Union Station Palette | Polymer Clay Color Recipes

Union Station Color Palette by Polymer Clay TutorVol-041-B Series [Premo Sculpey]
Dark Patina
Copper Roof

Union Station in Tacoma Washington is one of the most unique and beautifully constructed pieces of architecture I have ever seen. Originally built as a train station in 1911, this copper roofed dome with four large cartouches in a lovely verdigris copper and leaded glass skylight, was painstakingly restored in the 1990’s to better than it’s original glory.

Apparently the skylight wasn’t designed for the constant rain of the Pacific Northwest Coast and leaked badly, causing the building to go into disrepair. The building now houses the courthouse and the rotunda interior is rented out for weddings and special occasions.

This photo was taken a couple of weeks ago by Doug from a bridge that was eye level with the roof of this cool building. And since the colors of the aged copper roof were so gorgeous, I thought it would make a great color palette inspiration for this coming up B-Series Color Recipes.

Right at the end of Summer, Doug and the Kids and I went on a brief break to get away before school started… headed south to Lacey Washington, home of the world famous Shipwreck Beads destination store.

My Mom suggested that we stop at an amazing Glass Museum located just off the I-5 in Tacoma Washington, right on our way to Lacey. I’m so glad we did, because there was some glass sculptures created by Dale Chihuly, that were truly inspiring to see.

The glass pieces are displayed in the gardens & on the Chihuly Bridge of Glass. Don’t worry, we’ll show pictures of the glasswork in a future post.

Any way, I’m telling you all this because it was that Chihuly bridged walkway that brought us eye level with the stunning Union Station Rooftop… which is the inspiration for this upcoming Volume-041 [B-series] color palette.

Everyone who is subscribed to my Polymer Clay Guest List will be able to download the recipes for free, one per week on Friday mornings during the month of October 2011.

  • Verdigris (Recipe 041-1B)
  • Dark Patina (Recipe 041-2B)
  • Limestone (Recipe 041-3B)
  • Copper Roof (Recipe 041-4B)

Verdigris is the dark teal green patina lurking in the crevices of the aged copper cartouche that is such a striking detail of the Union Station Domed Roof. Dark Patina is the dark bronze gray patina of the flat copper shingles. Limestone is the soft blue gray of the Limestone ornamental details of this historic building. Copper Roof is that amazing light green patina of the ornate cartouche and so familiar with all beautifully aged copper roofed architectural gems.

The recipes described above are from the Volume-041 B-Series Palette. They are free to download for everyone subscribed to my Polymer Clay Guest List, Friday Email Newsletter.

If you want to see the Volume-041 A-Series Color Palette that paid library members will also receive during the month of October, then click here: Vine Maple Palette | Polymer Clay Color Recipes

Cindy, it was wonderful reading the story behind the colors. Am looking forward to how you will be using these. ~Koolbraider

Love this idea about the recipe cards… also since you have been doing this a lot longer than most of us…any additional tips such as resources would be wonderful as well. Can’t wait to see all of this available….I am learning so much from your videos and your course too!!!! Hugz Cindy. ~Pamela-C

I just started making the colour recipe chips and find them invaluable. There is nothing more frustrating then starting a project and wanting to add a specific colour to it and at that point having to start from scratch to figure out how to mix it. My collection is small, and I can’t wait to learn how to better organize it and utilize all the prepackaged colours to provide colourific inspiration. ~Janet-R


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  1. Teresa D, 26 September, 2011

    These are beautiful colors. Very nice pix , Doug. I know you have heard it all before but thank y’all for for all the work you do to make this a fun and engaging site.

  2. Koolbraider, 26 September, 2011

    First thought that went through my mind at first sight: “Ooooh!”. As one who works with copper these look great. Very cool idea!

  3. Jeanne C., 26 September, 2011

    Great colors. I always enjoy the history/story behind the items you’ve chosen for the new color palettes.

  4. pollyanna, 26 September, 2011

    beautiful colors. can be used in so many applications.

  5. Dixie Ann Scott, 26 September, 2011

    What beautiful breathtaking colors! I loved watching the quick slide show of the Glass Bridge and can’t wait to see more. Your color inspirations are wonderful!
    It’s too bad you couldn’t of taken us all on a tour of the Shipwrecked Beads Store too! Doug makes a great videoagrapher. I didn’t know such places existed. Thanks Cindy and Doug for sharing even your vacation trip.

  6. Cindy Lietz, 28 September, 2011

    Thanks Dixie! Just so you know we did take some video at the Shipwreck Beads store and of our trip. We’ll share it with you all when we can.

  7. Dixie Ann Scott, 30 September, 2011

    ooooooo……….I can’t wait.

  8. JIll V., 26 September, 2011

    This palette reminds me of ocean colors. Lovin’ it!

  9. Linda K., 26 September, 2011

    I’m quite partial to all shades of verdigris and I really like the other colors that you’ve added to the palette with this verdegris color.

    Doug, this is a wonderful photo, not just for the colors, but for the angle that you used while photographing those embellishments on the building. I really like everything about this photo.

  10. Patt W, 27 September, 2011

    What wonderful stories that accompany your color palettes ! Now this is why you have such a following. Such depth of field in all that you both do. It adds so much color (pun intended) to our lives. Thank you…………. The palette is lovely , I can see using all the colors over and over……. YUM……….

  11. Peggy Barnes, 28 September, 2011

    Awesome colors as always. I love that you always share a story with your color palette. Makes me feel like I am right there with you naming these wonderful new shades.. Thank you both for everything you do for all of us.

  12. Phaedrakat, 29 September, 2011

    Wowza! Stunning verdigris, patina colors! I’m gonna mix these up pronto… Cindy, you are truly amazing for offering these lovely polymer recipes for FREE!

    The Bridge of Glass & Chihuly pieces…so jealous! How could you not be inspired to recreate the colors from all that beautiful glasswork (and of course, the cool building!) Can’t wait to see more of your photos from your trip. I really appreciate your sharing…of both your vacation and your hubby’s remarkable “eye”!!!

  13. Sharon B., 28 October, 2011

    Cindy, these colors are great. With enough imagination, we can feel as if we’re right there at Union Station.

    BTW, I didn’t receive the email with the link to 041-b_2b (dark patina). Is it possible to send it again?

    Thank you,

  14. Polymer Clay Tutor Doug Lietz, 28 October, 2011

    Hi Sharon – Glad to hear you are enjoying the color recipes.

    In regards to manually resending the newsletters…

    Back when the membership numbers were small, it was possible to re-send missing B-recipes upon request. But unfortunately we had to stop doing this because of all the time it was taking away from our primary focus of creating new tutorials for everyone each week.

    What you need to do is make sure to “whitelist” us with your email service provider so they know that you absolutely want to be receiving our newsletters each week. If you don’t do this it is inevitable that we’ll end up in your spam folder at some point… or worse, your email service provider will completely block you from receiving our Friday emails, altogether.

    Email deliverability is such a frustrating issue to have to deal with these days… thanks to all of the spammers that create problems for the good people.

    One other thing I’d like to mention here, is that Cindy and I will eventually be putting together an archived resource that will make it much easier to access the B-series color recipes and palette photos. Now if only there were more hours in the day to get everything done as quickly as we would like… :-O

    Thanks for your patience.

  15. Angela M, 28 October, 2011

    Hi Doug,

    I have a PC Tutor etiquette question.

    If, for whatever reason, our newsletter is lost in cyber-space, would it be wrong to post a request to the community asking for anyone to send the free B-series recipe to us via our email?

    I know we members always have access to the A-series recipes that we have purchased, even if our newsletter is lost, so no one should be asking for or providing the A recipes. Not sure about the B’s though.

    Thanks for your help.


  16. Polymer Clay Tutor Doug Lietz, 28 October, 2011

    H Angela,

    Thanks for asking your question. Here are two reasons why asking for B-series recipe cards form others will not work.

    1) Because email info is not posted publicly anywhere at the blog. This is for privacy reasons as well as for everyone’s protection from the “spam bots” whose sole job is to roam the internet harvesting email addresses to add to their viagra lists (and other related topics).

    2) There was a time when we tried to support members who were willing to help each other out by sharing the B-recipes back and forth. But unfortunately this activity led to a misguided incident where someone (who is no longer with us), decided to take the liberty of republishing our copyrighted recipes on their web site. And worse, they did not take too kindly when I asked them to stop :-(

  17. Angela M, 28 October, 2011

    Thanks for replying so quickly, Doug.

    Now I see why it’s a baaaad idea. Maybe I’m being naive but it never occurred to me that someone would use Cindy’s recipes in such an inappropriate way (I won’t use the term ‘steal’ so as not to offend).

    I am very much looking forward to the day when we can access all the recipes in an archived file. Here’s hoping that isn’t too far into the future.

    Have a great day Doug :)


  18. Sharon B., 28 October, 2011

    Thanks for your reply, Doug. I actually *do* have your email address whitelisted — and mail from your address gets automatically filed in my “clay stuff” folder. Ah, who knows *what* happened. However, I understand … and I can wait.


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