Peg Stamping on Polymer Clay – by Susan Walton
We found this long lost post by Rubber Stamp Tapestry founder, Susan Walton from April 2, 2011, and are bringing it back for your enjoyment.
Clay is such a wonderful medium. My definition of clay has always been “that magical stuff that dreams are made of.” Since leaving my clay background as a fulltime, production potter for over 25 years – for paper crafting, I have not looked back. Yet, on occasion, I have missed the versatility of clay and especially the use of negative and positive images in mold-making.
Working as a potter was a messy job. Clay dust was everywhere and I was not a neat potter at all. I got wet clay in my hair, on my face, down my legs and up past my elbows.
Now I have discovered polymer clay. Just 25 minutes in a toaster oven at 275 degrees and it is done! At one time I was such an art snob that I would never have considered using “plastic clay.” To me, if a piece of clay was not fired to cone 10 in a reduction atmosphere then it was not “real.” Boy, have I come a long way!
Introducing our newest set, Nature’s Path, which was made especially for polymer clay, precious metal clay (PMC), art silver clay, etc. Nature’s Path also works beautifully on paper!
Stamps Used in this Project
Supplies & Embellishments Used in this Project
- Polymer Clay
- Polymer Clay Accesories
- X-acto Knife
- Spray Bottle – Fine Mist (filled with water)
- Acrylic Paint
- Foam or Small Artist Brush
- Plastic Clay Making Tools
- Sandpaper – Fine
- Toaster Oven
- Protective Eyewear
- Glue – Heavy Duty (like E-6000)
Quick Instructions for this Project
Because we want the images to be raised instead of concave, we will first make a mold out of the polymer clay. I love molds. You can re-create the same design over and over with a single mold. Just think of the jewelry you can make and beacuse Rubber Stamp Tapestry is an angel company, you can use our images and sell anything you make! Not all rubber stamp manufacturers are angel companies so it is a good idea to ask before using rubber stamps to make items that you intend to sell.
When choosing rubber stamps for polymer clay, I have found that the more detailed the better. Since our images are tiny and highly detailed, they lend themselves well to polymer clay and the mold making process.
- Take the pendant and lay a piece of narrow ribbon (I use an organza) inside the pendant. This ribbon will help you remove the clay once it is baked.
- Now fill the space with clay. Make sure the clay is not above the rim of the metal. (I like it only slightly recessed).
- Spray the clay with water, which will serve as a release agent so the rubber will not stick to the clay. Then use the stamps in the set to create your own little garden!
- Leave the clay in the old and bake on a piece of cardboard or cardstock in a 275-degree toaster oven for no longer than 25 minutes, which the release of fumes
- After completely cooling, remove the baked clay from the metal heart, using the ribbon. Remember, this clay will bend and it has a lot of flexibility.
Next, place the ribbon back in the pendant and refill the pendant with polymer clay and spray lightly with water. Then place the baked mold over the clay-filled pendant and press until the excess clay squishes out of the sides. The image above shows a differently shaped pendant for the purposes of illustration. I used a clay tool to remove the excess clay as shown in this photo.
- Gently remove the mold (the top heart).
- Bake the resulting piece inside of the pendant at 275-degrees for 25 minutes. If you are unsure about the temperature, use an oven thermometer. Do not overbake or heat over 275 degrees.
- Cool completely and remove from the metal pendant. Lightly sand edges with fine grade sandpaper. At this point, before putting the clay back inside the pendant, is the best time to add color to the clay.
- Next, take a piece of foam and some thinned acrylic paint and colorize the clay, working the color into the recessed areas of the clay. Do this quickly because acrylic dries pretty fast. You can use either a brush or a sponge. Spray lightly with water to disperse the color before the acrylic starts to dry. For quick drying, you can put it back in the oven for 4-5 minutes. Cool completely. NOTE: It is better to first remove the fired clay from the pendant before working with color, to avoid painting the metal. If you forget (like I did in the above photo), no big deal, just scrub the paint off with a plastic dish scrubber.
- Lightly sand the outside rough edges and surface with a fine grade sandpaper and then glue the heart into the pendant. Mount the pendant on a chain and you are ready for the party!
- Nunn Design’s findings are gorgeous! They are cast in pewter and plated in precious metals and are made right here in the USA and you don’t have to worry about lead or other toxic materials. You can see the rest of the Becky Nunn’s findings that we sell here.
I sure hope you enjoyed this new adventure and that you will stay tuned. We have great plans for other pieces of jewelry and paper crafting embellishments… in clay! Until next time, happy stamping from all of us at Rubber Stamp Tapestry. Please tag your Rubber Stamp tapestry creations with #pegstamps and #rubberstamptapestry and we will share them 🙂