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Topic: Stamped and backfilled hanging tree dec + tutorial  (Read 11097 times)
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« on: January 17, 2012 08:43:45 AM »

why yes! i AM making Christmas decorations in January... Grin



i love the simplicity of stamped decorations but i prefer the durability of solid clay. this was a happy compromise Smiley
the stamp im using was one of a selection of papermania stamps that i got free with a craft magazine over a year ago...if i remember correctly it was probably why i bought the magazine Tongue but you could use anything you fancy.



roll out a sheet of clay (in this case white pearl) and cover/spray your stamp with your preferred release agent (either water or cornflour are my usual stand bys)
place marzipan spacers/ knitting needles (or similar) the same thickness (preferably just under to ensure a nice deep clear print) either side of clay and over the stamp firmly.



carefully remove the stamp and you should be left with something like this..



trim to shape with a tissue blade or craft knife. you can either add a hole to hang it by with a needle at this point or drill one later



bake in the oven at the recommended temperature for your clay for the recommended time. i find once i've removed it from the oven immediately placing it under a flat heavy object prevents any air bubbles  which may prove a nuisance later

take some well conditioned clay and using a craft knife smear it firmly over the surface (like buttering bread). make sure you get it into every part of the design.



using your craft knife remove the excess (unless you REALLY like sanding)



now bake again. once cool use wet/dry sandpaper (im using 1000 grit) to sand away the excess clay to reveal a crisp design.



either buff or varnish then string and admire Smiley



as always comments or advice are more than welcome Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2012 08:57:19 AM »

They are beautiful. I guess you could do something similar with paint, but you wouldn't have that beautiful smooth finish that makes those look so special.
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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2012 09:17:25 AM »

I was actually shocked to find out the thumbnail wasn't painted!  They're so pretty, and it seems like a pretty simple process.  Thanks for the awesome tut!
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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2012 09:26:08 AM »

Thanks for putting the tutorial up!  Very classy design too. Smiley

May I ask what inspired you to go for Christmas in Jan?...was it just seeing that stamp while putting up the xmas stuff?  (I'm always late so was my first thought...lol.)  Or did you perhaps miss xmas this year from being sick or being away and need to get it out of your system?

For anyone who wants to play around with backfilling, there's a bunch of info/variations/etc on the Carving page of my site (...including making the lines/depressions with various kinds of tools and making them when the clay is baked and cool or still warm as well as raw, using other materials for the fillers, keeping the filler in if the depressions are shallow, using multiple colors, using for votives, etc):
http://glassattic.com/polymer/carving.htm (and more on the Stamping page and Texturing page)

Fun!  Everyone should try it!




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« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2012 09:37:00 AM »

thank you Smiley

They are beautiful. I guess you could do something similar with paint, but you wouldn't have that beautiful smooth finish that makes those look so special.

tp be honest ink/paint would probably be more simple and less time consuming but i find solid clay weathers wear and tear far better than a varnished surface (im not sure what the durability of a simple stamped surface would be with out varnish Undecided )

thanks Diane, i found the stamp again when tidying the craft room last week and well... Embarrassed
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« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2012 10:00:36 AM »

Thanks for the tutorial...this looks absolutely GORGEOUS!  I love the stamp you used, and the finished product is so pretty.
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« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2012 10:50:29 AM »

they're amazing!
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« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2012 11:44:26 AM »

Wow they are so beautiful and thanks for the I have never seen that technique before and definitely going to give it a try!
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« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2012 04:52:07 PM »

Those are quite beautiful!  I think I'll have to try this sometime soon!
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« Reply #9 on: April 01, 2012 12:31:28 PM »

This is such a great idea & it looks beautiful.
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