Odd Seed Pod Palette | Premo Color Recipes Vol-063-B

Odd Seed Pod Palette by Polymer Clay Tutor1-B: Alien

This is an Odd Seed Pod… Isn’t it? I have become convinced that it dropped from the sky, from an Alien Spaceship. I mean… where else could something this weird have come from? I have no idea… hence the quirky names for this next B-Series color recipe palette!

Doug found this strange little specimen on one of his walks in the morning to the YMCA. He popped it in his backpack, and brought it home to photograph for an up coming color recipe series. Like I said, I have no idea what plant it came from and therefore can only conclude that it is outer space flora… but if you can convince me otherwise, I am open to suggestions.

If you happen to know the identity of this seedpod, let us know what it is in the comment section below. Until then, it’s colors will get names which are just Out Of This World! :)

Odd Seed Pod Palette by Polymer Clay Tutor

Everyone who is subscribed to our Polymer Clay Guest List will be able to download the following recipes free, one per week on Friday mornings during the month of August 2013:

  • Alien (Recipe 063-1B)
  • Pod (Recipe 063-2B)
  • Solar (Recipe 063-3B)
  • Spaceship (Recipe 063-4B)

[wp_ad_camp_1]Alien is a strange alien green color, found on this speckled seed pod. Pod is the dominant rust color over much of the surface. Solar is the golden yellow of the Sun’s rays that power the Alien vessel as it travels through space… Obviously collecting botanical specimens from around the galaxy. And Spaceship is the Silver Gray of the walls of the Spaceship’s Science Lab gathering important data.

The recipes described above are from the Volume-063 B-Series Palette. They are free to download for everyone subscribed to my Polymer Clay Guest List, Friday Email Newsletter.

If you want to see the Volume-063 A-Series Color Palette that paid library members will also receive during the month of August, then click here: Pink Sedum Palette

Oh, Cindy! Such a giving and loving family! I for one, would never leave you!!! I love your palettes, though I don’t use all of them. I do make samples of each and every color. Love doing that. ~Patt-W

Hi Cindy, I don’t have too many colors mixed up as yet, but am going to do as many of the recipes as possible and make myself the color samples to attach to the cards. That will make it so much easier to choose my colors. Warm regards. ~Cheryl-H

While I have lots of fun trying Cindy’s great clay and beading techniques, I too am fascinated by the science? art? of colour mixing. The earthtones were always my faves, but now Cindy is making me look at the brighter flower tones with a new appreciation! ~Monique-U


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  1. Anna Sabina, 29 July, 2013

    It is so beautiful. I look like a baby bird, are you sure it is a seed pod? Humm.

  2. Jill V., 29 July, 2013


  3. Jill V., 29 July, 2013

    Oh, and if it starts glowing and pulsating, RUN!

  4. Monique U., 29 July, 2013

    *TeeHee* someone has been watching too many “alien” movies!

    Extraterrestrial or no, these colours are lovely.

  5. Ken Hamilton, 29 July, 2013

    THEY’RE COMING FOR YOU CINDY!!!!!! Sorry couldn’t resist, love the old horror films. Love the colors, can’t wait to try them.

  6. Tante Sherry, 29 July, 2013

    Popped in to see and read about next months colors and wound up laughing right out loud!
    and can totally relate to picking up odd bits of nature – a few weeks back visiting my mom at the hospital (knee replacement you know) found these cool looking spikey, small green tree ‘thingies’ that had fallen off –and when she says ‘what do you have there?’ I told her and with out pause she says ‘for your clay’…she knows me so well:)

  7. Anna Sabina, 30 July, 2013

    I believe it is a seed pod from a Yucca Plant.

  8. Dixie Ann, 31 July, 2013

    Well as long as nothing is oozing or slimy coming from it I don’t think I would be worried about something snatching our bodies……for now…………hmmm…….I would say these are perfect Halloween colors and are a terrific color combo. Just think of all the polymer clay pumpkins one can make! :) Nice job Cindy and Doug. Who knows what Ideas will grow from one little seed pod eh?

  9. Maria C, 02 August, 2013

    You’re right Dixie Ann – the colors are definitely “fall” – they would make beautiful leaves too!

  10. Marion Rayner, 03 August, 2013

    Hi Cindy – Here is a link to a cane slicing tool which looks amazing. The web page is in German but I opened it with Google Chrome for translation.

    Have you seen this tool before and if so would you recommend it, and where can we buy it?

    Thanks again

  11. Cindy Lietz, 05 August, 2013

    Hi Marion, there is an American clayer that sells a Slicer like that for polymer clay. I actually will be doing a video demo of it later this month. Her name is Lee Ann Armstrong and her product is called the Simple Slicer. Here is the link to her store if you want to check it out before my demo video gets posted.

  12. Jocelyn C, 06 August, 2013

    I cannot wait to see that slicer in action, and am so glad you will profile it.

    Along the same lines, maybe a future test lab on blades, strength, maintenance, use, and sharpening them using a stone.

    The tools we use to cut are varied, some rust quickly. Sure would enjoy a run through of what you find when you rank some of them.

  13. Sue F, 06 August, 2013

    I remember Donna Kato saying that the tissue blades that rust are actually better than the stainless steel kind because the metal takes a sharper edge. I haven’t checked this out directly, however.

  14. Cindy Lietz, 09 August, 2013

    Great suggestions for PcT Test Labs Jocelyn! Thanks for the ideas!

  15. Andrea Paradiso, 16 August, 2013

    I use the tissue blades myself and would not go back to the stainless, even though I love stainless and it doesn’t rust. They are hard to find. I buy them thru Polymer Clay Express.

  16. Monique U., 16 August, 2013

    Like you, Andrea, I prefer tissue blades. I’ve tried different kinds, but I keep going back to the Kemper. They are really thin and SUPER (as in, dangerously) sharp, but worth the cost. I get mine from Shades of Clay.com.

  17. Sue F, 06 August, 2013

    I tried something similar after I saw peelers in Dan Cormier’s online store. I’ve used a similarly-configured super-sharp vegetable peeler in the kitchen for more than 20 years, so I bought another one plus a wider version to try on polymer clay. For me, they were fine for slicing from the tops off slabs, for instance for mokume game, although I needed to kludge up some guides to get the slices as even as I wanted (I probably could simply have practiced more, but I was lazy). I didn’t have as much success with ordinary canes because I often want to slice them super-thin, so I currently still slice those by hand with a tissue blade.


    I’m going to go completely mad scientist and build myself a cross between this, this and this, with a few other features that I want thrown in. The first slicer is probably closest in concept, but size-wise it’ll be more like the third. Assuming I can find all the parts I need… I’m still hunting for some of them, and I get distracted by other things quite regularly. :D

  18. Jocelyn C, 06 August, 2013

    I invested in the ValKat™ Designs Precise-A-Slice™ cane slicer and had issues because I could never wait for the cane to cool enough so lopsided whatevers. Will haul this model back out now and retest it using Cindy’s raw clay cradle tute’s product.

    Bet I’ll like it more.

  19. Jocelyn C, 10 August, 2013

    Sue, just spent a little time reviewing this blog and self designed cutter. It is the bomb, hooked to the pc so you can dictate exact measurements. Also it is completely made with locally available hardware parts, so if some part needs to be replaced, it doesn’t keep you out of action for long.

    For someone doing steady cutting for production work, I can imagine this slicer could rock your world and really maximize your profits with accuracy achieved. Thanks for the share!

  20. Andrea Paradiso, 16 August, 2013

    Sue and Jocelyn, you are BOTH the bomb! I do very small canes because I do not do production work, so this morning I got quite a surprise seeing such mad scientist inventions! You are SUPER COOL to do this and I want to grow up to be just like you! Let us know what happens!

  21. Jocelyn C, 16 August, 2013

    Andrea, you are sweet. This place is great, isn’t it? State of the art information, which is so valuable.

    Clarification, I get to be Sue F first, she is my hero, lol. Then you can, K?

    Since my hands no longer produce fine sales level product (unless it’s a big piece), my fascination here is with information, ideas, inventions, cross purposing, etc.

    This place floats my boat.

    And it keeps my trying which is great therapy. Sometimes I do see major improvement, and I solely credit that to Cindy.

    I broke down several years ago and went to the laboratory supplier and purchased a package of many many tissue slicer blades. I feel rich, lol. But these are no way as thin and flexible as the blades manufactured now for clay.

    I like the Sculptey blade with the handles Cindy demoed, but, often find it too big for my work area.

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