Making Small Test Blends With Your Polymer Clay Colors

Polymer Clay Test Color BlendsVideo #500: Really getting to know your polymer colors so that you can see how some shades can bully the other ones.

Topics Covered In This Video:

  • How to make small test color blends with polymer clay.
  • Using the Teardrop Method for making mini skinner blends so you don’t have to use up too much of your clay.
  • Making small test blends will let you see how a color will behave when mixed with another one.
  • Most reds are dominant which means they will bully weaker colors.
  • Test Blend #1: Premo Cadmium Yellow & Alizarin Crimson.
  • Test Blend #2: Premo Zinc Yellow & Alizarin Crimson.
  • Test Blend #3: Premo Sunshine Yellow and Alizarin Crimson.
  • Test Blend #4: Premo Cadmium Yellow & Cadmium Red.
  • Test Blend #5: Premo Zinc Yellow & Cadmium Red.
  • Test Blend #6: Premo Sunshine Yellow & Cadmium Red.
  • See how some color saturation comes into play when making color blends.
  • See how some colors mix muddy while others have more pleasing clean transition.
  • Get a feel for how much white is added to the different polymer clay colors.
  • Watch the video and then grab a couple of colors to do some mini teardrop test blends of your own.

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Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor
  1. Jocelyn C, 07 April, 2014

    Thank you for the mini test blends, the results are amazing, and show me how much color work remains to be learned. Look forward to future tutes along this subject line.

  2. Cindy Lietz, 07 April, 2014

    Thanks for saying that Jocelyn! I think color is one of those things that you can continue to learn about your whole lives. It is what makes our world a beautiful place and is truly fascinating! I will continue to add as much info about color as I can.

  3. Tante Sherry, 07 April, 2014

    Wow 500 videos :) We, as a polymer clay community are very lucky that you and your husband Doug have decided to devote your time and energy into this field – I personally have learned so every much from you guys. Not just about how to make new types of beads or canes (which I love) but also the nuts and bolts side of my preferred medium. So congrats on this 500th mile stone a thank you for taking so many of us along for the ride. Thank you from the bottom of my heart, Sherry

  4. Cindy Lietz, 07 April, 2014

    I know it’s crazy isn’t it! After 500 videos you’d think I would have run out of stuff to say about polymer clay but we’re just getting started! Thank you so much Sherry for being such a wonderful asset to our PcT Clay Family! I love your input and support. What we are trying to do, would mean nothing without wonderful people like you!

  5. Joanne S, 07 April, 2014

    your test really shows the power of the underlying colors of all the colors, warm reds vs cool reds and how they play with warm yellows vs cool yellows. great test for all of us to try.

  6. Cindy Lietz, 08 April, 2014

    Thanks Joanne! I will be teaching more about warm and cool colors in future videos, but you’re right, this test definitely shows the power of the underlying colors.

  7. Marianne H, 07 April, 2014

    Happy 500th video!

    Looking forward to the next 500 plus videos!!!!!!!!!!


  8. Cindy Lietz, 07 April, 2014

    Me too Marianne! Thank you for being here and sharing your wonderful self with us. So glad to have you along for the ride!

  9. Dixie Ann, 09 April, 2014

    Gosh Cindy when you line those color blends up I can really see the difference in the blends. I will never assume again that one yellow can do the same job as 3 different yellows. It really does put a whole new spin on mixing the right blends. Thanks so much for the eye opener and congratulations on your 500th video. Like I said in the beginning you are a “one video wonder” one video at a time! (((hugs)))

  10. elaine faulks, 11 April, 2014

    I call my place “The Doll’s House” because it is tiny and I make miniatures for dolls houses.
    Last year my two daughters sent me away on holiday (to get me out of the way) while they did a major make-over on two of my rooms.
    The bedroom is now a very pale aquamarine with white and gold touches, beautiful and restful instead of just plain boring beige and cream.
    In the living room (where I do most of my work) they painted three walls a cream/caramel color but the feature wall was Raspberry Red. At first I hated it but thought ( I would re-paint when they had left). They explained they had been following the ancient art of FENG SHUI
    According to the Chinese this means Wind and Water, or living in harmony with your surroundings. They, (my daughters, not the Chinese) moved my table near this wall under the window for maximum light. Red is considered a color of energy, wild imaginings and creativity. It is also supposed to bring good luck, so who am I to ignore what millions of very clever and artistic people practice, I am keeping my Raspberry Red Lucky wall in fact I now love it!
    Watching your mini tute Cindy reminded me that years ago I couldn’t get hold of Cad Yellow so used another shade of yellow. The results was surprising and a little disappointing and in fact ended up mixing some gold into it and loved the end color, but that was BC. very hit n miss. So a big thanks cindy for all your wonderful color recipes and tips on blending. also congrats on your 500 mark…….cheers xx……..

  11. Cindy Lietz, 14 April, 2014

    I loved this story Elaine! I would love to visit you in your red raspberry lucky room! Sounds charming!

  12. Aims, 11 April, 2014

    Thanks Cindy! I’m chiming in on how this illustration really made an impression on me. I had no idea that the different yellows would make such a difference. And yes – congratulations on this being number 500! I remember way back when………:0)

  13. Jordan E, 14 April, 2014

    Hi ^_^ I love your videos and I found a tutorial on tumblr that I can’t seem to figure out and I was wondering if maybe you could help me?… I understood the rest of the steps but I couldn’t figure out how they got from step 1 to step 2 :(

  14. Cindy Lietz, 15 April, 2014

    Hi Jordan, I just checked out the tutorial you are talking about and OMG no wonder you could not figure it out! Geez they left out a few of the most important steps. Problem is that is far too complicated to explain it here in this box.

    Basically what they did was made a Skinner Blend using translucent orange and translucent yellow clay. Then they made a long strip and stacked and wrapped it in such a way to make a teardrop shape with the yellow in the center and the orange on the outside.

    This is exactly the kind of technique I have used in several of my tutorials including the Variegated Rose Beads Tutorial.

    It isn’t terribly hard to do, it just takes many steps… WAY more than just one step! This is why I hate so much of the information that is out there. People put something out there like this, thinking they are sharing something that is helpful to people. When they have missed so many steps that the only people who understand how to do it, are the people who already know how to do it… like me. It messes up the new people and creates confusion and discouragement.

    I would never do that to you. I show you everything you need to know, and if for some reason I have accidentally missed something, you can ask me and I will tell you.

  15. Jordan E, 16 April, 2014

    Thank you so much! :)

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