Enter Crafts by Chris. She has mastered color mixing and documenting the Pantone Color Home and Fashion trends in polymer clay. What or who is Pantone, you ask? Basically Pantone is a company that developed color matching system meant to standardize colors across multiple industries. For more details see their "About Us" page.
You can purchase the tutorials in Crafts by Chris' Artfire Studio or Etsy Store. They are well worth the low cost. Minimal supplies are needed: polymer clay and some method of cutting equal sized parts of the clay, otherwise your mixes will be off. I used a pasta machine and kemper cutters.
This sample is from the 34 More Fall/Winter 2010-2011 Color Recipes
The PDFs with the color mixes can be printed out and placed in a binder or if you'd like cut smaller into recipe card size and stored in a box. I cut two shapes, one to put in a binder and one to put in a box with the color name and recipe set it is from. That way I can carry the smaller box with me if needed to match colors.
I used one of my smallest square kemper cutters to create the mixes, I only wanted to create swatches just large enough to create the samples for my binder and swatch box. But oh what to do with the scraps.....you know I just love polymer clay scraps! I grabbed all the from this recipe sampler and the previous two I done. Mixed them just a little and did some mokume gane with stamps. Yum! I loved the out come.
I'd also like to note that anyone involved in any type of art/craft could use this a wonderful tool for understanding color theory. So whether or not you're a polymer clay artist, experimenter or have never played around with polymer clay....think about ordering one of these tutorials and pick up some clay. You won't be disappointed.