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After gathering several of my polymer clay color recipes (you can see them all here), one of my readers asked me how I kept those color recipes. So today, I thought I would take a moment and show you my system for keeping my colors. Please know that there are literally dozens of ways you can do this. I have chosen to organize my colors this way because it is the most helpful and useful to me. Feel free to use some, parts, or all of these ideas to make your own polymer clay color recipe book.
— Kater’s Acres (@katersacres) July 14, 2015
For recipes that I make often (Parker for example) I keep recipe cards handy, directly in front of me at my workstation. You can get your own free printable to make your own recipe cards here.
About a year ago I had made so many color recipes I needed a place to put them, along with notes on how they were made, color palette ideas, etc. The other reason that I started this notebook was because of the “Sparkling Berry” color I made & posted here on the site. I made this color as specified in the recipe, however, I was NOT able to ever duplicate it. This bothered me … why? Did the pigment in the clay brand change? Perhaps. I’m still working to duplicate it (it’s on the “to-do list” but I haven’t gotten there yet) and when I recreate it, I will post the results for you. So now I take samples & swatches of even “from the pack” clays to use as a basis of comparison.
In order to make your book you need a few things:
After you’ve made your recipe, make a “swatch” of that color and bake it how you would normally bake clay in your oven. For example if your clays always bake at 275 for 45 minutes, covered in foil, then bake these for the same amount of time. This way you will be able to have the same “circumstances” that you normally would have, allowing you to see things like color shift. Make sure you keep some of the UNBAKED color so that you can compare the before baking & after baking sample (you can see examples of this here on the 2015 polymer clay review of Polyform’s new line).
***Note: If you are using TWO systems (note cards & a notebook) please be sure to create 2 swatches and not just one.***
Feel free to jazz up and decorate your notebook if you’d like. I love to do art journaling and Bible Journaling, so as soon as I have time, I will definitely be jazzing up mine a bit more. Here’s some brief tips & instructions on how you might make your own:
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