The polymer clay
community will forever be in debt to Judith Skinner for
giving us the Skinner Blend technique. I use it almost every
day. There are many descriptions of the process, both online
and in text, and much more to say about it than I will say
Everyone seems to have a
slightly different approach. When I teach classes, I always
begin with a review of the Skinner Blend, and no one ever
complains. There seems to be some confusion about it, no
matter where I go. This is one of my own variations. It
produces a narrow blended sheet. I find this useful for many
things, and as you will see, you can easily make a wider
blend from this one.
This is the blend described on
this page. Keep it in mind as you go through the
following steps....I chose these colors for visibility on
the screen more than anything else.
Begin with two sheets of clay
you want to blend. These are approximately 6"
Stack the two sheets on top of
one another, and cut both diagonally with a sharp blade.
For this example, I cut corner to corner. The graduation
of color will extend from edge to edge.
Your two sheets should look like
this after the cut.
Separate the triangular pieces
and rearrange them like this. Don't worry about
bonding the clay, just get the arrangement right.
Now, reassemble the triangles
EXACTLY like this. That dark triangle placed on top of
the bottom two should make an 'X' through the
middle. The advantage of using this method is that
it will hold all the pieces together, and you will get a
larger (longer) blended sheet. The copper colored
sheet will go in next.
After reassembling the four
triangles, the sheets should look like this. Press
or roll them to bond all the clay.
Here is another view of the
stack. Make SURE it looks like this: DIFFERENT
colored edges on the ends, SAME colors on the sides.
Now put the assembled sheets
through the pasta machine, narrow end first. I am
using the handle of a palette knife to keep the sheet the
same width throughout the process. Pass it through the
pasta machine and fold it over on itself
lengthwise. Run it through and fold repeatedly
until the blend is as complete as you want it, always
narrow end in first.
If you did everything right,
here is that final blend again. Keeping it narrow
makes it perfect for leaf impressions, or any other use
where you want the blend to show on a small
....And you can ALWAYS make it
wider by turning the narrow sheet horizontal, and
stretching it to any width you like.