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« on: January 26, 2010 12:26:39 PM »

So I'm making this for my friend and I attempted to mix an off-white shade from a block of white. I added a bit of brown and mixed it till it was completely blended. Annnd it's so not right. It looks like dirty brown white. What color and how much do I need to add to a normal 2oz block of white to get that off-white shade?

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« Reply #1 on: January 26, 2010 01:19:57 PM »

I don't know anything about clay, but I would try mixing with with a bit of yellow?
« Reply #2 on: January 26, 2010 02:53:39 PM »

I don't know anything about clay, but I would try mixing with with a bit of yellow?

Thats what I was just going to suggest.

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« Reply #3 on: January 26, 2010 04:03:05 PM »

Thanks guys. i mixed the white with the teeniest bit of a leftover pale yellow shade I had. it looks pretty close to the pic. wil post pics later.

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« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2010 09:05:35 AM »

Oops... misunderstood the last part of what you said and thought you were trying to create that fondant color with your off-white clay, but I'll leave in the stuff below anyway.

It won't take much yellow at all to get to that level of yellow tint (whether you start with a pure white or an off-white). White is easily overwhelmed, where dark colors are the opposite.  All other colors are in-between, but usually it takes a lot of white to do much of anything in the way of changing a color--but only a teensy bit of black/brown/navy/red/etc).  (So only add yellow to your wad of white... don't try to start with a wad of yellow.)  That's why clayers who do much color mixing buy a lot of white to much less of the other colors.

Also, the yellow tint on top of that cake is more on the green/blue side of the color wheel than the red/purple side, so adding a lemon yellow or zinc yellow to white would work much better than adding a golden or cadium yellow. 


Glad that worked, but in general once a clay (or paint or any pigment) has been "toned down," it can't be untoned down for lack of a better word, and the original fondant color you'd wanted to duplicate wasn't a "tone" --it was a "tint" which means that a pure/clear color has had white added to it... tints are like clear bright pastels.

Tones can be created by adding brown to any color (in any form or degree --like ivory, caramel, rust, etc), or by adding gray (any type/degree of white+black), or by adding the complement of a color to it (e.g., adding a bit of red to a green, or orange to blue, or yellow to purple). 

But once a "tone" has been created (in any way, even by adding colors like that at the factory), it can never go back to a pure/clear color. 
Tones can definitely have white added to them though just to create lighter versions of any color. 
And whole palettes of go-well-together tones can even be created by adding a bit of off-white (ivory, beige, ecru, light gray, etc --or their darker versions) to primary and secondary colors, or just to every color used --those colors will end up looking "muted," softer, desert-y, smokey, etc. 
Sometimes clayers will even add a bit of a different color than off-white to every one of the colors they want to use together to give them a unified look.

(The other main color-combining option is "shades" --those are a pure colors to which black has been added instead of brown or black or a complement or white.
More info on color theory stuff here, especially as it applies to clay and mixing individual colors or whole palettes and tints/tones/shades, for anyone interested:
http://www.glassattic.com/polymer/color.htm ).

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