Rainbow Pen Tutorial – Using Skinner Blend, Canes, & Cut-Outs
Posted on January 28, 2014 in Tutorials by Katie Oskin
Rainbow Pen Tutorial
Use polymer clay to make these cute rainbow pens with graphic cuteness!
What is a Skinner Blend? A Skinner blend is a way of combining two colors to create a variegated palette that is unique, blended, and can be seamless with enough patience and effort. The old term for this used to be a gradation … today people sometimes refer to it as an “ombre” effect. This effect can be achieve with similar colors (as show below) or with opposing colors to create new & unusual blends. Sculpey has a fantastic post with more information on Skinner blends, including how to make one using the “traditional techniques” with triangles formed into squares & rectangles. You can make your rainbow skinner blend using the technique’s in Sculpey’s tutorial, or follow the instructions below for creating a teardrop blend.
Making the Rainbow Pen
- NOTE: I have used the Teardrop Method (CLICK the link above to watch a demonstration on YouTube by Cindy Leitz).
- To create your skinner blend, form teardrops of clay from left to right using purple, blue, green, red, & yellow.
- Each teardrop should be approximately the same size.
- Once you have formed your teardrops, roll them out flatter to fit through the largest setting on your pasta machine, using your acrylic roller.
- Then begin to roll your blend through the pasta machine.
- Always keep your colors lined up (yellow on yellow, purple on purple, etc)! If you turn your blend, you WILL ruin it.
- NOTE: I wanted to control the size of my blend, so I used my pasta machine wedge to make the blend less wide. (Get the tutorial here) By using the wedge, I control the size of the blend so I can turn the blend into a block much easier.
- Continue to roll this blend through the pasta machine, matching like colors, about 25-40 times.
- NOTE: The more your roll the blend through your pasta machine, the more gradated the color palette will be. I only rolled mine about 25 times.
- When you are finished (you decide how gradated you want your blend to be) you should have a LONG strip of clay.
- Now use this blend to cover your pen with clay.
- To finish your pen, simply follow the tutorial below.
- When your pen is covered add graduated translucent spiral canes, flowers, petals, or heart cut outs! The choice is yours!
A Few Notes
- You do NOT have to have a skinner blend to make this pen, this is just what I used.
- You do NOT need a polyclay blade, you can use just an exacto knife, or even a kitchen knife or plastic knife*.
- Be sure to follow the manufacturers instructions on the package for baking. I used Premo! polymer clay and baked my pens for 40 minutes at 275 degrees and tented them with foil to keep them from burning.
Thanks for joining me today,