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Topic: rubberstamping on fimo clay, How-to's??  (Read 1500 times)
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« on: March 03, 2004 03:27:31 PM »

I was wondering if anyone has tryed using rubber stamps on fimo clay? any tips on how to do this, can you useink when you stamp into it??
any tips would be cool thanks!!
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beadkate
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2004 04:39:38 PM »

If you want to make an impression in the clay to use as a mold or for some other similar purpose, and don't want the rubber stamps to stick to the clay, brush a very fine layer of baby powder or cornstarch over the place on the Fimo that is going to be stamped. Make it so fine that it cannot be seen on the surface, just felt.  It will act as a release, and make your image come out really defined. Just press the stamp in with even pressure, then bake in the oven. If you ink the stamp, the ink may not survive the baking process, but you could paint it afterwards. Though shrinky dinks with ink on them survive heat, so rubber stamp ink might too.
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alea
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2004 08:08:06 PM »

You can stamp after baking as well.
1) Create the item you want to stamp on.
2) Bake the piece, sand if you want to.
3) Rub the surface of the clay with rubbing alcohol to remove oils in the clay. DON'T TOUCH THE SURFACE TO BE STAMPED AFTER YOU DO THIS.
4) Stamp the clay.
5) Re-Bake the item for about 10-15 minutes.
6) While it's still hot, dip the item in Future Floor Polish (I got a huge bottle at Target for $5, and it's lasted me more than a year). Keep a rag on hand. If the ink runs, you can wipe off any areas that ran with a little bit of rag or cotton swab dipped in Future.

If that doesn't work, you can draw on the surface of the clay with Sharpie or Prismacolor marker and follow the same process. Prismacolors run like crazy when they're dipped, so it takes some practice.

These beads

were made with Sharpies and Prismacolors on polymer clay.

Good luck!
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TinySoapyBubbles
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2004 08:10:32 PM »

Arla those are very cool .. I love the Mr. Skeleotons  =)
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