Concentrating Hard on Concentrates
After putting in some dedicated time to renew ALL of my old polymer clay, I decided to treat myself with a few new bits and pieces (it is Christmas after all). In an effort not to get completely carried away and over whelmed with all of the beautiful shades out there, I narrowed down my wishlist using a more logical approach. I decided the Kato Polyclay Concentrates by Donna Kato looked like the way to go and purchased a few different whites (such as pearl, glitter and translucent) to go with them.
Kato Polyclay Concentrates come packaged in four 1oz blocks (112g of clay in total). A block each of blue, red, yellow and green - the colours look quite dark, but this is because of the high level of pigment they contain. I couldn't wait to get into my studio and give them a go!
The texture is unlike usual polymer clay - it's more hard and rubbery. This is because the concentrates are a tinting aid, and are not to be used in their pure form. I started by adding some red concentrate to some renewed blue, to create a lovely shade of purple. This is quite powerful stuff, so only start with a tiny bit and mix it throughly until the clay is smooth. Add gradually to achieve your desired shade!
These colours were perfect for my very first sculpted Bog Monster! Here's a little sneak peek to get you excited until my next post which will tell you all about him. The tinted clay baked perfectly and true to colour.
It worked so well I repeated the process by using the blue concentrate to tint some of my recently renewed red glitter clay and created a deliciously rich sparkly maroon.
Now VERY excited, I then added some blue into a renewed olive-green until I had created a lovely shade of deep teal.
Finally I tried out the green concentrate with Kato Pearl White and created a gorgeous shimmery pastel mint. Again, a tiny bit went a very long way so add gradually and with caution!
I love the Kato Polyclay Concentrates! I found them to be an excellent method of tinting colours and creating unique shades and variations in my clay collection. These were the perfect purchase to enhance all of my recently renewed old clay and I have been having a blast mixing custom colours to my hearts content. If you're unsure when it comes to colour mixing, you may find a colour wheel or mixing guide to be a beneficial while working with these.
The high pigment content means a tiny bit goes a long way, making the product good value for money when used as intended as a tinting aid. With red, blue, yellow and green as base colour concentrates you can pretty much mix any shade you need for your polymer clay project. All in all, I found the Kato Polyclay Concentrate Colours to be a good quality product that allows you to easily expand the colour range in your clay collection.
I purchased mine from the lovely ladies at 2wards Polymer Clay who offer free delivery in the Geraldton area.
Rachel continues to actively and passionately participate in a range of exhibitions, prizes, collaborations and community projects. She resides in her hometown of Geraldton, Western Australia with her partner, two dogs, two cats and carnivorous plant collection.
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