Using Rubber Stamps with PMC

Rubber Stamp

First, the contents of this page went missing for a while. My apologies for any confusion or frustration.

Lots of time in classes people bring rubber stamps to use and try to stamp them into rolled clay like they would use them with ink. Typically, the imprint is uneven, too deep here and too shallow there. I’ve done this, too, thinking I can stamp evenly. Not. The patina never lies.

So, here is how to use rubber stamps, which is just like you’d use a texture. Sorta.

The process is in the captions beneath the photos.

I have chosen these rubber stamps. They are kinda big.

The first thing I do is separate the textured stamp from the sponge and wood block.

I also peel off the sponge and throw it away.

The glue is atrocious. I keep working it to one end or side of the stamp to remove it. 
You could use Goo Be Gone or some other chemicals.

It is important to get all the glue off, the goal being to get to a flat stamp.

Here, I’ve oiled the stamp.

Here begins the trick of calculating (guessing) depths, at which I am lousy.
Garanteed, I will have to roll more than once to get the depth of imprint that I want.

I determine the depth of the stamp by setting it alongside my cards or thickness slats
and building up the slats until the tops are even. I count the cards.

Then I examine the stamp and its swirls and dots: do I want the texture one card into the clay, two, three?

Say my stamp is four cards thick.
Say I want my clay three cards thick.
Say I want the stamp texture to be imprinted one card deep into the clay.

Drawing of rubber stamp

Side view of my stamp that is 4 cards thick

Drawing of three-card thick clay

Side view of my clay that is 3 cards thick

Drawing of Clay & Stamp

To get my stamp texture one (1)  card deep into the clay, I shall add 3 cards to the clay cards used to make the clay 3 cards.

Disregard the colors of the slats below as you continue with this example.

I roll the clay 3 cards thick.

I place the oiled stamp on top, texture toward the clay.

I add the three cards, as the math determined above.

I don’t roll. If I roll I will get shadows or ghosts of the stamp in my clay. 

Use any flat tool you have on hand. I’m going to use a “tool” that I made in Tools and Tool Enhancements.

I press down firmly and evenlly with a piece of glass.

Here is my impression. 'Time to carry on with your design and creationg to completion.

(In this photo, the imprint is deeper than one card thick because I used different slats in the photo process.)

Stamps vary quite a bit. The commercial rubber stamp for paper is in my hand and a 
Teresa Collins Stampmaker stamp is in my fingers.

When you are finished with your clay creation, where can you store the stamp?

There usually is enough adhesive on the wood block to stick it back on the block for storing well.

Alphabet Rubber Stamps

You can cut rubber stamps, too.

Once you realize you can use rubber stamps easily with clay, it opens up a lot of possibiities.

For online courses in metal clay, go to I Love Silver, where you learn how to design and create your own silver creations.

© Kris A Kramer 2019