How To Make A Continuous Skinner Blend
written by: Valerie Hollis Without Frames
This type of blend is called a "Continuous Skinner Blend" because it flows from one shade to the next without distinction or graduation. In this case, white and gray have been blended into a continuous flow from light-gray to dark-gray. This effect is created in Step 3 by cutting a diagonal which forms triangles that meet corner-to-corner. However, there are many other ways to produce blends that will create different effects. To see how I made a Graduated Blend - one that has distinctions, or graduations, between the shades of color - please see "How To Make A Graduated Skinner Blend." (For a side-by-side comparison of the two blends, see this page.)
To create a Continuous Skinner Blend, you will need 2 contrasting colors of polymer clay. Roll the colors into sheets on the thickest setting of your pasta machine (#1 on an Atlas).
Place one sheet on top of another. In this case, I've placed the gray sheet on top of the white sheet.
Cut the stack diagonally from corner-to-corner.
Once cut, the stack should look something like this.
Separate the sheets from one another. Stack white-on-white and gray-on-gray, lining up the cut edges. Push the two triangles together, forming a rectangle. Stick the edges together by pressing and rubbing your fingers along the seam.
Pass this through the pasta machine on the thickest setting.
Fold the sheet in half and pass through the pasta machine again. Continue folding and passing in the same direction. The lines of color should travel up the sheet vertically as you blend. Do this 15 - 25 times until you are satisfied with its appearance.
Once fully blended, the sheet should look like this.
Once you have created a Continuous Skinner Blend, it can be used in an infinite number of ways to produce an infinite number of effects! I used this particular blend to create the following:
How To Make A Shaded Petal Plug
Then, I used that plug to create the following Flower Cane:
Making A Flower Cane With Shaded Petals
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