Not many people realise this but unbaked polymer clay is actually a very popular source material to combine with rubber stamps. With unbaked polymer clay and rubber stamps, you can actually produce interesting crafted pieces. Here’s what you should know about combining rubber stamps and unbaked polymer clay:
One of the best things about stamping with unbaked polymer clay is that the malleable material gives users more options for texturing compared to other material. When you stamp on unbaked polymer clay, you are able to rock your stamp back and forth to create deeper impressions compared to material like paper where rocking your rubber stamps are generally discouraged to prevent smearing. The deeper grooves your rubber stamps have, the better your stamped image will be. In order to keep your stamped images consistent and clean, you will be required to clean your stamps using either stamp cleaner or water at regular intervals to prevent clumps of clay from sticking into the grooves. For stubborn material, you can make use of tooth picks to gently scrape your rubber stamps clean.
Stamping with Ink
Unbaked polymer clay is compatible with most inks, but you want inks that can be permanent to retain it’s intensity after baking the clay. A good recommendation for the procedure would be StazOn ink. You can stamp on unbaked polymer clay after applying ink to your rubber stamps. Stamping is relatively easy since there is little you have to take note of- it can essentially be treated the same way you stamp on paper. Just remember to clean your rubber stamps and you will be set!
Stamping with Pearl powder
If you are looking for a fancier effect, you can choose to stamp your unbaked polymer clay with pearl powders as well. Pearl powders are useful for creating a certain texture when combined with your polymer clay, what’s more, it can also give your baked clay a delicate sheen and glimmer. You will need to lightly mist your rubber stamps with water and apply light dustings of pearl powder on your dampened rubber stamp before stamping onto the clay.
Of course, stamping with ink and powder are only optional. If texture is your main focus points, simply use your rubber stamps together with the polymer clay. Stamp all over it as you see fit and after you are satisfied, you can simply bake the clay until it’s done. Leave it to cool and consider highlighting textures with pressing paint into it’s crevices or giving your clay surface treatment (dry brushing).