Pine Cone Palette | Premo Color Recipes Vol-067-A

Pine Cone Palette by Polymer Clay Tutor1-A: Pine Wood
2-A: Pine Nut

3-A: Pine Cone
4A: Pine Tree

One piece of nature that I always link with Christmas Time… besides Holly Berries, Mistletoe, Poinsettia and Cedar Boughs of course… is the equally as beautiful Pine Cone.

So when I was looking through the photos trying to decide on the perfect image for the December 2013 Color Palette, I settled on this great close up photo  of a pine cone that Doug shot on our Pct Roadtrip this Past Summer.

It’s funny how looking at this picture makes me think of two seasons at the same time… the Summer when this photo was taken, and the Winter when I enjoy the basket of pine cones I have by my fireplace.

There is something so cozy about a big basket of Pine Cones, sitting by the fireplace. Just the thought of tossing one in the fire to smell the woodsy aroma of the pine sap as it bubbles and snaps on the burning pine cone, makes me want to curl up with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book, and sit awhile.

I love the complex textures and the earthy neutral colors that are found in pinecones. They come in all sizes and shapes… some thick and spiky… some small with thin petals… and some not even actually from a pine tree at all.

I hope you enjoy this beautiful Winter 2013 color palette for the Vol-067-A recipe series!

Pine Cone Palette by Polymer Clay Tutor

The following Vol-067 A-series Pine Cone Color Palette will be added to the Polymer Clay Members Library at the beginning of December 2013:

  • Pine Wood (Recipe 067-1A)
  • Pine Nut (Recipe 067-2A)
  • Pine Cone (Recipe 067-3A)
  • Pine Tree (Recipe 067-4A)


 Pine Wood is the soft yellow brown found on the inside ‘petals’ of the pine cone. Pine Nut is the pale cream found in the highlights of the cone tips. Pine Cone is the purple brown of the stripes on the petals and is the main color of the pine cone when it is closed. And Pine Tree is not only the color of the tree that this cone fell off of, but also the green color found on the tips of the petals as well.

Nature is so inspiring – just ask the lowly snail!! Color is everywhere – Cindy you teach us how to “LOOK”. Thanks for all your hard work!!!!!!! ~Patt-W

Great video Cindy. I just mixed 347 of your color recipes and learned a lot about color saturation. I also learned that just because one color looks similar to another it does not produce the results you are expecting. I would love to see more videos on color mixing and saturation. ~DixieAnn-S

Hi Cindy! Thanks for all your beautiful color palettes and the videos. I’ve been showing off about 2 dozen beads and other things that I’ve made with the Aurora Technique with my girlfriends at work, and they just LOVE them! Maybe they’ll get tired of me showing off all the time, and join your classes themselves! ~Naomi-D


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  1. Cherie H, 18 November, 2013

    Love this palette as i love pine cones. We used to toss them in the fire when camping. I have a basket too near the fireplace with pine cones.

  2. Phaedrakat, 19 November, 2013

    Gorgeous palette! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted here at the blog, although I keep up with the tutorials, color recipes, YouTube videos, etc. I read the posts here from time to time, though I certainly need to comment more often. Unfortunately, my chronic pain issues & other stuff keep me from being active here the way I used to. I really miss all my “Cindy friends,” so I just wanted to say a quick “Hello” to everyone! :) Plus, a “Thanks for everything” to Cindy & the Lietz gang–this site just keeps getting better! It’s strange (since I’m not responsible, lol,) but I feel so proud of Cindy & Doug…they’ve made the PCT brand awesome as ever!

  3. Cindy Lietz, 19 November, 2013

    Phaedrakat, it is so wonderful to hear from you! I think of you often and also miss the days when you were very active around here. I am so sorry to hear that you are still battling so much pain. It really seems unfair that such a lovely and giving person, should be faced with such adversity.

    It is encouraging though to know that you are still following along and that you can find some escape through polymer clay. Thanks for your kind words about what we have done here over the years. I am happy that you see improvement over time and not the other way around! :)

    And btw you (and so many loyal members like you) ARE responsible for any success that we may have! Without you, I’d just be a crazy clayer alone in my studio yammering on about polymer clay and Doug would be doing something else… probably something that would make him a little less crazy, come to think of it! LOL

  4. Jocelyn C, 19 November, 2013

    Kat!!! So wonderful to see you posting, I have missed you very much. Hope you can continue….

  5. elaine faulks, 17 December, 2013

    Hi Kat,
    Good to see you posting again, we have all missed you. If you shook me I think I would rattle with all the pain-killers and other tablets I have to take!. (Lost all feeling in my first and second fingers so have not been active myself and missing claying.)

    Love all manner of cones (except traffic cones) hee hee. From the huge Cedar right down to the tiny Larch.
    At the moment I am spraying some cones gold, others silver and sparkly and some white tipped.I had my dining room re-vamped and had five floating shelves put up. I am going to decorate them with greenery, cones, nuts and fruits. I could not find a Christmas tree I liked so constructed one from Yew branches. Now it has fairy lights and polymer clay ornaments and baubles and just fits in a corner. Don’t you just love this time of year?

    This color palette brings back so many happy memories of walks in the woods with DH and it will not be the same without him this year, but I will light a special candle and remember lovely Christmas’es past.
    So a BIG thanks to Cindy Doug Fisher and Willow, for all your hard work.
    Bless you all, have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year…..cheers xxxx………

  6. Cindy Lietz, 18 December, 2013

    Your decorations sound lovely Elaine!! Wish I could pop by and share some tea with you and enjoy your decor in person. (Love how you English call your strings of lights Fairy Lights! Sounds so magical!)

    Merry Christmas to you! I know this will be an emotional one for you without your dear sweet husband, but know that we love you and are thinking of you. You are a kind and special lady and you bring us all joy with your wonderful and witty words.

    Hope the new year brings you happiness and health. And that your strength returns you to many hours of blissful claying!

  7. Karonkay, 17 December, 2013

    Oh, Kat. How lovely of you to stop in and comment. I have missed you. Sorry to hear you are having so much pain. I hope you have a lovely holiday season and can pop in here once in awhile. Do take care of yourself.

  8. Shawn W, 22 November, 2013

    Thanks & keep up the good work! Love, love, LOVE the videos!

  9. Sherry W, 22 November, 2013

    Yes I have learned so much from your videos. I know they’re not easy to do, so thank you for educating all of us. Happy holidays.

  10. Alison C, 22 November, 2013

    Thank you Cindy… your stuff is fantastic! And you thoroughly explain things… The best kind of teacher :)

  11. Brianna Perez, 16 December, 2013

    For mixing clay, I use Sculpey not premo. Do you think I can still do the mixing color pallets.

    Thanks, Brianna

  12. Cindy Lietz, 18 December, 2013

    Hi Brianna, if you want to use these recipes, you must use Premo clay, otherwise you won’t get the same results. Premo is a much stronger clay than Sculpey III. I would suggest you switch over if you can. If you wait for sales you can get it at the same price, and I think you will really appreciate the higher quality. All my recipes are in premo as well. Which would be another good reason to switch. :)

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