I love using Pearl Ex powders with my polymer clay projects, and I have several of the Pearl Ex color variety packs. But more than once, I've gotten stuck on a project, staring at all the little bottles and trying to figure out which color would work best.
To fix that problem, I started making color strips for each box of Pearl Ex colors. It's quick to do, and it makes it a little easier to pick the best Pearl Ex color for the job. Here's how to make your own:
- Use a pasta machine to roll out a thin strip of white and a thin strip of black clay. It's important to do at least black & white, since some Pearl Ex powders (like "Duo" and "Interference") react differently to different clay colors.
- Use a ruler to mark lines in the clay, creating 12 equal sections.
- Cover sections 2-12 with a piece of paper to avoid accidentally spreading any pigments in those areas. Use a paintbrush to generously cover section 1 of the black and white clay with the first color in the Pearl Ex set.
- Once you're done with the 1st color, move the paper over to hide sections 3-12. No mask is needed for the section you've already done since Pearl Ex acts as a resist (it keeps other colors from adhering where there's already one Pearl Ex color).
- Repeat steps until all 12 powders have been applied. Bake.
I make a color strip for each box and keep the strip with the original box. Since I always try to keep my powders in numerical order, I really don't need the sample's name or number on the color strip... But if you wanted them, it'd be easy enough just to print those on a card and affix the color strip to it.
Good luck & happy claying!