Polymer Clay Color Recipes | Pearl Hydrangea Color Palette

Pearl Hydrangea Color Palette

1A – Pink Hydrangea
2A – Purple Hyacinth
3A – Mint Tea
4A – Chamomile Tea

With Spring just around the corner, flowers are the perfect inspiration for a new spring color palette. What could be prettier than the shimmery colors of these lovely Peegee Hydrangea blossoms (they’re from my 2008 garden blooms).

Semi transparent, these delicate pastel colors would be perfect for making polymer clay flower canes as well as handmade flower beads.

The polymer clay recipes for this Spring color palette will be added to the members library starting next month (Volume-010, March 2009). They will be included in the Pearl Hydrangea Palette and referenced as:

  • Pink Hydrangea (Recipe 010-1A)
  • Purple Hyacinth (Recipe 010-2A)
  • Mint Tea (Recipe 010-3A)
  • Chamomile Tea (Recipe 010-4A)

Besides making polymer clay flowers with this palette, it is equally suitable for sculpting tiny clay cupcakes, making into Easter eggs or even using in a mokume gane technique.

“Pink Hydrangea” is the sparkly pink shade caressing the tips of the Hydrangea blossoms. “Purple Hyacinth” is the deeper shade along the rim. “Mint Tea” is the soft pearly petals that have not yet changed their color. And “Chamomile Tea” is the pale yellow of the pollen coated stamens.

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  1. Cindy Erickson, 20 February, 2009

    Beautiful color combination! They remind me of Easter and Spring for sure!

    Looking forward to the recipes.

    Thanks :) Cindy E.

  2. lynn watts, 21 February, 2009


  3. Cindy Lietz, 21 February, 2009

    @Cindy: Yeah they are pretty! Been thinking of making some cupcake beads with this palette since the colors remind me of icing! :-)

    @Lynn: You’re welcome! I know it can take a while to learn how to color mix so giving away these recipes is my way of helping out. I’m glad you like them!

    @Illaya: In regards to the Alcohol Ink question you asked over at the Modified Skinner Blend post [the link by my name above goes to your original question]… I like to spread out the ink on the clay and let dry for a minute or two so it no longer looks wet. Then mix it into the clay until blended. You’ll probably want to use gloves for this since it is pretty messy. Rubbing alcohol will get it off your hands if you do get it on you. So don’t worry. Add more drops if you need more color.

  4. lynn watts, 24 February, 2009

    I am totally embarrassed, I had no idea about all capital letters in meaning to shout. I am new to the computer world and not computer savvy, I ask you all to forgive my ignorance, I meant no harm. Thank-You to the person whom corrected me on my mistake. I have not any friends so I am learning things on my own and not doing such a good job at it to boot. Thanks again for your kindness. Lynn Watts

  5. Cindy Lietz, 24 February, 2009

    Lynn – don’t be too hard on yourself. You have lots of friends here that aren’t going to let a few capital letters change how much we all appreciate you and your wonderful contributions. You are a sweetheart.

  6. Jenny Wang, 25 February, 2009

    Your post makes me interest to learn making the polymer and flower beads. I love to make handcrafts and I personally made bookmark, bracelet,necklace and hook. Thanks for sharing us.

  7. Cindy Lietz, 26 February, 2009

    You’re very welcome Jenny! I bet the things you’ve made are very pretty!

  8. JEANNE, 02 March, 2009

    Beautiful colors! I’m glad you can invision 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.


  9. Cindy Lietz, 03 March, 2009

    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.

  10. JEANNE, 05 March, 2009

    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?


  11. Cindy Lietz, 05 March, 2009

    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!

  12. Ken H., 24 May, 2009

    New question on proportions?

    For these colors that use the inks, what size is your one part clay for one drop of ink, I would think that this would make a difference since the concentration of ink to clay would vary by how much clay was used as a part. Also I just priced out the inks and discovered that there are other sets of inks in this line, as soon as I can, I’m going to experiment, substituting one drop of these other colors for the butterscotch,stream and plum just to see what I will get.

  13. Cindy Lietz, 29 May, 2009

    Hi Ken, sorry to take so long getting back to you. Hopefully you subscribed to the comments so you will get email notification.

    As far as the amounts of ink you will need, that will of course determine how much clay you used. I put 1+ drops because you start at one and add drops until you get it where you want it. Don’t worry about being too precise, since you are only adding it to translucent you can’t really mess up. When you are adding more than one color of ink just add the amount evenly and you will be fine.

    FYI Everyone: It’s not a bad idea whenever you comment, make sure to check the box under the comment saying to notify you of follow up comments. This will keep you in the loop should you ask a question or someone else does.

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