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Avocado Cane/Skinner Blend Polymer Clay Tutorial

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EDIT: These earrings are available in my Etsy shop!

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Things I forgot:

1. You will also need brown clay.

2. The blending technique I used is known as a Skinner blend. It's very useful.

3. The eyepins are for if you want to turn the avocado slices into charms for jewelry.

4. The square at the very beginning is about 3" x 3" (about 8cm by 8cm)

Also, if you're really into polymer clay, even just as a hobby like me, a clay conditioning/pasta rolling machine is definitely worth the purchase. I caught mine at JoAnn's on sale for $10 (JoAnn's will publish 50% off one item/total purchase coupons every once in a while, so if you're wanting to buy a clay machine, keep your eyes open for these coupons). It's Sculpey brand, specifically for clay, and that's all I use it for. I think that you'd be able to use a pasta machine, too, but I wouldn't use the same one for food as well. It's useful for this blending technique as well as softening/conditioning old/hard clay, and rolling out large sheets for clay projects.

This tutorial is on Instructables as well! I have entered it in a contest. Please vote! :…

My tutorials:

Avocado Cane (Skinner Blend):…
Corn on the Cob:…
Human Feet:…
Human Hands:…
Key Lime Pie:…
Kiwi Cane:…
Orange Cane:…
Pea Pod:…
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich:…
Pepperoni Pizza:…
TLS (Translucent Liquid Sculpey):…
Treble Clef:…
Vanilla Bean Ice Cream:…
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knightjeran's avatar
knightjeranHobbyist General Artist
This is really spectacular. It produces such a nice result and I never knew that was a way to get gradients! Thank you!
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SpringInBloom326Hobbyist General Artist
Your tutorials have re-inspired my love for miniature clay charms! Your tutorials seem very easy to follow, I'll find out soon ;), and I was wondering if you could do a tutorial to make a chibi shark charm?
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MisstymountainsHobbyist Artisan Crafter
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The-Erin-showHobbyist Artisan Crafter
This blending gives me poo brain
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The-Erin-showHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank goodness for your tutorial!
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LuneLune-the-wolfStudent Digital Artist
i know how to make a dog just using black white and red pink and then finally green for the eyes pink for nose white for the fur black also for the fur and red for the collar
AnastasiaBatson's avatar
a mile is about, part of a highway for 5-10-15 min long. thats how long a mile is O.o
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ScarshadowXHobbyist Artisan Crafter
thats alot of work for an avacodo key chain.... holy crap!
paperfaceparade's avatar
they're earrings :) but i suppose you could make a keychain, too. with this technique, it makes a cane, which means you could get a dozen (give or take, depending on size) of avocado halves just by doing this once. it's very convenient.
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ScarshadowXHobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow. I would make a pair of avocado earrings if they came out that good!
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MayEbonyHobbyist General Artist
Your amazing work has been featured [link]
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MayEbonyHobbyist General Artist
Your tutorials are so funny, as well as really clear and really helpful - thank you so very much!!! My favourite sentence so far is that your piece of clay is literally a mile long. Of course it is :pat: And a giant newspaper too :icondragonnod1:
I've read the Dumbledore, Key Lime Pie, Orange Cane, TLS (why can't I buy that here :iconshakestickplz:) and Treble Clef ones so far.
And I have a really dumb question, because I'm still really new to this hobby. Do I just do one coat of glaze on things? You said to do lots on the treble clef. I'm making tiny cake slices and don't know if I've done the right thing by glazing the sides of the cake or not? Cake isn't naturally shiny, but I'm guessing they need glaze protection?
Thank you soooooo much if you do have the time to answer :iconhearthugplz:
paperfaceparade's avatar
You're welcome! I'm glad that they help.

I just liked the shiny look on the treble clef, so I used a lot of paint and glaze, but it's not necessary. It just depends on how shiny you want it. To some extent, the glaze can act as a protective coating and give the piece a little more strength, but it's not necessarily going to make or break the piece. The matte look is definitely better for some pieces, and it's just fine to leave them that way if that's what you want. :)
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MayEbonyHobbyist General Artist
Thank you so very much for your help. I'm starting to get quite excited with the little beginner pieces I've started to produce so all advice is taken on board very gratefully :iconcuteheartz::iconfreehugsplz::iconcuteheartz:
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misunderheardProfessional Artisan Crafter
This is sooo cool! Youre awesome for sharing AND giving links to your other tutorials! I have actually tried blending like that with a roller and even just hand stretching and as long as you have patience, it works pretty much the same :D
Talty's avatar
Talty Artisan Crafter
This is the best skinner blend tutorial I've ever seen :clap: your instructions are very clear and I also loved your humor, excellent work and you're very generous for sharing!
paperfaceparade's avatar
^^ thanks! i was getting sooo frustrated at other skinner blend tutorials because i kept doing it wrong because they were unclear, so once i finally figured it out, i decided to try and make one for anyone else who was having the same problem that i did, so i'm very glad to hear that my instructions are clear :D
DeviantCookie's avatar
The clearest explanations I ever read. Sincerely. Thank you :-)
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You're welcome :)
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liedxxxHobbyist Artisan Crafter
omfg this is such a wonderful tutorial. thank you for making this. :D
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