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.

White or Pearl polymer clay Color for backing pendant (if desired), your favorite clay and clay supplier
Rice paper as
Good scissorsChikamasa
Golden Soft Gel (Matte)
OR W9NA/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie =UTF8&psc=1
Liquitex Basics Matte Fluid Medium WS15/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie =UTF8&th=1
Cutters and pencil (for tracing shapes)
Your favorite gloss or varnish (like U-Pol Clear #1 High Gloss)
Darwi-Varnis Satin Finish (they also have a gloss) h-satin-finished-30ml.html
Hand Pin ViseVise
Drill bits (Micro Hex Shank Drill Bit Set) C30QY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?i e=UTF8&psc=1
Optional for necklace
Jewelry tools
Destash groups on FB
Jump rings, clasp, wire, etc.
Supplies List and Suggested Suppliers for Denise Fitzsimmons’ Demo

Sunday Demo: Marlene Gremillion


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: or follow her on Facebook:

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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 or just go to your favorite search engine and enter succulent varieties and prepare to be amazed!

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