What do I do with this Rainbow Blend?? Well, there are tons
and tons of ideas and I'm hoping you will show
me what you invented using these techniques!! But - for the
beginners - I'm going to give a couple quick canes you can make so you can start
off having some fun!
We will be using Premo Pearl White with the Rainbow Skinner blend for the following canes. The Premo Pearls have a lot of translucent in them. This will give them depth when they're baked and sanded. It almost seems like they just disappear underneath the colors! On the next page you will find some photos of finished beads where you can see what happens to the pearl clay! It will appear deeper than the rainbow colors, almost like a small ravine. It makes a lovely contrast to the bright colors. First, though, let's learn the the Striped and Mosaic Jellyroll Canes!!!
Simple Rainbow Skinner Blend Striped
Here's an interesting side
note concerning lighting: this picture was taken with the Sony Mavica
digital camera using regular indoor lighting. You can see the saturation of the
red in this blend is still very strong, but in real life the red has more orange
next to it than shown here.
This photo was taken with the
same camera, but the lighting was provided by the Ott Light, which is a special
light for crafters. The Ott Light renders color with almost complete purity.
Here you can see a clearer picture of the color variations and the orange stripe
next to the red is more pronounced. It could almost be compared to working
outside in natural daylight!
Okay - let's get on to the
Fold your blend in half lengthwise and match up the
colors along the way. That's putting the two sides together instead of the top
and bottom like you did when making the blend. If you have wavy blends, just
match the colors up as best you can. Also, trim up the edge if it's
Run it through the pasta
machine at it's thickest setting. Be careful!! If you have a
motor, keep it on slow.
Now set your pasta machine two
thicknesses thinner than your first trip through. Run the long blend through
There! You have a really kewl
Rainbow Skinner Blend! While that blend rests for a couple minutes prepare a
strip of Premo White Pearl clay. Make it at least as long and wide as the
Make the Pearl clay the same
thickness or two steps thinner from your blend for a really good cane.
Cut the edges even with the
Do the same for the top and the
bottom. The skinner blend and the white pearl are now sandwiched together
nicely. Brayer them firmly to get rid of any air bubbles. If you see any, pierce
them and press gently with your finger to get rid of the air.
Determine how thick you want
you cane to be. I usually start cutting at about an inch (2.55cm).
You can't see it that well, but
the piece that was cut off, was stacked on top of the end of the remaining
blend. This becomes your template for the next cut. Line up the edges facing you
and cut flush with the first piece on the other side of the stack!
Stack this cut portion on the
end and do the same thing again. Square it up with the edges, cut, stack, square
it up, cut, stack, square it up, cut, stack....
Keep doing this until you have
stacked the entire blend together.
Look at that!! All those colors
just from four starting colors!!!
Turn the stack over and place
it on another little piece of the white pearl and cut a it to fit onto the top
of the stack! I prefer to have the white pearl on both ends, but that's just me.
You can choose to have white on both ends or not.
Now trim up your sides.
Trim up your ends, but don't
throw these pieces away! Make a bead out of them! If you shave the sides you can
get very thin pieces to overlay. They won't be as translucent as other clays,
but beautiful anyway!
There you have it!! Just sit
back and enjoy the colors! I'm a very color oriented person and these blends
just drive me wild!!!
Rainbow Skinner Blend Mosaic Jelly
I love this Jelly Roll cane. It's really interesting when
sanded and buffed as the pearl seems to fall back behind the colors and give the
whole thing more depth!
Carefully cut a slice of your
cane about a quarter of an inch thick. (You can do it any thickness you want.
Remember: every measurement is negotiable) Cut slowly to try to
keep the slice even, if it ends up uneven don't worry too much, it works itself
Roll out a strip of the Pearl
clay on one of the medium thicknesses on our pasta machine. (On at Atlas, the
setting would be between #3 and #5.). Make sure the strip is as wide as your
rainbow striped cane slice and a little more than twice as long. Lay the slice
close to one end of the Pearl clay strip.
Make sure all the layers are
pressed together, but don't squeeze too much. And don't overwork the clay. You
want those sharp edges to remain so the finished product looks more squared off!
Take hold of the end of the
pearl sheet furthest away from the striped cane and pull it over the top to
cover the slice of cane.
Now brayer down the package to
make sure you get out as many air bubbles as possible. (You don't have to have a
brayer tool as shown here. You can use a glass or rolling pin or whatever you have
Go to the end where the Pearl
clay is folded over. Brayer it down a little more so it tapers to a point. You
are going to roll this covered slice and it will roll more even if you give it a
Ease the folded end up
carefully. Tke your time at this point. It will make all the
difference in your cane. Just ease the edges over a little at a time until it
rolls back on itself. Use only ONE side as your guide. Roll the covered slice up
slowly, keeping it aligned along the one side evenly, the rest will follow!
The rolling will get easier as
you go, but keep an eagle eye our for the air bubbles and work them out
immediately. Keep rolling until you have everything captured in the cane! Don't
worry about the ends flapping, they will be rolled in when you get to the end.
You can trim them so they don't go too far, but some is needed to give a more
blended end to the jellyroll.
When you have gathered up all
the clay, roll it a little more to check for air bubbles. If you get any, use a
pin to open the bubble and work out as much air as possible with your finger.
Cut the cane open and see what
you have!!! Now pat yourself on the back again! You did a great job!
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Take a slice of your original
Mosaic Cane and reduce it for variation!
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Then take a slice of your
original Striped Cane and reduce that. Now go have some fun making beads or
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Click on the Next Page Link below for a few variations on this blend and for the Skinner Templates! The possibilities are endless! Please, if you try these out, please put some photos in Show and Tell so we can all share them, and if you come up with a great color blend, I'd love to add them to the Variations page!!!
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