Color Swatch Binder For Baked Polymer Clay Chips

Color Swatch Book - Polymer Clay TutorVideo #721: Plus a sneak peak of the new, printable PcT color recipe sheets and color recipe cards… coming soon to a binder near you!

In today’s video I am going to show you how to set up a polymer clay color swatch book.

Many creative industries have color swatch books of all the colors they have in their line, so that you can see how the color or texture of the material look in different situations and lighting conditions. You have probably seen swatch books of fabric, paints, wallpaper, counter tops, glitters, that kind of thing. Well you can do the same thing with polymer clay.

Now in some past videos I have shown you the difference between samples of raw polymer clay next to baked polymer clay, and the way the colors can shift or look quite different when baked. This kind of information can be quite useful when planning polymer clay projects, or making up new color palettes.

What is also useful, is to make up baked polymer clay swatches of the different brands of polymer clay… your different color recipes… and different finishes (ie. Pearl Ex Powders on light vs dark backgrounds).

I decided to put together a swatch book of the different color chips that I have baked so far. It is a big project, so my book is still a work in progress. But so far, I have a complete set of Premo Sculpey and Sculpey Souffle color chips… and the beginnings of Fimo Professional True Colors, PV Clay, Pearlex Powdered Pigments and Perfect Pearls color samples in my swatch book.

The system I am using is actually an adaptation of Jennifer McGuire’s Ink Swatch System. She has color swatch printable sheets for the different brands and colors of inks that are on the market. I am using the editable version that Jennifer has made available as a free download (see link just below the video on this page). But instead of doing ink colors, I typed in color names and brands of the different polymer clay’s I work with.

I display my chips in 2″ x 2″ pocket pages. The pages themselves are 6″ x 8″ binder size, which fit nicely into my A5 planner. But there are several pocket page options and configurations in the market, including the larger 8 1/2″ x 11″ three ring binder style, also known as Coin Pocket Pages (see links below video).

Besides the swatch book shown in this video, I also show a sneak peek of the new version of color recipe sheets and color recipe cards that we are working on. So stay tuned for that!

Although it can take some time to put together a polymer clay color swatch book like this, I think it is not only a helpful tool to have in your polymer clay studio, but it is also a great kickstarter project to get you inspired to working with your polymer clay, should you be feeling stuck and need a new spark of inspiration.

So I do hope that this idea gets those creative juices flowing and gets you a little more organized for your future polymer clay projects!

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  1. Hermine R, 22 February, 2016

    Great information! Thank you for all the research you do so WE can save time.

  2. Katy Alexis, 23 February, 2016

    All this organization makes me drool a little! I love it! Maybe I should go save those color recipes even if I can’t make most of them right now… Actually might be a good thing to do while the little one and I are sick in bed… Again… Grr… Gosh I love this!

  3. Kim Gates, 07 September, 2022

    I have tried and tried to download Jennifer’s Editable swatch chart and I cannot seem to get to the part where I can edit! Can you help me? I have researched this and no one else seems to be having this problem. I am sure I am doing something wrong but I just can’t edit it. I am so excited to do the Fimo Professional Mixes and I bought everything to set up my book just like you did! It is a fantastic organizational method!
    Thank you!

  4. Cindy Lietz, 09 September, 2022

    Hi Kimberly, sorry it took me a bit to find the link… it isn’t on the updated list anymore.

    Here is the download link for a PDF file which is editable in Photoshop.

    And here is the link to the page where you can download the Word version if you don’t have Photoshop (Scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the link).

  5. Kim Gates, 09 September, 2022

    HI Cindy,

    Thank you so much for the reply. I am still having trouble. I meant to say that I can get it into my word doc but it will not let me edit it. So frustrating since my 2X2 coin sheets arrived today and I cannot wait to get started:)
    I will keep trying but to no avail.

  6. Cindy Lietz, 09 September, 2022

    After you download the the WORD doc, if it is not editable for you…

    Go to File > Info.
    Select Protect document.
    Select Enable Editing.

  7. Kim Gates, 09 September, 2022


    I got it!!

    Thank you so much for taking the time to get back to me! I am so excited to organize my clays!!

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