Color Recipe Tips
From Lex Dee
Tip: "I have just started collecting clay, so I have a very small source to work with. For one, I wanted to make a mocha color. Here's what I came up with: 2 parts grey/black, 1 part red. One of my favorite things to do is tie-dye, or mixing 2 or three colors partially. For example, mixing 2 parts black and 1 part red, and then swirling the mix with white gives you a mocha frappuccino!"
Tip: "1 part peppermint, 1 part purple, 1 part white will get you a very nice purple!"
From Irene A.
Tip: "This is all based on Premo clay. Use a pasta machine to mix it; makes your life much easier.
Pastel yellow- 1 part white, 4 parts yellow
Pastel pink- 1 part red, 5 parts white
Pastel blue- 4 parts denim blue, 2 parts white
Lavender- 4 parts purple, 2 parts white
Ivory- 4 parts yellow, 1 part white, 1/2 part brown
Gold- 3 parts orange, 1 part yellow"
From Avi Cavi
Tip: "I ran out of the Premo Ecru, so I tried to mix it and got something very similar!
Take some white and add bits of Sculpey III Hazelnut, Cadmium Yellow, and very small bits of red. You add them bit by bit until you get the desired tan color. The red gave it the little life it needed, and it matched up great with the Ecru I had left back."
From Patricia Patiga
Tip: "Yellow + White + Brown = Chocolate Cookie Chip! Real Great!"
From Lela Torres
Tip: "1 pink and 1 blue make a light purple."
From Judie Yamamoto
Tip: "When I'm having a down day and can't seem to generate any new ideas, I spend some time just mixing colors. I make nickel-sized beads of each color (for example, in a ten step blend from red to yellow), label them with brand and color name, bake and then string for a permanent record."
From Jason Simonds
Tip: "A 1-to-4 ratio of Sculpy Translucent to White make a great teeth color and texture."
From Jackie Dunn
Tip: "A 50/50 mix of Sculpey Studio Poppy (pink) and Stardust (silver) maked a lovely, romantic dusty rose."
Tip: "I've found the Premo gold and Sculpey gold too orangey. So, I mixed 13 parts Premo gold with 1 part Emerald. It makes a wonderful, rich, true gold."
From Janette Walters
Tip: "Mix equal parts of Premo Gold, Pearl and Ecru together to make a beautiful "blonde" wood color."
Tip: "1pt black, 4pt silver= oxidized silver
1 pt black, 4 pt silver, 2 pt green = oxidized bronze color
original sculpey white w/lime green = luscious electric spring green."
Tip: "Terra Cotta - Premo colors used in this mix. 4 parts orange, 1 part green, 1 part cadmium red. Then add 2 parts ecru for dark shade, 3 parts for medium, 4 parts for light terra cotta."
Tip: "To achieve a very natural porcelain-looking skintone, I add equal amounts of primo fleshtone, and sculpey translucent. I also put a dab of pink chalk, or blush to create blushed cheeks before baking.
Tip 2: You can make a really nice pale shimmery gold by mixing 2 parts sculpey gold, 2 parts sculpey silver, and one part sculpey white pearl. I use it for angel's wings on my christmas ornaments.
From Mandy McEvoy
Tip: "Just a little tip. I've only just started, literaly. I make my own unique colours by rolling them together - excellent with metallics! I love 3 parts classic white to 2 parts granite fimo soft to about a half silver. Experiment with odd bits of clay and you will find the colour you want. Tip - always, when mixing colours, make sure you make ENOUGH to finish the piece, otherwise you end up trying to match the unique colour, which is a real pain!"
Tip: "Mix Premo Red Pearl with Orange and you will get a nice red. This is what I do when for my red clay finish."
Tip: "Equal parts of Premo Alizarin Crimson, Gold and Pearl makes a beautiful copper that looks like a new penny."
Tip: "One of my favorite clay colors is turquoise. For this mixture I use Premo clay. Use 1 part cadmium yellow, 2 parts green pearl, 2 parts white and 2 parts colbalt blue. Only one word describes what you get with this mixture, AWESOME!"
Tip: "For a light fleshtone I love using fimosoft flesh pink with an equal amount of fimosoft nightglow (the glow in the dark). It sounds strange, but it perks up the color nicely, especially good for fair-skinned babies or faeries. I also use a 1:1 mix of fimosoft flesh pink and premo beige. The premo adds more translucence to the skin tone making it look more realistic."
Tip: "For a nice tint, add a stroke of makeup blush, or chalk,to finished a white clay project, before baking, to achieve a permanent color."
Tip: "I use a bit of Premo black with Premo Cadmium red to get a truer red (or Brown from scraps works too!). I'm looking forward to trying some of these great tips!"
Tip: "Mixing 1 part premo gold and 1 part premo silver will give you a rich old gold."
Tip: "1 Part Premo Cad Red, 2 Part Premo Cad Yellow, 1 Part Premo Orange equals a yummy salmon color!"
From Linda H.
Tip: "My favorites include skintones:
I also am fond of mixing equal parts of sap green and gold. If left partially blended it makes gorgeous leaves!
equal parts of sculpey beige and premo beige
equal parts of sculpey tan and premo beige
1/4 block sculpey tan plus 1/4 block premo beige plus 1/16-1/8 raw sienna (nice cocoa color)
1/4 block sculpey tan plus 1/4 block premo beige plus a pinch of gold or copper
From Barbara Two Shoes
Tip: "Premo cadmium red mixed with Premo violet, perhaps one to one. It gives a true RED red which, when mixed with white, lightens to tints of the most succulent pinks. Margi gave us this one: two parts of Premo blue pearl with one part of Premo alizarin crimson. The most luscious metallic richness of - is it blue? Is it purple?"
From Kathy Hawley
Tip: "I like mixing several teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice with the translucent sculpey. It makes a beautiful earthly clay color with flecks of brown from the mace."
Tip: "I take two part Premo translucent and make it into a log and put a small strip of premo blue metallic on one side and premo gold metallic on the other and twist until blended quite well to make a beautiful shimmery sky blue. Hint - leave a little of the translucent and you have the clouds too."
Tip: "Mix one small block of premo pearl with half a teaspoon of green/blue duo pearlex. It makes a wonderful pale minted green that looks luscious enough to eat."
From Hema Hibbert
Tip: "I have been useing this combination so long that I can't remember where I first heard about it. 50% Premo pearl with 50% Premo silver to make a beautiful platinum, and this (platinum) can be used as a base with any of the other Premo colors to make metallic colors. The combinations are awsome and almost unbelievable, perhaps because of the hidden base colors that we might not know of existing in some of the Premo colors. Also 50% Premo black and 50% Premo gold makes a most delicous bronze!"
From Leigh Ross
Tip: "One of my very best favorite color recipes is mixing a little Alizeran Crimson from Premo with the Premo Gold. It makes a very rich color!!"
From Karen Omodt
Tip: "My favorite color is 1 part Premo green pearl to 1 part Premo blue pearl. I think this makes the most beautiful teal color."
Tip: "Silver Kato mixed 2-1 with any Kato color is cool.
I got interesting golds mixing Kato gold 2-1 with any Kato color.
A good rich purple is 3 Kato fushia to 1 turquoise.
2 yellow to 4 ultra blue makes a vert pretty dark teal.
4 turquoise to 2 yellow is a good light teal.
4 fushia, 1 turquoise and 1 white is a nice lighter purple.
4 ultra blue, 2 yellow and 1 white is a good blue-green.
1 red to 1 purple is brick red.
2 red to 1 white is what I would call coral "
From Ria von Son
Tip: "My favorite is Translucent Fimo soft 014 mixed with Jade Powdered Pearls! Nothing can beat that color - I used it also for my newest dragon!! Another cool one is Fimo Soft translucent 014 with Misty Lavender from Pearlex - GORGEOUS! If you mix the Misty Lavender with Premo Trans bleached you get also a really awesome purple!!!"
Tip: "I love to mix Premo Pearl with Premo Ultramarine Blue or Premo Purple. I mix different amounts to get different shades. Premo Silver mixed with either Ultramarine Blue or Purple or with Black is also cool. And of course, there is Premo Red Pearl mixed with Premo Black. That is a cool color too!"
From Dawn Naylor
Tip: "Any green (Premo is all I use) mixed with gold. . .YUMMY!"
From Jean Sheppard
Tip: "I like Premo Pearl Green - equal parts - with Ultramarine Blue..."
Tip: "I like to put SculpyIII Coral with a lot of Premo Pearl. It just comes out to such a light coral pink iridescent look."
Tip: "Here's two of my favs -
1. Premo red Metallic with black makes a nice purplish maroon.
2. Premo Silver with green.... nice soft color that reminda me of undersides of white birch leaves."
From Kellie Prather Robinson
Tip: "Premo gold and colbalt blue makes gorgeous green with lots of shift."
Tip: "I'm color challenged as well. Somewhere on glassattic it recommended to mix color wheels. I picked my red, blue and yellow and worked my way from one color to the next, for example: 4 red, 4 red to 2 yellow, 4 red to 1 yellow, 4 red to 4 yellow, 4 yellow to 2 red, 4 yellow to 1 red, 4 yellow. I probably could have gone smaller increments but this worked for me. I cut little samples with a canape cutter, poked a hole in each and numbered them and made a corresponding list in a notebook. I'm almost to 100 and that's only in Kato clay.
I have some mud in there but I can duplicate it now! Swap your shades of each color around....fuchia for red, turquoise for blue, etc.
I try to always mix by measuring, not guessing now. And making notes on my combos so if I get a good one I make a sample and add it to the notebook. I've found some neat colors I never would of thought would work."
Tip: "I love mixing gold metallic Premo with blue metallic Premo. Depending on how you mix it it gives GREAT colors. One to one (I hope I am saying the proportions right) is a nice antiquey gold. And copper
Premo and blue metallic make a great, nice rich purple. "
Tip: "Ice Colors using Fimo and/or Fimo Soft. The main ingredient is translucent.
Mix a tiny, tiny pea of any dark color to translucent. I found this recipes for Ice Colors at the Utah PC Guild a while ago, but I just got around to trying it. Remember, the more saturated the color the better, for example, Magenta, Red, Windsor Blue, Emerald Green, etc. We think it looks a little like etched glass. I'm attaching a pic, but they look much better in person.
(click here for picture)"
Tip: "Mix 1 part Fuchsia to 1 part cadmium red. It makes a beautiful true red (not a dark red like alizaron crimson, or an orange-red like cadmium red) and it mixes with other colors in a predictable way. Whenever I make 'color wheel colors' I always start with this red instead of either of the normal Premo reds."
This page is part of the Polymer Clay Cyclopedia being assembled by the friends and members of Polymer Clay Central, http://www.polymerclaycentral.com.
We wish to encourage all beginners to print these pages, published in the Polymer Clay Cyclopedia Format.
(The Cyclopedia Format is the lavender ruled white paper background).
The PCC Cyclopedia entries & images are provided free & without charge by the authors & artists who wrote and/or created them. Their use here is WITH PERMISSION.
Copyrights to all written entries & all images are held by the authors & artists who submitted them. Members of this forum may print the pages for their personal use. However, entries & images may not be copied, reproduced, retrieved or used elsewhere in any written, print or electronic form, without the express written permission of the person or persons who hold copyright to the particular item or items under consideration.
Polymer Clay Central Home Page | Polymer Clay Cyclopedia Contents