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Making Decorative Stamps And Texture Sheets For Clay
After doing the hummingbird tile last month, I thought it would be neat to make a template, and create a set that matches the tile. You know, canisters, platters, pitchers etc... things for in the kitchen.
The first thought that came to mind, was to use the plastic template I made, and trace it onto slabs. The work involved, in carving each piece though, seemed like a huge undertaking. How could I duplicate the pattern without spending hour after hour carving?
Then I remembered, I purchased a sheet of linoleum and carving tools a few months back. What if I were to draw an image on that sheet, carve it out, and use it to impress the pattern on my clay? Hmmm... now there's an idea I could sink my teeth into!
I was so excited! Follow me out to the studio and see what happened!The first step was to draw a design on the linoleum. I tried to draw it out on paper first, but it was difficult to transfer onto the linoleum. I ended up drawing right on the linoleum with a pencil, then traced over it with a marker, when I realized the pencil marks came off when my hand rubbed over them.
It's really easy to make your own bisque stamp set. All you need is some clay, a few sculpting tools, and a pattern. Remember, the clay will shrink, so make sure you accommodate that shrinkage when you draw your design.
Steps for creating the stamps:
- Roll out a ball of clay and flatten it to about 1/2" thickness
- Allow it to become leather hard
- Draw your design on it
- Carve out the design (Xiem and Kemper both make great carving tools)
- Attach a handle (the wider the handle base, the more even the pressure will be when you push the stamp into the clay)
- Bisque fire and use it to your hearts content
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