Polymer Clay Color Recipes | Vintage Ornaments | Christmas Theme

Vintage Christmas Ornament Polymer Clay Colors

Brown Gingham Shirt | Suede Boots | Rusty Yarn Hair | Retro Green Hat:

Merry Christmas Everyone! Here’s a little color inspiration from the 60’s for you! The picture is of a vintage Christmas ornament from when my husband (Doug) was a little boy. It always adds wonderful nostalgia to our Christmas tree and to our family holiday festivities.

Being born in the 60’s myself, I have a soft spot for these “retro” items. What a darling little guy. Don’t you just love his outfit in those funky 60’s colors?

I sure do! So much so, I got inspired to make up some more polymer clay recipes for you. The colors remind me of Christmas’ past and of the magic I felt during Christmas as a kid.

The following clay color recipes will be added to the Members Library shortly:

  • Brown Gingham Shirt
  • Suede Boots
  • Rusty Yarn Hair
  • Retro Green Hat

Have a very Merry Christmas! Thank you so much for sharing your time and ideas here at this blog and I look forward to a bright new year of creativity together!

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  1. Cindy Lietz, 26 December, 2008

    I am taking a day or so off, so if I take awhile to respond to your comments or questions you should know I’m probably drinking eggnog and hanging out with my family! Have a great holiday!

  2. Cindy Erickson, 27 December, 2008

    Dear Cindy,

    I hope your Christmas was wonderful, magical, and filled with warmth, good spirits, and much abounding love!!! Enjoy your family!!! YOU CERTAINLY DESERVE IT :) :) :)

    Hugs to you,

    Cindy E.

  3. Cindy Lietz, 28 December, 2008

    Thank you Cindy! It was a pretty nice holiday! Got to spend time with both sides of the family, and spend lots of time with the kids. We had absolutely tons of snow and our first White Christmas in decades. Hope you had a great Christmas as well! You certainly deserve it too!!

  4. CraftyLinda, 30 December, 2008

    Cindy you sure did bring back memories! I was born before 1960 so remember this style well. Thanks for the reminder. I hope you had a great Christmas. Mine was, I got to see my son and family from Kentucky. We haven’t seen each other in months. So it was a nice treat.
    Thanks for the comment on my site. I do enjoy your site very much.

  5. Cindy Lietz, 30 December, 2008

    You’re welcome Linda! Sounds like you had a nice Christmas with your son! Have a happy and craft filled New Year!

  6. DebraT, 27 September, 2009

    I am starting to make my Christmas ornaments… I baked 2 … they are snowmen heads on a white disk… you know so I can personalize them with names… the heads are fine but the clay disks are brownish like they were starting to burn… and I want the glazed shiny look to the whole ornament… how do I fix these 2 problems?

    Thank you,

  7. Cindy Lietz, 27 September, 2009

    Good questions Debra. You’ll be happy to know those topics have been discussed at length here at the blog. So there is lots for you to read up on.

    The Search box at the top of the page will come in very handy for you. Use keywords like: burn, burnt, burned, scorch, white clay, hot spot, bake, baking, oven, glaze, shiny, varathane, future floor, clay brands, Christmas, ornaments, etc.

  8. Ken H, 07 December, 2010

    Since Cindy and Doug are busy with the payment system upgrade, this question is thrown out to all the PC Family here, would the Brown Gingham Shirt color make a good Gingerbread color or is there another of Cindy’s formulas that would work better. (obviously I don’t have all my chips made up yet, hangs head in shame)

  9. Maria, 07 December, 2010

    the “suede boots” look more appropriate, no? (and I’m in the same – Ididn’tfinishallmychipsclub, too ;)

  10. Ken H, 07 December, 2010

    @Maria: I’m not sure, I thought it a little darker than the suede boots color. I must be the only person who never did gingerbread for the holidays as a child.

  11. Cindy Lietz, 07 December, 2010

    @Ken H: Gingerbread can come in many different shades, depending on the recipe and the type of molasses and spices used. I have made it where is was quite dark and other times where it was quite light. What you could do is mix those two recipes together to get a good balance of the two. Also if you enter ‘gingerbread man’ into Google images, you will find examples that may help you more to get the color you’re looking for.

    A neat option would be to mix the Suede Boots Recipe and then add real spices to get a nice warm color. The spices in Gingerbread are Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Allspice and Cloves. Adding a little of each of these spices would make your gingerbread look (and smell) very realistic. Just an idea if you choose to use it!

  12. pollyanna, 07 December, 2010

    I’m with you Ken. I’d say the shirt. the boots are coming across a little too orange to me. I guess it depends on who’s baking the cookies….:)

  13. Ken H, 07 December, 2010

    I stumbled on pictures of PC gingerbread houses this morning and though wow how cool are they, there might be another brown that I’m not thinking of that might be better, these were the ones that stuck in my brain and that I remembered their names

  14. Ken H, 07 December, 2010

    Thanks Cindy, I will try both options Suede and Spices, and mixing Suede and Shirt colors

  15. Maria, 08 December, 2010

    Thanks, Cindy for coming to my defense! I DO love to bake and for a moment there I thought I was losing my color sense : ) Looking forward to seeing your gingerbread people, Ken.

  16. Ken H, 10 December, 2010

    @Maria: I plan on making a House w/all the candies as well, but that is a project for after the holidays during the winter doldrums.

  17. pollyanna, 08 December, 2010

    Sorry Maria, that was not meant as a bad reflection on you. I guess I was thinking of molasses cookies which I happened to be munching on at the time…..lol.

  18. Maria, 10 December, 2010

    Well, I believe all of us here in Lietzville will be interested to see how it turns out :)

  19. Melissa Susan Weekley, 11 December, 2023

    It is a cute ornament; I am sure you can also change the colors. I was thinking red for the boots and brown for the hat. Just to change it for the next year.

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