Polymer Clay Color Recipes | Ice Cave Palette (Premo Sculpey)

Ice Cave Polymer Clay Color Palette

1B: Ice Cave
2B: Glacier
3B: Lavender Ice
4B: Snowy Owl

This stunning photograph was taken by my talented husband Doug, at the base of a secluded 30′ waterfall on the mountain just above some property we own near Hope, BC, Canada. The year it froze like this was a particularly cold one, and the resulting caves were truly amazing to see.

Doug and I actually lived out on the property for 7 years, but when Willow and Fisher (our kids) came along, we decided to move closer into civilization where the bears and cougars couldn’t get at them :-)   It was an exciting, young time in our life that taught us a great deal about nature and survival.

Any way… this is such an amazing Wintry photograph, I just had to use it for a color palette. Even though the colors are somewhat similar to the colors from the Volume-019 B-series Blue Spruce Color Palette, they are all different recipes and look very lovely together. So I think you will enjoy them.

Cindy, this new palette is gorgeous. I love the way you key your selections to the natural world. Thank you for sharing them! ~Jocelyn-C

The recipes for each of the following 4 winter colors will be released during the month of January in Volume-020 [B-series]. Everyone who is subscribed to my Polymer Clay Guest List will be able to download them for free. They will be emailed to you one per week on Friday Mornings throughout the month of January:


  • Ice Cave (Recipe 020-1B)
  • Glacier (Recipe 020-2B)
  • Lavender Ice (Recipe 020-3B)
  • Snowy Owl (Recipe 020-4B)


Ice Cave is the turquoise-y blue of the ice around the mouth of the cave. Glacier is the softer lighter blue of the highlights in the ice. Lavender Ice is the color I imagine would shine through the ice when the sun hits from just the right angle. And Snowy Owl is the color of the only creature I think would be brave enough to swoop down for a drink from the icy falls.

Hi Cindy. I just love the way you described each of these colors. I felt so inspired after reading it. You are unbelievable and so talented in so many different things. ~Helen-S


The recipe names listed above are from the Volume-020 B-Series. They are free for everyone who is subscribed to my Polymer Clay Guest List. If you want to see the Volume-020 A-Series Color Palette that will be released in January for paid library members, then click on the following link: Polymer Clay Color Recipes | Salmon Pearls Palette

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  1. Josie, 30 December, 2009

    Hi Cindy
    Looking forward to all these new recipes they look fab. Happy New Year to you and your family.
    lol Josie

  2. Sue Werner, 30 December, 2009

    Hi Cindy,

    Thank you so much for updating my acct. I would hate to miss even one of the Friday videos especially since I am now on winter break from my school job and I have time to “carve” away (bad pun :-o ).

    And Cindy, I want to wish you and your family a wonderful and blessed new year. I am so grateful to have found your site and to have become a member. I can’t tell you how impressed I am with the quality of the instruction you provide which is so packed with tips, information and encouragement I wonder how you do it!

    And the videos are so professionally done! Although I did sign up for your beginners course (which was very helpful), I think anyone could pick up any lesson and be successful with it. And it continues to improve all the time.

    I was so flattered that you took my suggestion to list the supplies we need for the upcoming video, thank you so much! All that and personal attention to the blog, to our account problems, encouraging the growth of a new community…well I could gush on.

    Your site membership would be a bargain at twice the price (or more)! Thank you for a wonderful part of my 2009 and I hope, to a long continuing virtual relationship.

    I look forward to what 2010 will bring!
    Most sincerely,

  3. Cindy Lietz, 30 December, 2009

    @Josie – Thanks for the well wishes. Happy New Year to you and your family too!!!

    @Sue – Anytime you want to “gush on” please be my guest. I love it that you are getting such great value through your involvement as a paid member. All the best to in 2010 too!!!

    @Everyone – In regards to the “carve” away (bad pun :-o ) reference that Sue made above, you can click the link by my name to see what she is talking about.

  4. Eri Attebery, 30 December, 2009


    Those are beautiful colors, and what an amazing picture! Wish I could get my husband to take photos like that! :)

    I hope you have a happy new year and I look forward to more great videos next year.

  5. Cindy Lietz, 31 December, 2009

    Hi Eri – It’s always great to hear from you! Wanted to let you know that I got your follow up email as well… and that I am constantly tossing around ideas in my head about how we can make it work for us to do something together, in some way. One of my big big big goals for 2010 is to figure out how to get more done in in less time. My husband (Doug) and I have been going along trying to manage everything on our own. And so far that has been working. But it’s getting to the point where we need to hire some help… hopefully soon. I hate not being able to participate in new and exciting opportunities due to lack of time. But I’m sure you and your husband know all about these challenges too.

  6. Bonnie, 03 January, 2010

    Hi Cindy,

    I was wondering, how do you add a picture to the website? I went to profile but couldn’t find a way to do it. I’m missing something. I’ll try again today.

    Thanks again, you are so inspiring.

  7. Cindy Lietz, 03 January, 2010

    Hi Bonnie,

    To add your picture so that it shows up beside your name for each comment you make here at the blog, that is done using the Gravatar service. Click on the link by my name for further instructions. It is very quick and easy to do.

    You can also use “gravatar” as the keyword in the search box to find other comments where members have been discussing this topic. Looking forward to seeing your photo soon.

    To add photos of your projects to comments you make… you will need to email me the photos and it is something that I have to post manually for you.

  8. Bonnie, 03 January, 2010

    I went to Gravatar but someone already had my name so let’s see if this works.

  9. Bonnie, 03 January, 2010

    Not sure why this isn’t working. Must not like my picture. I think I fried my brain.

  10. Cindy Lietz, 04 January, 2010

    It’s good to see you Bonnie! Glad you got it figured out.

  11. Jocelyn, 04 January, 2010

    Is it possible to make a cane of the spiral to use in lamination?

  12. Cindy Lietz, 06 January, 2010

    I’m sorry Jocelyn, but I’m not really sure what you are asking. Can you give me more info?

  13. Jocelyn, 06 January, 2010

    Can a cane be made that incorporates the spiral on the top of lentil beads, so that you could use slices of it to make fabric patterns?

  14. Tiffany, 13 January, 2010

    Do you have or know how to obtain a color comparison chart for the different brands used? I know you usually use premo in your recipes, but I can’t always get the same colors in premo. Sometimes I have to go for a different brand, and was just wondering if there was a chart out there that compared the colors.

  15. Bonnie, 13 January, 2010

    Cindy, I just sent you a color and quality appearance chart that I found some time ago about all the clays. Maybe it will help Tiffany.

  16. Bonnie, 13 January, 2010

    I just read Tiffany’s comment again. The chart I sent isn’t really about color as much as it about comparison of the clays to each other.

  17. Cindy Lietz, 13 January, 2010

    @Bonnie: Thanks for trying to help Tiffany.

    @Tiffany: Unfortunately, there really aren’t any comparison charts that will work. Each brand has different concentrations of pigments and although one color mayl look similar, it won’t mix the same. It’s too bad, since a chart like that would be helpful.

    @Jocelyn: More unfortunate news for you too. A lentil simply won’t convert into a cane. The spiral happens when color is drawn up from the sides and pulled into the center. If you cut into a lentil you will see the spiral is only on the outside and hasn’t continued on to the inside. But that would be a fun way to make a cane if it were possible.

  18. Jocelyn, 14 January, 2010

    Umm, boy, I am glad I didn’t read that until after I tried. Got sick of trying to get the spiral off the lentils with a blade, so I started making “wave” canes, and some of them duplicated the spiral effect I was seeking. Have to roll them thin in the beginning then fat at the end, like a nautilus shell. The slices make lovely laminating fabric.

  19. Phaedrakat, 14 March, 2010

    @Jocelyn: I can see how that might work, way to persevere! I can’t believe it — before you thought of the wave cane, were you rolling lentil beads just to cut off the spiral part for your PC fabric? If so, it’s no wonder you were persistant! Smart thinking, though, that was a tough one!

  20. Cindy Lietz, 14 January, 2010

    Sounds Pretty Jocelyn. Would love to see that!

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