What Is The Color Of Clay Crafting with clay becomes even more convenient with your very own clay color palette! A clay color palette serves as a valuable resource, offering the following benefits:
Efficient Time Management: Eliminate the guesswork of creating specific colors. With color samples and formulas, crafting perfectly matched clay becomes a quick task.
Cost-Effective Crafting: You don’t need to purchase a vast array of polymer clay colors. A palette guides you to the essential colors you require, while enabling the creation of numerous new shades from just a handful.
Color Replication: Keeping track of color combinations and ratios lets you replicate colors and recreate past projects with accuracy.
Minimize Waste: Avoid the frustration of mixing clays that result in unexpected hues. A palette of pre-tested colors ensures no clay goes to waste.
Creating Your Clay Color Palette: Step by Step
Selecting Base Clay Colors for Mixing
Much like mixing paints, blending clay colors can yield new shades. Understanding color theory basics is crucial to selecting colors that mix well. The color wheel categorizes colors into primary, secondary, and tertiary hues:
Primary Colors: Yellow, red, and blue are pure, unmixable hues from which all other colors derive.
Secondary Colors: Mixing equal parts of two primary colors generates orange, violet, and green.
Tertiary Colors: Combining a primary color and an adjacent secondary color produces tertiary hues like blue-green or red-orange.
Crafting Your Palette with Polymer Clay
- Preparing and Dividing Clay Bars
Begin by slicing each 1-ounce clay bar into 12 equal pieces. Prevent distortion using Sculpey Tools™ Clay Blades or cut equal pieces from a clay sheet using Sculpey Tools™ Cutters. Maintaining a consistent unit of measurement helps track formulas. Condition all clay to ensure even blends and avoid cracks during baking.
- Arranging the Color Wheel
Place clay circles for each color on paper according to their position on the color wheel. Create a triangle with primary colors, positioning Sculpey® Red across from Emerald Green. Leave space between circles for more colors, and label each with exact color details.
- Mixing Secondary Colors
Combine two primary color pieces in a 1:1 ratio, showcasing the hues produced. Compare these mixes with available secondary colors:
- Mix Sculpey® Red and Yellow for a less vibrant orange than Sculpey® Orange.
- Blend Sculpey® Blue and Red for a darker violet than Sculpey® Purple.
- Mix Sculpey® Yellow and Blue for a distinct green from Sculpey® Emerald Green.
Include both secondary mixes and pure colors on your color wheel.
- Crafting Tertiary Colors
For each tertiary color, blend equal parts of a primary and secondary color. Create two styles for each combination to diversify your guide. Begin with a 1:1 ratio of primary color and pure secondary color. For example:
- 1 Sculpey® Red + 1 Just Orange = red-orange
- 1 Sculpey® Blue + 1 Purple = blue-violet
Make another 1:1 mix using the primary colors and secondary colors you previously blended. These will slightly differ, producing the same hue.
- Exploring Different Shades and Ratios
Adjust tones by adding white for lighter shades and black for darker tones. Neutralize colors by adding a hint of their complementary color. Explore warm and cool shades based on the color wheel’s arrangement.
- Baking Your Palette
Place the paper with notes in the oven since the low baking temperature poses no risk. Once the clay cools, transfer the palette to new card stock, adhering cured clay pieces and rewriting notes.
Crafting with Sculpey® Products
Craft your color wheel with Sculpey® clays you already possess or explore unique palettes with Sculpey® Multi-Packs, featuring basic, neon, natural, metallic, and glitter colors. Seek inspiration from our New Color Tuesdays blog posts for exciting clay mixes by design squad member Sydnee Holt.