Stamping polymer clay is not just a shortcut to a good lasting impression…it lends itself to lots of unique styles too.
Some stamp types lend themselves to better designs than others,.
The application of ink is a great way to create an imprint with a darkened look that will stand out. But it’s important to use the right kind of ink. Alcohol ink, no surprise tends to be the best kind. solvents are not a good choice, and water based inks may not stay on permanently.
To get started, be sure that yo have conditioned your clay well so that the colors and oils are well distributed. Choose a stamp with a design that you like and has a good clean design that will show up well. Press it down firmly into the clay and then gently lift it up to reveal your design on the clay slab. Be very careful and deliberate with this step as you want to get it right the first time if you can!
If it doesn’t look as good as you hoped at first, you might could roll it back up and start over but you won’t want to do this more than once as the clay may soften and stretch too much for the imprint to be viable. So be sure to have a firm push into the slab, and be sure not to move it around.
Also, you may want to dust your clay slab a little with some cornstarch as this can minimize sticking to the stamp side. A little mist of water from a spray bottle can also help too, apply a little spritz to the stamp on the design side before using.
Another cool thing you can do with stamps is use them to create actual molds out of clay! For this you can use solid colored clay like red, yellow, etc., you don’t need to use your “designer” clays for this… To do this be sure to have a sheet rolled into a thickness of one-fourth of an inch or a little bit less. using a stamp with a simple pattern and a deep imprint, make the imprint and Now bake it in the oven following these instructions. Congratulations…you have now crafted your own clay mold which you can put towards future projects!
Stamped clay patterns can be great used as standalone objects, like a wall hanging conversation piece, jewelry parts, or anything else you fancy. Depending on what you’re going for, you can make the imprint and then leave all the “negative” space around it (negative meaning unstamped/uncut space, positive meaning the space stamped).
This is a good way to create a sunken-relief effect for a wall plaque or something else. With a little bit of ink the design will really stand out against the background. Or later on, after the design dries after baking, you could apply paint to the raised areas. Just have fun with it…as long as you use the right kinds of materials, feel free to experiment.
Or you could also trim away the negative space around the stamped object…this would work very well with stamps that have singular objects like an animal, flower, or other simple object. You may also want to pierce a hole at the top and turn it into something like a wall decor piece, pendant, keychain, etc.
Well these are some ideas for stamping your polymer clay that you can start applying right away! Can you think of any more? Drop me a few in the comments section and let’s hear what you’ve come up with!