How To Make Long Skinner Blends or Teardrop Blends

Longer Skinner Blend PlugVideo #464: A viewer asks how to change her wide Skinner Blend sheet into a long narrow strip.

Topics Covered In This Video:

  • Problem with missing instructions.
  • Converting a wide skinner blend or teardrop blend sheet, into a long strip.
  • Viewer request for more info.
  • Warming up the clay.
  • Rolling up the clay.
  • No air bubbles.
  • Using a clay brayer to flatten your clay.
  • Using several different settings on your pasta machine.
  • Smooth color transitions.
  • Playing card thickness measurement.
  • Rainbow bullseye blend strip.
  • Skinner blend plug.
  • Extra related videos resources…
  • Polymer Clay Skinner Blend Instructions
  • Lietz Teardrop Blend Color Gradients Made Easy.

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  1. Cynthia Ryan, 16 December, 2013

    Hi Cindy, I have a suggestion for a video. I have been trying to make small polymer clay miniature flowers, about a half of an inch size. I am having problems with the type of miniature flowers that you add a lot of teardrop shape petals to form the miniature flower, like a rose. I understand the theory of how to do it, but whenever I do it, by the time I have added about 9 petals,
    I have squashed together the inner petals & they have lost all their texture, shape & are just stuck together & ugly. Maybe it just takes practise, but I have made about 6 & they all have squashed together inner petals. Maybe you could give us some tips to help prevent this from happening. I don’t have a problem with the more open shape flowers. Thanks, Cynthia

  2. Dixie Ann, 17 December, 2013

    Thanks Cindy for the affirmation on making this long blend. I still have to look it up once in awhile to be sure I’m doing it right. Too many irons in the fire and too many brain neuro’s going off at the same time! lol

  3. Cindy Lietz, 18 December, 2013

    Thanks for the comment Dixie Ann! Nice to see that someone is around… everyone must be shopping for Christmas! LOL

  4. Dixie Ann, 18 December, 2013

    LOL, Cindy, you made my Christmas, fevourish working on viking knit, went through 15 yds of wire already, still growing!

  5. Kelli Nelson, 20 December, 2013

    LOL Dixie Ann I have gone thru about that same amount of WIRE!!!! I never thought I would enjoy doing Viking Knit BUT I very much do enjoy it, THANK YOU CIndy for the GREAT TUTE!!!!

  6. Hermine R, 18 December, 2013

    I just fold it on the opposite side in 2 or 3 then the one used to make the blend. So that could be another alternative. Yours is a great idea too.

  7. Betty B, 18 December, 2013

    Hi! *waving to Cindy and Dixie Ann* I’m here! Yes, very busy with shopping among other things, as the weather is questionable going into next week, but had to stop in to check something on the viking knit. While I was here, I decided to take a few minutes to watch this one, too, which was great, as always! I’m loving the viking knit. I haven’t had time to do much with it yet as I just got my Lazee Daizee tools a couple of days ago, but I can see it fast becoming a favorite! Thanks for introducing us to such a cool technique, Cindy!

  8. Cindy Lietz, 18 December, 2013

    Hi Betty! *waving back to you!* Happy to hear from you. Hope the weather isn’t too frightful and your fire is delightful… (recognize the theme here?) Have a happy holiday, wire knitting away by the fire. Don’t forget to keep claying though… after all that it your one true love. :)

    (Oh btw where did you end up buying your Lazee Daizee? I hear they sold out at Rings and Things. Maybe you got one of the ones they had left?)

  9. Kelli Nelson, 20 December, 2013

    The Lazee Daizee is back in stock I believe~ Unless they just got the Draw Plate back in stock!!!! I had to buy mine at Amazon.

  10. Sharon B, 20 December, 2013


    I am getting back to polymer clay, and am making beads. I make paper beads, and want to expand into clay.

    I am glad to find your information
    My main problem is too soft clay. I have ordered premo

  11. Kelli Nelson, 20 December, 2013

    Hi Cindy~
    I haven’t really had the chance to comment or do much as far as polymer clay for awhile since my husband and I bought a new house!!! Exciting AND Stressful at the same time!!! Which leads me to my request/question for a Tip Video……

    In setting up my new studio area, I have had a terrible time organizing everything in an effieceint way!!! I am very much a TYPE A personality and need things neat and TIDY!!!! I bought all new bead containers and have most of them organized by type and color, my problem is I would like to be able to SEE what I have instead of having to get out every rubbermaid tote or bead tray or looking thru every shelf for what I need or want!!!!!

    I have a workbench for “metal work” a table with my kiln and lampwork torches, an area for polymer clay play, BUT all the “‘accessories” for each medium seem to get put in totes or stuck under,behind or on top of what I have worked on last.. LOL!!! I laugh about this~ BUT it has really constricted my creative flow!! JUST HOW IS IT YOU KEEP ALL THESE THINGS FROM GETTING LOST AMONGST EACH OTHER???!!!!!

    My hope is that you will do ANOTHER studio tour?!?! Maybe some new tips on storage or how you manage to keep your tools and other larger items stored!!!!

    HONESTLY I think I have bought MOST of the tools/products needed to complete every project you have done a tutorial on for two years~ Well, maybe not every one, but pretty closeto it. You make these projects look so EASY, and the fact that if I need to stop and go some where~when I return to my work table~ I can just hit play, and you are waiting to continue my personal lesson, as if you were sitting right next to me.

    The only thing missing is How to keep all the tools, gadgets and supplies organized so they are not hidden away, not being used~ or forgotten about!!!!

    I hope you will consider doing “Studio Tour Part 2” maybe a bit more behind the scenes than the first one! Thank You for ALL the GREAT INFO, TIPS AND TRICKS and TESTS YOU SPEND SO MUCH TIME ON, TO BRING US THE MOST UP TO DATE, CORRECT INFO ABOUT POLYMER CLAY and MIXED MEDIA CREATING!!!!!

    Happy Holidays to Your Family,
    Thanks Again~
    Kelli Nelson

  12. Cindy Lietz, 22 December, 2013

    Hi Kelly, nice to hear from you! Wow, that is so awesome about you buying a new house! Congratulations! I agree that moving is exciting and stressful at the same time. Especially if it is happening at this time of the year.

    I have been getting several studio tour requests, so yes I will be doing so of them in the new year. I have some reorganizing to do, but there is a lot that has been done and definitely could be shared with everyone, so stay tuned for that!

    Have a wonderful holiday with your family! Thanks for popping by and saying hi!

  13. Luann K, 31 January, 2014

    Hi Cindy,

    I just watched your video on taking a Skinner Blend and making it narrow into a Skinner blend Rainbow cane. My question is how do I make the Skinner Blend narrow across the full length of each individual color? I’m trying to do a zipper cane using a Skinner blend and the way the video shows is opposite of what I want to do. Example: If the original blend is 6 inches wide, how do I narrow that down so that when inserting it back into the pasta machine the colors lengthen in the same direction as the original Skinner blend does when coming out of the pasta machine?

    I’m not sure if I worded that correctly. Hopefully you know what I’m trying to say.



  14. Cindy Lietz, 02 February, 2014

    Hi Luann, I think I know what you mean… this video should help:
    Is Your Skinner Blend or Teardrop Blend Too Wide?

  15. Layte A, 16 June, 2014

    Cindy, I have haven’t worked with Polymer in years (‘did publish a book during that time tho)…
    AND I cannot tell you how poorly done so many of the “instructional” videos for polymer are.
    They have no business even putting them on YouTube.

    Finding yours is a JOY FOR ME! I watched two this evening and will watch all eventually.
    I have forgotten most of the methods and you are PREPARED, PRECISE and right down to

    I’m sure I’ll have an idea or two for another video when I get underway again.


    Sincerely, Layte (pronounced late)

  16. Cindy Lietz, 21 June, 2014

    Hi Layte, (Great name btw! Reminds me of an old saying my Dad used to say. “You can call me anything but late for dinner.” :) )

    Thank you for your enthusiastic comment! Both Doug and I appreciate your support. I hope you enjoy your journey here. There is so much we can learn from each other.

    Looking forward to hearing your ideas!

  17. Rosie M, 02 August, 2016

    Hi Cindy & Doug

    Just a little question, earlier today I was preparing some clay to make into a plug when I passed it through the pasta machine, it was very very long and it folded up as it came out of the rollers and stuck together. I was going to fold the clay neatly but had to squish it together in stead (half fold and half rolled). Is there anyway to stop it sticking together or should I make a smaller plug?

  18. Cindy Lietz, 04 August, 2016

    Hi Rosie, sorry for the slow response getting back to you. As you know we are very busy here and it can take awhile to get back to people.

    In regards to the long strips… I know they can be very unruly. There is no reason why you can’t cut it into shorter lengths and then roll them. Just make sure you have them in the right order when you are folding them into the plug. the fact that they were cut, won’t make any difference when you reduce the plug.

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