Clay Ball Tip:
by Katherine Dewey
Everyone knows that evenly cut slices from a rod of clay will yield
the same size ball. Here's a method for measuring the slice so you'll know
what size ball it will produce:
Roll a rod of clay with the same diameter as the ball you desire.
Cut the slices 2/3rds the diameter of the rod.
I use good quality tracing paper as a wonderful non-stick surface
for rolling out clay. I leave it on the pad and rip off sheets once I'm done with my project. This has been useful especially if I use different colors of clay for a project. I use different sheets for different colors so I don't have to clean my rolling surface constantly.
Image Transfer Tip:
by Crafty Michele
Transfer images to unbaked clay using tracing paper and a pencil...
Simply trace your image in pencil, flip paper over, trace over the
image on the back. Flip the tracing paper back to the right side and place on clay. Rub the image with you finger or the back of a plastic spoon to transfer. Lift paper and your image has been transfered. You now have the option of baking or outling your image with a stylus for easy carving...
This method works wonders for carved pieces. You simply bake and
carve out the image. The image can then be painted or carved out a filled. The
possibilities are endless.
by Katherine Dewey
Saw your post about signature stamps and thought I'd pass on a few tips for
making them out of polymer clay:
To make a stamp that produces raised lettering, use a ballpoint pen to write
your name or logo or initials on a sheet of paper. Place the paper ink side
down on a raw sheet of polymer clay. Press into place and let rest about
fifteen minutes. Lift off the paper and to reveal the transfered design, a
mirror image of the original. Use a ball stylus or a tapestry needle to
engrave along the ink lines. Gently, very gently, run a roller over the
engraved lines to reduce the burrs or rough edges. Clean up the lines again
with your engraving tool and bake. You can attach to a polymer handle after
baking if you wish. After baking, the ink residue left on the clay does not
seem to transfer.
To make a stamp that produces recessed lettering, use two step mold process.
Do this by engraving your design or signature directly into the raw clay.
Again, use a roller to clean up any burrs and bake. Make a mold of the
recessed image and bake. The second mold will have raised edges and be a
mirror image. It will produce a recessed signature in the clay. This is the
technique I use to sign my sculptures. I keep the original engraved clay
master and replace my mold when it begins to show wear.
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