Rainbow Teardrop Blend (Multicolored Skinner Blend)

Rainbow Teardrop BlendVideo #518: For those of you who need a bit more help going from a simple two color blend to a multi-color rainbow blend.

Topics Covered In This Video:

  • Teardrop Blends can be done with as many colors as you like.
  • In previous a previous video, I have demonstrated how to do a simple 2 color Teardrop Blend.
  • Today’s video focuses specifically on how to do a multi-color Rainbow Teardrop Blend.
  • You can use a rainbow blend to make rainbow sheets, rainbow skinner blend canes, rainbow skinner blend plugs (square canes), beads, extrusions, and more.
  • You need three primary colors to make rainbow. Red-Yellow-Blue.
  • I used Premo Fuchsia, Sunshine Yellow and Turquoise for my primaries
  • But you can use any red, yellow, or blue of your choosing.
  • Colors blend from red-orange-yellow-green-blue-indigo-violet (ROYGBIV).
  • You should have some red at beginning and at the end of your rainbow blend.
  • Fuchsia is a more dominant color than Sunshine Yellow and Turquoise.
  • So I used 1/2 section of Fuchsia to begin; Then 1 section of Sunshine Yellow; Then 1 section of Turquoise; And finally 1/2 section Fuchsia at the end.
  • Warm up and condition each color and roll each one into teardrop shape.
  • Set the teardrops beside each other (alternating direction) in order of red-yellow-blue-red.
  • Flatten the teardrops into a sheet, and then run your clay through pasta machine as directed in video.
  • Make sure that Red color is on each end… not at bottom and top.

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Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor
  1. Beverly Rose, 05 May, 2014

    wow ;that really helped me “see” what I was doing wrong, part not controlling the width and part not going long enough because it looked less then perfect and because sometimes my clay got to small. I guess I need to use more clay as I am still having a hard time figuring how much clay to use. Thank you so much I feel that was made just so I could understand it

  2. Cindy Lietz, 05 May, 2014

    You are more than welcome Beverly! Happy to help clarify things a bit for you! Just so you know, you don’t have to use much clay at all to do any blend. Just control the width and you can blend even tiny amounts of clay.

  3. Deborah E, 09 May, 2014

    I would love to see how you made those extruded flowers using your teardrop blend.

  4. Cindy Lietz, 13 May, 2014

    Hi Deborah I’ll be showing you guys those extruded flowers soon.

  5. Joanne H, 12 May, 2014

    Hi in your video about the extruders you show an extruded mini flower cane. Do you have a tutorial on this?


  6. Cindy Lietz, 13 May, 2014

    Hi Joanne, if you are speaking of the small canes with several mini flowers… then yes I do have a tutorial here:
    Super Easy Extruder Flower Cane

    If you are referring to the rainbow flowers… then, not yet but soon!

  7. Cyndee H, 17 May, 2014

    Thank you 4000 times! I looked forever for blending techniques and when i finally found you i was ecstatic. I am independent earring designer and struggled with making good clay beads. You are my new hero!

  8. Cindy Lietz, 17 May, 2014

    Glad to hear that this teardrop method, color blending info was helpful for you Cyndee. Thanks for letting me know :-)

  9. Anna Sabina, 22 May, 2014

    I really like the mini tut. I was recently talking with a Calyer who said she sometimes takes the Skinner Blebd in the early stages, folds it over and twists it. She felt it shortened the process. Now I am ot a purist who measure or weighs clay for skinner blends. But , I also do not like mud and the concept make me a little nervous. I am all for short cuts but have never heard of this technique. Has anybody else tried this twisting during the Skinner or teardrop blend process?

  10. Cindy Lietz, 26 May, 2014

    Hi Anna, In theory that would work, but like you are worried, it is harder to control and to make sure your colors are moving out of alignment. If you were using just two colors and you weren’t that worried about having a perfect blend, then it might be one way to go. Though I think the Teardrop method is pretty quick and gives a perfect blend… so I don’t know if twisting it would be an improvement or not.

  11. Christine Hanley, 23 May, 2014

    Do you have that video for the Rainbow Flowers yet?
    I cannot wait to see this one!

  12. Cindy Lietz, 26 May, 2014

    Hi Christine, no I don’t have a tutorial for the extruded rainbow flowers yet, but I will be doing a free one fairly soon, so stay tuned for that!

  13. Julia G, 23 May, 2014

    Hi Cindy!
    Have been immersing myself in your rainbow blend tvideos lately, though have not actually done one yet, But they brought to mind the way I learned to remember the sequence of colours in the rainbow. I thought it might give you and some other members a smile or a trip down memory lane. Here goes:
    Richard Of York Goes Battling In Vain.
    I don’t remember enough history to know whether Richard did go battling in vain….but I never get my rainbow order mixed up!

    Today’s blending/shift is sooooo cool!

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