pink
- Plum: 1 part Purple, 2 parts Sunset
- Seafoam: 1 part White, 1 part Turquoise, 1 part Emerald, 1 part Sunshine
- Sunkiss: 1 part Yellow, 1 part Sunshine
Here is a blank recipe card you can use to write the recipes onto if you like. To download, right click on the blank card image and choose the “Save Image As…” or “Save Picture As…” option.
You can then layout multiple copies of the recipe card image (451 pixels x 305 pixels) onto a sheet of thick stock paper for printing. Manually cut out the file card shapes with scissors. Hand write the recipes onto the cards and then mix up Carrie’s Sculpey III colors. Run some samples through the thinnest setting on your pasta machine. Cut a 5/8″ or 15mm circular chip for each color. Bake, and finally glue the circle color samples onto the cards.
The blank recipe card above is identical to the ones I use for the pre-printed Premo color recipes that get emailed out on Friday’s to everyone subscribed to my weekly polymer clay newsletter.
In the comments section below, please do let Carrie know if her recipes are appreciated. Perhaps we should call her the Sculpey III Chef or something like that. She said she has lots more recipes to share, if there is enough interest.
Carrie, I for one think you are one fantastic lady! Thanks so much for your generosity!
BTW: If anyone else would like to share other recipes (any brand, even the lesser known ones), just let me know. I’d be happy to post them here at the blog and figure out a fun title for you too :)