Add a sense of personal touch to things today by repurposing your rubber stamps. If you are into reduce and reuse type of activities, why not try to DIY yourself a reusable coaster with your rubber stamps? It’s fun, straightforward, simple and yet beautiful. Here is how you can use your rubber stamps for that in just 5 steps:
In order to begin making your rubber stamped coasters, you will need to get these materials ready: Polymer clay material for your coaster, rubber stamps, ink pads, card stock, scissors, chalk powder, baking roller, stamp cleaners, paper towels, cork material (to be used as backing for your polymer clay coasters) and glue. Once you have managed to prepare these material, you can then proceed to the next step. A good recommendation is to measure the bottom of your mugs to get a good idea on how you want the measurements for your clay and cork materials.
- Prepare clay
Prepare your polymer clay by rolling it out into a sheet using a baking roller so that the clay consistency can be even. Measure and cut out the size of your coaster according to the size of your mug- you can leave a few spaces for consideration. Remember not to roll your polymer clay too thinly. Once you have managed to cut out the size you want, you can proceed to the next step- stamping.
Using your rubber stamps and ink, stamp firmly into your clay material so that the ink and images are transferred into the clay. Remember to wet and clean your rubber stamps at regular intervals so the clay does not stick into the grooves of your rubber stamps. Keep an eye out to make sure that the shape of your coaster is retained. If you see any creases, make sure to smooth it out as best as you are able.
Prepare the polymer clay for baking by sprinkling chalk powder over the areas where you do not want colour of the clay to set in and make sure it’s close to the edges. Once you are finished, take a look at the clay manufacturer’s instructions and bake accordingly. Leave to cool and once it is finally done, you can proceed to the last step.
Glue your cork backing on the underside of your clay coaster and let it dry so that the cork will stick to the clay. Make sure to set it so that it doesn’t move. And you’ll be finished- you can continue decorating your coaster to your heart’s contents or leave it like that!