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purplewitchhazel
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« on: January 17, 2009 05:39:58 PM »

I was thinking that instead of just googling the information like EVERYONE on earth does  Grin i wanted to ask if you had any special colour blends that you made yourself, or what ratios you've found bring out the better shades etc. Anything to do with that, post it here!
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« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2009 10:36:05 AM »

There's loads of info on all kinds of "recipes" for Skinner blends (or are you talking about color mixes?) on the Blends page at my site, as well as links to many examples of the various kinds of polymer clay blends:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/blends.htm

If you're talking about color mixes though, there's also loads of info on making all kinds of colors (and even whole palettes) on this page instead:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/color.htm
...plus more in this previous post here at Craftster which includes some mixes I've made:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=101494.msg962792#msg962792



Presuming we're talking about continuous "blends," here are a few multi-color ones I made long ago--don't have many pics of ones I've made since. . .  I then used a small flower cutter to cut flower shapes from the blend sheets at various places to put onto a small round wood frame I used as a photo ornament (with small gold bead in the center of each flower).  Some of these weren't thoroughly blended on purpose:



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« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2009 08:13:04 PM »

Yes i meant mixes, not skinner blends. But that is very helpful. I like your pictures. I just wanted to see if anyone has found for example the perfect ratios to make a bright purple, or a this or a that etc. Why google when i can talk to humans?  Grin Oh and it turns out i do have the glassattic website in my favourites  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: January 19, 2009 09:12:44 AM »

I want to know how to make a bright red! So I feel you.
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« Reply #4 on: January 19, 2009 09:36:22 AM »

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I just wanted to see if anyone has found for example the perfect ratios to make a bright purple . .

Well, bright purples (or reds, etc.) are problematic if the mix is not started with a very clear (untoned-down) purple.
The same is true for all other "bright" colors because most brands** of polymer clay have colors which have already been mixed with other colors at the factory... and those can't be "removed" later.  
For example, a "tone" or a "shade" of purple can be mixed starting from a clear purple, but a clear purple can't be mixed from a tone or shade of purple.
("tones" contain a bit of brown or several colors that make brown, or they contain the complement of the color they're added to ... "shades" contain a bit of black... and "tints" contain white)

**however, Kato Polyclay has 8 clear "spectral" colors, and Premo has two sets of primary colors which are "pure" but either on the warm side or the cool side of that color (so those clays/brands will often give the most possibilities for mixes of all the colors that are closer to pure colors or "bright" colors --other brands may also have good clear versions of certain of their colors as well)

One trick for brightening whatever color you have though is to mix in some fluorescent clay of a similar color.

Pinata alcohol inks and pure-color artists' oil paints can be mixed in too to try and get any color closer and closer to the pure color too (but Adirondack brand alcohol inks can't be used in the same way because their colors are all already toned down at the factory).

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Recipes for various kinds of purple as well as all kinds of "this and that" colors, can be found on the page I mentioned before though if you want lots of suggestions or just places to start for a mix:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/color.htm
(for purples, or other individual colors, check Recipes & Combos > Individual Colors)

The category at that same page on mixing your own complete "palettes" of color can also create lots of purples, but they won't necessarily be discussed separately.



Actually, the link I posted in my last message went to the "other" part of the color topic I'd posted, and it didn't have the samples I was thinking of... here's the right link:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=108415.msg1032139#msg1032139
Here's one of the pics in that thread (this pic just happens to have a lot of greens and blue-greens in it, but note that each "green" you see is different than all the others in the pic --they look similar just because of the limitations of internet/monitors/etc.):






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