Chihuly Glass Palette | Polymer Clay Color Recipes

Chihuly Glass Color Palette by Polymer Clay TutorVol-042-A Series [Premo Sculpey]
1A: Steel Blue
Yellow Tormaline
3A: Amber (light)
4A: Amber (dark)

Some experiences in life are so inspiring that your mind whirls with excitement at the mere memory of it. Such is the case with our visit to the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma Washington.

At this awesome exhibit, thousands of pieces of colored glass creations from the legendary artist Dale Chihuly, are suspended inside of a 50 x 20 foot ceiling which covers the most unique highway overpass I’ve ever seen. It’s a pedestrian walkway that takes you over to the architecturally magnificent Union Station showcased in the Vol-041-B color palette.

The Chihuly blown glass pieces are from hisĀ  Seaforms and Persian collection… Absolutely Stunning!!!

Doug, the kids and I had the pleasure of visiting the Chihuly Glass Museum on a gorgeous sunny day this past August, and were awestruck by the colors and forms as the sunlight streamed through the colored glass forms.

Obviously, Willow and Doug were madly snapping photos, as I was oo’ing and ahhing, saying… get this shotoh, get these onesthis set here is so gorgeousooo, don’t miss those ones!! There really were unlimited possibilities for great pictures, I think poor Fisher thought we would never leave!

Any way, I picked one of the photos Doug took, as the inspiration for next month’s Vol-042 A-series color recipes. With so many great shots taken that day, and with so many different color ways, don’t be surprised to see more palettes in the future, created from Chihuly’s fabulous works of art.

The following recipes for this Vol-042 A-series color palette will be added to the Polymer Clay Members Library in November 2011:

  • Steel Blue (Recipe 042-1A)
  • Yellow Tourmaline (Recipe 042-2A)
  • Amber (light) (Recipe 042-3A)
  • Amber (dark) (Recipe 042-4A)

Steel Blue is the dark rich Blue, drawn from the striped blue almost Bull Kelp formed piece in the center of the photo. Yellow Tourmaline is the deep Earthy Yellow found in the Golden spotted flower/jellyfish form. Amber (light) is the Gold-Orange of the spotsĀ  on the yellow form and Amber (dark) is the darker even richer Orange of the jellyfish/mushroom shaped form nestled beside it.

Awesome colors as always. I love that you always share a story with your color palette. Makes me feel like I am right there with you naming these wonderful new shades. Thank you both Cindy and Doug, for everything you do for all of us. ~Peggy-B

Your colors are so beautiful! One of my clay resolutions for the new year is to use only custom colors from the library in my creations — as much as possible, anyway. Can’t wait to add these to the choices. ~Elizabeth-S

Well, decided to give polymer clay a try again. Got sidetracked with other things but recently started reading the blog and watching all the videos again. I was just going to start to make the color recipes and like so many here, Cindy’s color mixing video will now make that task easier. I am so glad to read Cindy’s remarks regarding her reason for starting The Polymer Clay Tutor and that was to help beginners. I can see that this is the best place to be-))) ~Catherine-R


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  1. Joyce Folsom, 17 October, 2011

    Beyond lovely is what these colors are, Cindy. Looks like they will make up some awesome Pandora style beads. The colors look to be “see through”. Looking forward to seeing what you will show us with these beautiful colors.

  2. Tantesherry, 17 October, 2011

    Beautiful just beautiful…

  3. Lupe Meter, 17 October, 2011

    These is a beautiful palette! The steel blue really sets the other colors off beautifully!

  4. Freda K, 17 October, 2011

    What a surprise to see the name of the palette for this month. I just read a book and the woman had to sell her Chihuli chandelier to meet expenses. I had no idea what a Chihuli chandelier was. Now I know why she was so devastated to sell it.

  5. Pollyanna, 17 October, 2011

    Love all of these colors. Chihuly has been a favorite. He has a great sense of color.

  6. Maria, 17 October, 2011

    Chihuly — love his work! Exciting color palette folks, thanks!

  7. Peggy Barnes, 17 October, 2011

    I for one hope we see many more color palettes from this inspiration. Love his work and perfect time of year for these wonderfully inspired colors. Thanks for another artful adventure into your color world.

  8. Julia P, 20 October, 2011

    Love the colors! My husband and I love Chihuly. We’ve seen a few exhibits of his here in Ohio.

  9. pattw35, 20 October, 2011

    Been out of touch this week. Just saw this amazing palette. Love trans colors – and these just shine. Chihuly colors are so inspiring, just had to comment – ;D

  10. Phaedrakat, 20 October, 2011

    My-oh-MY, Cindy — this palette is just stunning! I always enjoy reading these stories…describing the inspiration behind your amazing color recipes, they draw us into your color world so well. This was an especially cool ride, and it made me envious of your trip & the awesome sights you took in! I LOVE all the Chihuly glass I’ve seen, unfortunately, it’s only been in photos (or occasional video.) I look forward to more of these yummy recipes!

    Hmmm, the translucent quality just made me wonder…will these recipes finally force me to order the new Premo translucent colors? (I usually just tint “frost”.)

  11. Phaedrakat, 20 October, 2011

    BTW, I’m embarrassed to say I had to look up “Bull Kelp” (from your color descriptions, in the above post.) You’re right — the form that you based “Steel Blue” on does have a similar shape. I’ve seen kelp 100’s of times, but never knew that name. So thanks for that — I always enjoy learning new things! ;D

  12. Cindy Lietz, 20 October, 2011

    Thanks guys for all your great comments! I am really glad you are enjoying this color palette.

    Although these colors are based on the glass colors, the recipes are opaque not translucent. I just couldn’t get that clear look of the glass with the Frost, so just decided to make the colors opaque.

    Once you have the recipes, you could experiment in using tiny amounts of the colors, mixed into translucent if you wanted. Wouldn’t look exactly like the glass but would still be cool looking.

    My wish is that Premo someday comes out with a clearer clay. I know that some of the other clays (Pardo and I believe Cernit) have come up with a clearer translucent, But those brands aren’t as available to everyone like Premo is so until a clearer one comes along in Premo, we will just have to settle for frost.

    I think you’re going to love the richness of these colors though. They will make wonderful Fall and Winter Jewelry pieces!

  13. Linda K., 25 October, 2011

    What an interesting story, Cindy, and I love the photo. You’re so right–it would be great if Premo came out with a clearer clay.

  14. Cherie, 31 October, 2011

    Stunning colors! The steel blue really sets off the other colors. It would be fantastic if Premo came out with a more translucent clay. I’m just itching to get back into making my jewelry. It’s two weeks we’ve moved and I think I’ve done quite a bit of settling in but I have to get some cabinets and stuff to get my work place organized – I’m not having it all over anymore; that was too stressful.

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