When it comes to crafting, the crafter really has to view things with an open mind since the possibilities are endless. Even objects completely unrelated from one another can be used together to form masterpieces. Have your thought about using polymer clay and rubber stamps together? Try it and see what you can come up with!
In actual fact, these two items work immensely well with one another. Rubber stamp designs can be used on soft clay to form different sorts of texture and added to the surface layer of cured clay to add a touch of uniqueness to the piece. Here’s 5 tips you have to know when using polymer clay with rubber stamps:
Depending on the texture and shapes of your rubber stamps, you can actually use them to create markings (otherwise known as impressions) on the surface of your polymer clay. You can either leave it in as part of the polymer clay’s design for your product or inlay other colours of polymer clay using the same technique and distort the surface as you please.
When it comes to embossing, cured polymer clay is often used as it can be embossed with heat. Little is known about cold embossing with clay at the moment but for now- you can make use of your rubber stamps to stamp on it’s surface with slow drying ink and heat emboss the clay to form the design. Pay in mind that different inks can produce different effects so don’t be surprised if your product comes out differently.
Before getting to work on the main product, you are adviced to practice on any pieces of clay you can spare. Since polymer clay works differently from paper, certain parts of your image can be recessed when stamping- and each time will be different compared to the pressure and also the stamping itself. So practice, take a look at the finished design and decide for yourself which the best result to replicate is.
Polymer clay has a tendency to stick to the rubber stamp crevices with stamping so sometimes you can notice that your rubber stamp design seems to get progressively less crisp. What you can do to prevent this from happening is to prevent the clay from sticking to the rubber stamp by using water or a powdery substance like corn starch.
Once you are done with cleaning the stamps, you can use sharp fine objects like needles to get rid of any excess that may have been stuck to the crevices of your rubber stamps. Make sure to get all the bits out. After wish, wash with running water and dry your stamps.