Countdown to Clay-Bor Day

  

Although it seems far away, plans are already going for the 2024 Clay-Bor Day Retreat. Please register by August 19, so we can plan accordingly.

Saturday, August 31 – Monday, September 2
Demos via Zoom, Saturday and Sunday Only
On-site workspace all three days (No Zoom on Monday)
In person: $50 includes daily coffee service & lunch (attendees provide their own snacks & cold beverages)
Zoom attendance: $25

Saturday Demo: Denise Fitzsimmons

Rice Paper with Polymer

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I will be showing you how to use rice paper with polymer clay to create beautiful pendants and necklaces. This is not a transfer! With a certain medium, the rice paper almost becomes one with the clay and the finished product is amazing! Rice paper comes in so many different images! Just be warned: it is very addictive!

I am supplying you with a list of what you will need and links to my favorite places to get them.

You may have your favorite places already! These are just suggestions based off of where I have ordered from in the past. You will need a pasta machine or roller, blade, knife, and oven.

ItemLink
White or Pearl polymer clay Color for backing pendant (if desired)www.sculpey.com, your favorite clay and clay supplier
Rice paperhttps://www.etsy.com/shop/PickersPalaceTex as
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ASCsupplies
Good scissorsChikamasa
Golden Soft Gel (Matte)
OR
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00074 W9NA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie =UTF8&psc=1
Liquitex Basics Matte Fluid Mediumhttps://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06Y4D WS15/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie =UTF8&th=1
Cutters and pencil (for tracing shapes)www.amazon.com
Your favorite gloss or varnish (like U-Pol Clear #1 High Gloss)
OR
U-Pol
Darwi-Varnis Satin Finish (they also have a gloss)https://shop.blueberrybeads.com/darwi-varnis h-satin-finished-30ml.html
Hand Pin ViseVise
Drill bits (Micro Hex Shank Drill Bit Set)https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003W C30QY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?i e=UTF8&psc=1
Optional for necklace
Jewelry toolshttps://www.etsy.com/shop/CreatingUnkamen
Cordhttps://www.etsy.com/shop/LRPJewelryBox
https://www.etsy.com/shop/loopinloop
Beadshttps://www.etsy.com/shop/LythaStudios
Destash groups on FB
Jump rings, clasp, wire, etc.https://www.wholesalejewelrysupply.com/en/
Supplies List and Suggested Suppliers for Denise Fitzsimmons’ Demo

Sunday Demo: Marlene Gremillion

SUCCULENT PLANTS AND BOWL DESIGN IN POLYMER CLAY

Come with your imagination to create some potted succulent plants, all designed in polymer clay.  You will learn to make realistic looking miniature succulents in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors and then assemble them artistically in a little planter we will make and cure ahead of time.  No previous experience in polymer is necessary but be warned they are addictive to make.

Marlene Gremillion, artist, and instructor for over 40 years has been working in polymer for approximately 12 years and sells her works in galleries throughout the state of Arkansas.  You may visit her website:  www.marlenegremillion.com or follow her on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/marleneartist

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SUPPLIES

Polymer clay (conditioned ahead) you normally use, in a variety of colors green, yellow, cobalt blue, red, alizarin crimson, translucent, white, black and tan (for the plants) terracotta  or a brown or granite or color choice for your own pot ( I use premo or souffle clays).

Work surface, craft knife and/or blade, needle tool or knitting needle, tooth picks can be handy.

Pastels for coloring accents (green, red, brown, blue, yellow, orange, etc.)  Index card to shave pastels onto.

Note:  This whole project does not use a lot of clay so you may be able to utilize that little bit you have laying around.

We will cure the pot while we make our plant varieties.  

I suggest you investigate some pictures on the internet of succulents.  There are all shapes, colors and sizes. Visit https://unsplash.com/s/photos/succulent or just go to your favorite search engine and enter succulent varieties and prepare to be amazed!

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