Polymer Clay Color Recipes | Curiosity Cactus Flower (Premo)

Curiosity Cactus Polymer Clay Color Palette

1B – Curiosity
2B – Lime Margarita
3B – Cactus Pollen
4B – Rosita

This gorgeous cactus flower photo was taken by Jeanne Collins from her back yard in Arizona. Jeanne follows this blog and is also a subscriber at the members library. Last month in another post, she brought up some great ideas about doing custom color palettes. Here’s how our conversation went:

JEANNE: Beautiful colors! I’m glad you can envision colors. Nature is a great source for inspiration and living in Arizona I enjoy the earth tones of the desert, the wonderful colors from our cactus and wildflowers, the color influence from Mexico and of course the sunsets. Trying to duplicate them is a tough one for me. Have you ever considered doing a southwest color palette? Wouldn’t it be fun to do a series on colors from around the world, tulips from Holland, the waters of Aruba, colors from the rainforest! Wow one could stay a wake all night just dreaming up colors. As a very new clayer I find your website very informative, you’re a very gifted person.

CINDY: Jeanne doing color palettes from around the world is a wonderful idea! I’ll have to dig through my husband’s photos of Europe and see if I can find ones for inspiration. If you have any colorful Arizona photos I could post I would be happy to make up a palette for everyone with it.

JEANNE: I will go through my photos and send you some. Another idea would be doing a wildlife series, tropical birds, lions, tigers etc. I would be very interested in learning how to make canes in animal skin designs for a “Safari” look. :) What do you think?

CINDY: That would be great Jeanne! There are all kinds of animal print canes that can be done. Am hoping to make some tutorials on those sometime!

Well as you can see by today’s post, Jeanne did send some cactus flower photos. The actual recipes for each of the 4 colors in this B-Series custom palette will be released during the month of May [Volume-012]. Everyone who is subscribed to my Polymer Clay Guest List will be able to download them for free.

By the way, the cactus in today’s photo is commonly know as the Curiosity Cactus. And it’s Latin name is Cereus Peruvianus Monstrose.

For those of you who are not very familiar with cactus’, they are prickly desert plants that bloom after there has been heavy rains in the spring. They are a oasis of delicate beauty in a harsh and hostile environment. Breathtaking to behold!

Can you imagine what it would be like to have such a stunning flower in your own garden? Jeanne sent a few other cactus flower pictures as well. I will use them for additional color palettes down the road. So stay tuned….

Thanks again Jeanne for sending your pics. I know they will be such an inspiration to everyone here!

The colors I chose for this Curiosity Cactus palette, were based on the flower’s petals and the brightly colored stamens:

  • Curiosity (Recipe 012-1B)
  • Lime Margarita (Recipe 012-2B)
  • Cactus Pollen (Recipe 012-3B)
  • Rosita (Recipe 012-4B)

“Curiosity” is the deep pink of the outer petals and“Rosita” is the soft delicate pink of the inner petals. “Lime Margarita” is the vibrant green in the flower’s center and “Cactus Pollen” is the dusty yellow at the tips of the stamen.

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  1. Cindy Lietz, 27 April, 2009

    If anyone else would like to submit photos for using in future color palettes, just let me know below. I’ll then respond to you via email and provide further instructions on how to get the photos to me.

  2. Sue Werner, 27 April, 2009

    What a great idea! This palette is absolutely beautiful.
    This is a very fun way to get inspired after the long cold winter. Flowers! Can’t wait to try them in some beads.

  3. Cindy Lietz, 29 April, 2009

    Thanks Sue! That sure was a long cold winter wasn’t it?! Glad its over. The weather is fantastic now!

  4. Jeanne, 04 May, 2009

    I love the colors you made from the cactus flower. The cactus had it’s first flower of the season yesterday.

    Thank you for all the helpful information. I love your site!

  5. Joyce, 04 May, 2009

    Hi Cindy! Taking your course definitely showed me how much I don’t know about polymer clay. Being a complete newbie, I found every video extremely helpful. Before I had no idea about different brands, how to make even size beads, how to not get fingerprints, I didn’t even know beads needed to be sanded and finished. Until I get get further into my bead making, I can’t think of a thing to add….. Except I am anxiously waiting for your cane making video series!

  6. Cindy Lietz, 04 May, 2009

    Thanks Jeanne for sending me the photo!! What a beautiful flower. It would be fun to re-create it using these colors. I can see some lovely teardrop blends from green to yellow and from white to pink, can’t you?

  7. Casey F, 02 November, 2019

    Hi Cindy. I am subscribed to your newsletter but can only get the first recipe? Curiosity Recipe 012-1B.

    Is there something I am doing wrong?

    :) Many thanks!


  8. Cindy Lietz, 02 November, 2019

    You are not doing anything wrong Casey. You will get the next color in the series, next week, and so on, and so on.

    Be sure to download the recipe cards to your computer when my email newsletters arrive in your inbox each Friday. The links do expire after a couple of weeks, so you need to be diligent about grabbing them while they are available.

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