Polymer Clay Color Recipes | Maple Pods Palette [Premo Sculpey]

Maple Pods Polymer Clay Color Palette

1B: Rose Dust
Maple Pod
Mulled Wine
Mist Yellow

Helicopters or Propellers is what we called these Maple Tree Seed Pods when I was little. In the back yard of the home I grew up in, was a huge Maple Tree we used to climb. The leaves were the size of dinner plates and there were Maple Helicopters by the millions.

That tree was so tall! From the top, we could see for miles… even as far as the pulp mill where my Dad worked over 30 minutes drive from where our home. Truth be told, if it weren’t for the smoke stacks at the mill, we would never have been able to pick it out against the landscape. But it still feels cool, thinking about climbing that tree to see where Dad was during the day.

Any way… in the Fall when the seed pods formed, we would pick the pods and snap them in two. Creating two twirling helicopters that would spin to the ground as we dropped them from the treetop. Sheer bliss!

Gosh, with all that is going on now in my hectic life, memories such as these bring a yearning for simple, peaceful times… like those were. Where the cool Autumn breeze blew in my hair. The smell from piles of leaves and wood burning stoves, wafted through the air. And hours were spent dropping propellers from the sky and watching for Dad across the landscape to come home from a hard day’s work.

So naturally, when I saw a pile of Maple Pods on the sidewalk, I just had to bring them home for Doug to photograph and then use the picture to put together a color recipe palette for all of you. Let it be a reminder of when life was slower, simpler and so darn peaceful!

The recipes for each of the following 4 Fall colors will be released during the month of October in Volume-029 [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.

  • Rose Dust (Recipe 029-1B)
  • Maple Pod (Recipe 029-2B)
  • Mulled Wine (Recipe 029-3B)
  • Mist Yellow (Recipe 029-4B)

Rose Dust is the pale Rose color found in the veins of the Maple tree pod. Maple Pod is the mid range shade of Coral most dominant in the propeller shaped pods. Mulled Wine is the deep wine color on the fringes of the Maple wings. And Mist Yellow is the palest Cream Yellow of the faded areas on the pods, washed away by the Sun.

The recipes described above are from the Volume-029 B-Series Palette. They are free to download, for everyone subscribed to my Polymer Clay Guest List.

If you want to see the Volume-029 A-Series Color Palette that paid library members will also receive during the month of Oct., then click here: Polymer Clay Color Recipes | Beach Pebbles Palette

Thanks for the recipes Cindy! Getting a tried and true recipe for a certain colour is a real time-saver, no guess work or experimenting required. Not that experimental colours don’t come in handy, but if you want that ‘just so’ colour, recipes are so appreciated. ~Tina-H

Recipes that someone has already taken the time to figure out are WONDERFUL! Thank you Cindy. ~Kim-C

How very useful – thank you! I confess to only recently beginning to use my own colour mixes. I just was never brave enough before – your mixes make life even more easy – and less stressful – and now I feel even braver ;) ~Julz-M

Being a very avid nature girl myself, I love the way your color recipes link to nature and the stories you tell about each one. Your stories are told in a way that make us feel like we’re right there with you, and you taught me to tune in more to my surroundings, always watching for inspiration no matter where I am. We’ve got a trip to our cabin planned for this weekend and I can’t wait – got a feeling I may see some fall color starting to happen! ~Tanya-L


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  1. Anna Sabina, 27 September, 2010

    What a cool story. We used to peel the seed end open,the inside was sticky enough to make them stick on our noses. I too yearn for those simple days when we had to make our own fun. No cable TV, no internet, no cell phone texting, no video games. Having to learn to entertain ourselves in the non-tech world. Using Buttercup flowers to see the yellow reflection on our chin, looking for 4 leaf clovers, acorn fights, flash light tag, playing “Army” with sticks and lots of rat-a-tatting noise. Our parents biggest warning was “If you don’t stop that someone is going to get an eye poked out.”
    Oh, joys the of of simplicity.


  2. Joyce M, 27 September, 2010

    Another winsome colorful story Cindy. With today’s rocky roads there is always a place to go for respit…your blog with the color palettes. Always a fun place to visit and join you in fond memories that can trigger memories in our own growing up years. Thank you, Cindy, for taking us along down memory lane. And now on to take hold of inspirations abounding from these truly beautiful colors!

  3. Melinda Herron, 27 September, 2010

    These colors are gorgeous! I’m truly excited about this palette! So inspirational as well… I loved making those helicopters as a kid and was so excited to show my boys the wonders of those seed pods during walks in the fall!

  4. Tanya L, 27 September, 2010

    Beautiful, beautiful fall color palette again this week Cindy! Can’t wait to add it to my collection! And I was right! The leaves were starting to change (the hubby argued with me on the way.. LOL!!) and the smell of autumn was in the air.. It’s funny, because I was examining the “propellers” myself this weekend, along with the acorns, chestnuts, walnuts, pine cones, almost completely black (YIKES!!) furry caterpillars, etc.. all the signs of fall we’ve come to look for each year.

  5. Jeanne C., 27 September, 2010

    Ah yes a stroll through memory lane! We had 2 big maple trees in our back yard that I would climb and whirl the pods down, that was such fun! Jumping in leave piles, gathering acorns so we could use the caps as whistles and capturing fire flies. Realy good times. :)

    I LOVE the color palette and look forward to useing them in up coming designs. Thank you guys!! :)

  6. Koolbraider, 27 September, 2010

    We used to call them helicopters. I can remember seeing them fall in the schoolyard. Memories, memories. Cindy, it was wonderful reading the story behind the colors. Dusty Rose (as it’s usually named in yarn colors) has always been my favorite. Am looking forward to how you will be using these.

  7. pollyanna, 27 September, 2010

    Love this color palette.

  8. Linda K., 27 September, 2010

    Cindy, I love the memories you’ve awakened with this blog! We played with those pods, too, but they were green. For some reason I thought they fell in the spring, but then again, it was a LO-O-ONG time ago. I do remember that we called them “noses” because, as Anna said, we used to peel open the pods and stick them on our noses.

    I love this pallette–I love all things pink. Hey, Ken, this pallette looks like it would work for Stargazer Lilies.

  9. Ken H, 27 September, 2010

    @ Linda K – I was thinking that too, but wanted to wait and see it on my better monitor at home, this one at work doesn’t really show the colors true as they mix up.

  10. Phaedrakat, 27 September, 2010

    Stunning — this palette is gorgeous! It might just be one of my absolute favorites! Wish I could mix it up right now, but I’m extreeemmmly busy (and stressed out of my mind!) Ah, to be in those simpler times…or at least, to have my hands buried in clay, letting my cares wash away as I create Cindy’s unique blends. Thanks for the peaceful and happy memories…love all that you do, Ms. Tutor!

  11. Cherie, 27 September, 2010

    Thanks for the awesome palette and the story to go with it. Though I grew up in India, it certainly triggered memories too and made me yearn for those relaxed , peaceful days. We had TV the month before I married, 25 years ago; my dad – an artist had been abroad on work and brought one home. My soon to be husband too had bought a tv too on his trip; he used to work as a telecommunications officer on a ship. I remember playing with my brother and sisters board games, tag, and sitting with mom and doing crafts; christmas decorations, flowers,etc. Thanks again Cindy. Dusty rose is one of my favorite colors.

  12. Cherie, 27 September, 2010

    Does anyone else have this happen – I have a list of wordpress database error with a lot of computer stuff where the blog updates are on the right hand side of the page.

  13. Cherie, 27 September, 2010

    Ok; it’s back. That was weird; never happened before.

  14. carolyn, 29 September, 2010

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading about your tree climbing days! Reminded me of mine and the peacefulness of being up high … above all the problems. Thank you so much for sharing.

  15. Loretta Carstensen, 29 September, 2010

    I wasn’t fortunate enough to live in an area where you had “helicopter” leaves, but I love the color pallet and look forward to making something pretty with it.

  16. Kim Matthews, 19 March, 2021

    Hi Cindy,
    I really enjoyed your story about the helicopters. Just last summer, I showed my grandson how to make these from the neighbor’s tree. I got moved to Los Angeles when I was 10, so they weren’t quite as common, but when I was in my 40s and in college for journalism I showed the kids in class how to make them. I found it very funny that they were 20+ years old and had never played with these. Thanks for another great palette.


  17. Cindy Lietz, 22 March, 2021

    You are so welcome Kim! Your story reminds me of how I have always wanted to see Fireflies. When I finally do, I imagine I’ll will be like a kid in their 50’s who has never experienced a simple yet very cool wonder from nature. So similar to the helicopter thing! <3

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