Listening to Lindly

6 years ago or so, I was in one of Lindly Haunani’s polymer clay workshops, Textile Inspirations, when she looked at the samples I was working on, and said “Your really need to add some darks or lights to make this sing.”  I’ve taken several other classes from her since then, and she reminds me of her advice almost every time.  Left to my own devices, I tend to choose colors of mostly similar values.

Yesterday (and continuing on today), I took Lindly’s advice to heart and added some lights and darks when the colors I was using in my latest ripple blade polymer clay canes were a bit too similar in value.

Yes, I’m still playing with ripple blade canes.  I can’t stop!

So… yesterday, I made a giant rainbow skinner blend, and then divided it into a blue green blend and a purple orange blend.  Then I took a portion of each blend and added white and pearl.  I made a striped stack of each, along with a solid color.  For the purple orange blend I used a stripe of Premo 18K gold:

Polymer clay blended sheets and canes - purple to gold

In the photo, you can see the two versions of the blend, the striped stack and resulting ripple dot pattern.  It’s pretty, but the color values are all pretty similar in the end result.  So I used the rest of this blend and added a stripe of a very pale yellow and a dark plum.

Polymer clay canes from blended stack layers with highlights

The addition of the light and dark colors (especially the light) really woke this blend up!  In the photo above you can also see the different patterns you can get by slicing with a traditional ripple blade (bottom row) and then by slicing with the tiny ridged blade sold in the Polyform Super Slicer pack (top row).

Here are the blue green blend canes.  The first photo shows the green blue blend with a dark teal stripe added.  The result reminds me a bit of William Morris wallpaper colors.

Polymer clay blended sheet in blues and greens

The top row shows slices made with the larger traditional ripple blade and the bottom row pattern was made using the tiny ridged blade.

For more contrast, in the second blue green blend stack, I added the same color stripes I used in the purple to orange canes.  (I did lighten the plum color a bit.)

It’s a totally different feel, isn’t it?


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8 thoughts on “Listening to Lindly”

  1. Wonderfully informative. So helpful to show pictures and describe outcomes. Experimenting is fun, but can be frustrating and expensive for those new to polymer clay. I have discovered a myriad of ways to make mud…

  2. So much fun! Thanks for laying it out so visually, and pointing out the differences. Great stuff!

  3. I love the ripple blade effect. I love cutting into the clay and see what appears; one time i found a frog, really cute with big eyes. A friend liked it so much i gave it away, another time there was a clown with a red flattop you never know what shapes will appear in the cut. Kay

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