Thank you, Judith Skinner!

This used to be a very tedious process, mixing lump after lump of one color with another, until you had a series of lumps that shaded from one color to another. This way is very easy, once you've tried it

Start with roughly triangular sheets of clay. I want the deepest shade to be untinted with white, so I have left a strip of the pink along this left edge into which the white triangle doesn't intrude. Can you see how this color will remain strong?
I'm folding the edge farthest from me down to the edge closest to me, matching up the edges. If I look at the left end, the edges are pink, if I look at the right end, the edges are white.
I'll lightly crease the fold and make sure that the fold is the first part into the pasta machine.

Just keep folding from top to bottom... don't throw a side - to - side fold in there, or what you get won't be a blended sheet.
What's going on on the outside is interesting, but it isn't a smooth blend yet. You can fold this ruffly look to the inside, or exploit it and use it as it is... it's kind of pretty.

Just keep folding from top to bottom, and putting the fold first into the machine. You can see the colors start blending after four or five folds. When you get the shading that you want, fold it in half, again, but put it into the machine lengthwise to form a "belt" of color.

This long belt can be thinned with a lower setting on the pasta machine. You can roll it up, jellyroll-style from whichever end you wish. You can cut it into equal widths and stack the pieces, or you can accordion fold the strip to make a blend.

Mike Buesseler's got another way to do blends on his site...
keeping the blends narrow can be important to what you're trying to do.

Printable template for one way to cut clay for a Skinner Blend here.

This is one way to lay out colors for a rainbow. The template shows another way.
Printable rainbow template here.

The idea is still the same though, fold from top to bottom, and feed the fold first into the pasta machine, every time.

This goes through some really ugly stages. *g* One thing I've found that helps is to use the more translucent colors, like many of the Fimo Soft line. The colors are "truer" than the ones you get from the clays that are densely opaque.

The number of things that you can do with simple and complex blends is endless. This was my first rainbow project.

This is a simple rainbow covered mache box with a "lava lamp" effect.

The bright rainbow sheet on the bottom of the stack consists of six Fimo Soft colors. They are rather translucent in nature, and I've found that they do a good job of tinting the colorless translucents and some of the pearls.

I cut one thin strip from the rainbow blended sheet (about 3/8" wide) and added it to a sheet of translucent clay and another little strip to a sheet of pearl.

20 trips through the pasta machine later......
Trans/pearl rainbows

Spring colors I'm not even an "egger," but these really bring spring and Easter eggs to mind. I'll bet you could at least double the amount of rainbow that I added without affecting the translucency very much, and get some really jazzy canes to cover votives with. Trans/pearl rainbows Here's a needle tool and some pens that I covered with the pearl and with a stronger mix of translucent colors...
still very "clear."

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