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How to Color Clear Clay with Pinata Ink
By: Marie Segal
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Instead of buying many colors of polymer clay, you can tint or color translucent clay with many different colors of Pinata Ink. This tutorial from Marie Segal shows you how. Pinata inks also work on paper, cotton, tile and many other materials.
The Cernit colors, Opaque white, Pearl white, Porcelain White, Biscuit, Nightglow, Granite, Champagne, and Translucent can be tinted or colored with the Piñata inks. So in reality you could buy just a couple of colors of Cernit and have your self a virtual field day if you already have the Piñata inks and some of you might. The inks can be used on paper, leather, glass, tile, silk, cotton, organza, lace, and some plastics. This is a very versatile product and definitely one I carry in my tool box.
The blue in this flower cane is Baja Blue Piñata ink tinted Pearl Cernit. The background is the plain porcelain white. The color you see in it is a color core and then the cane slices are added to it. I like the frosted appearance.
Baja Blue and Senorita Margarita make a great purple. One drop of each color should do it.
With the Opaque white you will get more pastely colors and with the porcelain white they are almost like frosted glass that is colored. With the translucent they will be more intense in color or the strength of the color. They may also look very light before baking and will darken up some after baking.
Put on a pair gloves and condition the ink color in to the clay.
So make the colors and if you are using the reds and the pinks, make your canes small and bake your work right away.
I like that I can use this to make a ton of different pearl colors too and the nightglow is a blast with the Piñata because it still glows even when using a dark ink like the sapphire blue. YAY!!!
The ink is also fun to use by applying it directly to a bead that you have already formed to color the bead. I used this method in my Inkling beads.
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