Two Part Skinner Blend Tutorial

How to make a two part skinner blend
How to make a two part skinner blend

Learn the fail-safe method of creating a two color Skinner Blend in this tutorial. You'll never go wrong again and you'll soon be using it in every area of your polymer clay art from canes to surface techniques.

The polymer clay Skinner Blend is one of the most basic polymer clay techniques. It really is an essential technique to master if you are going to progress on your polymer clay journey. Thankfully, it's really quick and easy to do.

In this tutorial I’ll be showing the basic two color blend.

You will need the following supplies:

  • Two colors of polymer clay (I’m using Premo Cobalt and Premo White)
  • A tissue blade
  • A pasta machine
  • An acrylic roller
  • A large square cutter or ruler

Steps To Making a Two Part Polymer Clay Skinner Blend

  • First get your clay ready. You will need two sheets of different colors (I'm using Premo Cobalt and Premo White) run through the thickest setting on your pasta machine.
  • Cut a large square from each sheet. I like to use a cutter, but you can also measure it out with a ruler.
  • Cut diagonally across each square to make two triangles in each color.
  • You should now have two cobalt triangles and two white triangles. Place the two cobalt triangles on top of each other. Do the same for the white ones.
  • Now line the blue and white triangle up so that they form a square again. Off-set them slightly so that they form a rectangle with two little triangles protruding. (See the video for more information.)
  • Trim off the triangle bits to form a clean rectangle.
  • Place the rectangle against the pasta machine rollers so that there’s only blue to the left and only white to the right. Both colors should touch the rollers.
  • Roll through the pasta machine on the thickest setting.
  • Now fold the piece so that there’s only blue on the left and only white on the right. Run through the pasta machine again, fold first to expel air bubbles.
  • Repeat 30 to 40 times until you have a full blend.
This blend can now be used in many different polymer clay projects from canes to mixed media.

Please watch the tutorial for more detail on the process and some example beads.

Two Part Skinner Blend Tutorial

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