Blue Iris Color of the Year – Perfect for Making Polymer Clay Beads

Blue Iris Color Recipe

Trendy 2008 color makes for trendy beads and jewelry designs:

According to Pantone Inc., one of the world’s foremost authorities on color, the 2008 color of the year is Blue Iris. A rich peaceful shade that is the exact purple-blue of the Iris flowers growing in my garden. I am delighted they chose this color. It is so versatile and flows wonderfully from season to season.

The experts at Pantone suggest pairing Blue Iris with deeper plums, red-browns, yellow-greens, grapes and grays. In fact it looks quite lovely with the Deep Plum Pearl polymer clay color recipe that Kimberlee Johnson shared with us earlier this month.

Since many fashion designers and home decor companies base their product lines on Pantone’s Color forecasts, you will be able to find lots of Blue Iris in today’s clothing and furniture lines.

When making jewelry it is important to know the colors of up coming fashions so that you can create accessories that will co-ordinate well with the current trends.

In order to help you include Blue Iris in your color palette, I have re-created this Pantone color in a simple Premo Polymer Clay Recipe. I will do the same for the full Fall 2008 Pantone Color Report over the next little while, so stay tuned for that.

Polymer Clay Color Recipe CardThe recipe that was previously posted in this space [Blue Iris – Pantone 2008 Color of the Year] has been re-formated onto a convenient downloadable index card like the sample pictured to the left.

The actual size of the recipe card is 4″ x 6″.

Two recipe cards are now published every week. The A-Series cards are included with the weekly video membership option at my Polymer Clay Tutor Library (Very Affordable Pricing :)

And the B-Series (Bonus Recipes) are available for FREE to everyone who subscribes to my Polymer Clay Tutor Guest List (Weekly Email Newsletter).

Here’s a link for some more blue color recipes: Premo Sculpey Clay Colors For Jewelry Making Projects

So I’m curious. Do you like following popular color trends when making your polymer clay beads? Or would you rather leave the trendy Blue Iris Color of the Year, types of ideas for the big companies… while you do your own thing? Everyone has different tastes and styles which is great! What’s yours?

Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor



  1. Kay, 29 August, 2008

    I’m just starting out with polymer clay beads. For years I’ve made kiln-fired ceramic beads, pendants and buttons. Now I’d like to try polymer clay and let the fire go out in my kiln.

    I welcome all the ideas I find in here and, also, the color blending that’s already been proven to work.

    I’m 67 years old, a widow of many years, and hope to make beads for a long time to come.

    Thank you for the time and effort on your part with the web site. You are appreciated!

    Kay (aka Kaybird by my Grandchildren)

  2. MJ, 29 August, 2008


    What a beautiful Iris!! Your garden must be absolutely breath-taking. Really enjoy and appreciate the pictures your husband takes. Thanks to you both for sharing and making the world a little more colorful for the rest of us.

    Keep those color recipes coming!!

  3. Ronalyn, 30 August, 2008

    Thank you, and Kimberlee, for sharing these wonderful color recipes. I have added them to my PC color-mixing file.

  4. Cindy Lietz, 30 August, 2008

    @Kay: It is so lovely to have you here Kaybird. I hope that you enjoy making polymer clay beads. The skills you learned from ceramics will translate quite nicely! Thank you for your comment!!

    @MJ: My garden could be breathtaking if I had a little more time to take care of it! Right now it it pretty messy. (Though if you take close ups like Doug does, you can’t tell. ;-) Glad you’re enjoying the recipes!

    @Ronalyn: Happy you like them! If you click on the category link on the left called ‘Color Recipes’ you will find posts with a lot more recipes to add to your files!

  5. Penny, 16 January, 2009

    I am making some polymer clay buttons – can polymer clay survive going through the washing machine?

  6. Cindy Lietz, 16 January, 2009

    Yes Penny, polymer clay buttons can go through the wash. Just don’t put a finish on them and make sure they are a strong design. I met a woman selling polymer clay beads and she showed me a sample of some beads she had sewn on a piece of cloth and put into the washer every time she did a load. They were still in good shape after hundreds of washes. I don’t remember if she put them into the dryer though. It’s always a good idea to do what she did and test your beads in your own washer/dryer to see how they fair.

  7. Penny, 17 January, 2009

    Thank you for your very prompt reply. Your website is fascinating and useful. I found you through Facebook – useful information for your tracking stats.

  8. Cindy Lietz, 18 January, 2009

    You’re welcome Penny! Thanks for letting me know how you found me. That is very helpful information indeed!

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