Viburnum Pod Palette | Polymer Clay Color Recipes

Viburnum Pod Color Palette by Polymer Clay TutorVol-044-B Series [Premo Sculpey]
Viburnum Pod
Dusty Mauve
4B: Calyx

Here is another of the wonderfully close-up garden photos that my daughter Willow took a few weeks ago… when I thought there was no color in the garden. Boy was I wrong!

Just look at all the incredible colors contained in this tiny Viburnum seed pod! I probably could have chosen eight colors from this photo as inspiration for this upcoming color palette. But since I have limited myself to four, I picked my favorites to share with you.

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  • Viburnum Pod (Recipe 044-1B)
  • Dusty Mauve (Recipe 044-2B)
  • Aubergine (Recipe 044-3B)
  • Calyx (Recipe 044-4B)

Viburnum Pod is the soft Grayish Pink, found in the highlights of this wrinkled seed pod. Dusty Mauve is the complimenting dusty purple seen where the light hits the deepest color of the pod. Aubergine is the deep Eggplant color of the darkened skin on the pod. And Calyx is the dusted Yellow Green of the Calyx leaves that sit like a crown, cupping the gem that once was a beautiful flower.

The recipes described above are from the Volume-044 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-044 A-Series Color Palette that paid library members will also receive during the month of January, then click here: Cedar Cone Palette | Polymer Clay Color Recipes

How lovely! I always save your descriptions of the four colours, Cindy – they’re very poetic, you Nature Lover, you! ~Mary-U

This was sooo cool! I was doing some of the tips already, but it took me awhile to figure it out. I just started to work on the color palettes last month. Now, that I watched the tute here is another suggestion that I do that may help everyone out. Because I was working on doing so many at one time I needed to make things go a little faster. So, I bought a little jewelry finding box that has 50 tiny little snap boxes and two larger boxes (it came with a tiny spoon and tweezers) and is only 10″ x 7 1/4 ” and 2″ deep. (Of course, you can find it at Michaels!) This is great to hold your jewelry findings but it works super holding a small piece of pure color clay! I labeled each one and placed a small conditioned piece rolled out to the thickest setting on the pasta machine. This way all I have to do is pull out the “pure” colors I need for the recipe I’m making. Since they are already the same size I just cut out the sections I need and mix them together! I use a very tiny cutter. It can be a challenge to make a 1/16″ but it can be done and I hardly have any left over. I will have just enough to make my chip. Also, I print all my cards, in the particular palette, on one sheet of paper with the palette photo at the top. I put them all in a 3 ring binder in a protective sheet in case the chip, if one falls off, I won’t lose it. I file them by volume number with the A series one side and B-series on the other side. This saves me time I don’t have to cut them out, they are together by palette, and you can flip through them and rearrange them how ever you like. So, far I love it and I’m almost caught up! Plus, I love leafing through them. I just admire the beautiful colors Cindy has dreamed up for us! I’ll post a photo of my book on Cindy’s Polymer Clay FB page so you can see what I’ve done. Maybe it will work for you, too! ~Catalina

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


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  1. Monique U, 19 December, 2011

    Another example of great photography revealing what is unclear to the naked eye. Well done, Willow! I think the Aubergine is my new fave.

    I was wondering how everyone was progressing wih their holiday preparations. Some were done months ago, I’m sure, and others will still be shopping at closing December 24th! A lovely custom that takes place in our town here in northeastern New Brunswick (Canada) is a community turkey dinner on Christmas Day. It is put on in the basement of a local church; using donations from area merchants and staffed entirely by volunteers, a complete turkey meal with all the trimmings, crowned by home cooked desserts, is served all day at no charge. This is a blessing not only for economically challenged families, but also for the many folks who would otherwise be alone. Christmas has been called “the loneliest day”, so spare a thought and a prayer for the many individuals who cannot be with family and friends for the holidays.

    May you all have a peaceful and uplifting Christmas weekend. XOXO

  2. Elizabeth S., 19 December, 2011

    Wow Monique,

    I logged on here after turning off the morning news—worry about a renewed threat from North Korea, a missing toddler, the horrible death of a woman in an elevator, etc. etc. etc. Then I had the joy of reading your post about what happens in your town on Christmas. What a beautiful balance to what I had heard earlier. Sometimes I wonder what would happen if just one day were devoted to sharing only the beauty of what is also happening in the world—stories like this one and the million other examples out there. It would be an interesting experiment I think. Anyway, thanks for posting this uplifting piece.

  3. Jeanne C., 20 December, 2011


    Thank you for sharing a lovely custom. It’s uplifting to know there are so many generous people in the world. I know I’m so thankful and blessed to have family and friends that bring so much joy to my life.

    Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas.

  4. Linda K., 21 December, 2011

    What a lovely tradition, Monique!

  5. pollyanna, 19 December, 2011

    Love,love, love these colors! Willow has such a great eye for finding us these gems and her mom to bring them to us. Nice job ladies……

  6. Elizabeth S., 20 December, 2011

    When I logged on this morning I realized that yesterday I had failed to read the story of Willow’s discovery of the inspiration for this amazing palette. Willow, may you never lose your capacity to find beauty where others may not see it.

  7. Jeanne C., 20 December, 2011

    Willow you sure have an eye to see beauty and a great gift to capture what I would walk by. I really appreciate your work. Cindy thanks for bringing us another beautiful color palette. :)

  8. Anna Sabina, 21 December, 2011

    Willow’s discovery helps us remember there is beauty in all things. It reminds me of a quote I came across a few years ago when we where in the midst of “the winter that would never end.”

    “In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”
    Albert Camus

    Des Moines, Iowa.

  9. Elizabeth S., 21 December, 2011

    Love it!

  10. Linda K., 21 December, 2011

    This is another winner, Willow! I love these colors.

  11. Phaedrakat, 23 December, 2011

    Wow, this one is especially stunning! Amazing to find such gorgeous colors in your wintry garden (Willow is quite a “color detective”!) This palette may end up being a fave…we’ll see once I get it mixed up. I, too, love Aubergine! Thanks, Cindy…I think it’s wonderful how you give these stunning palettes to guests for free!!! Thank you again, and Happy Holidays to everyone!

  12. Diana W, 20 January, 2012


    Although I’ve worked in paperclay, I am new to polymer clay and saving my pennies for your membership. Almost there. :) I learn so much from you already.

    The free color recipe cards took me in an entirely new direction with my work, so I am very excited about next month, when you are in my budget.

    Thank you for a great website.

  13. Karen Reshetar, 06 January, 2013

    I LOVE this palette! The colors are so inviting and it makes me sort of want to swim around in it. If that makes sense. :-)

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