Polymer Clay Color Runs
Fanciful or predictable? The outcome of color mixing delights whether serendipitous or planned. Serendipity is fun, but if you want to duplicate a color you’ve mixed previously, you have to know exactly how you did it the first time and be able to repeat it. Spend some time creating Polymer Clay Color Runs for an at-the-ready reference.
I anchored these strands of polymer clay beads at each end with a color straight from the package. Then I made set proportional mixes for the incremental color steps. Find a color to duplicate on any strand. To make that color, look at both ends of the strand. Those are the two package colors that will create the new color. Where the bead lies along the strand tells you what proportions to mix. The center bead contains equal portions of each package color. Then magical gradations happen along the rest of the continuum.
During this experiment, some of the results surprised me. I grabbed the sense of wonder each time I made a new mix and thought, “Wow! So that’s where that color comes from!”
I wrote the from-the-package colors on the end beads with an ultra-fine permanent marker. (Not much room to write on small beads!) If I need a particular color, I can mix it right up!