Tuesday, July 10, 2012
imprints & 'out'prints...
After hearing about Scratch-foam from some of the ladies on the Metal Clay Heads team, and reading about it on Wanaree's blog here, I was very keen to get my hands on some. After a bit of (virtual) running around, a package arrived a few weeks ago.
I've been having lots of fun drawing on it & as well as using it to create raised textures directly on my metal clay (imprints), I had this idea to make some polymer clay stamps from some of the designs ('out'-prints).
First, I drew my designs on paper, then I put the paper on the foam & went over them with a ball point pen (pressing quite hard) to transfer them to the foam. I then went over the lines with a small ball burnisher, making them as deep as I could.
After conditioning my polymer clay, I kind of smooshed it into the outline, them rolled it flat. (Ignore the coloured marks, I was experimenting with other polymer stuff - but that's a whole other blog post). I added handles to my polymer stamps (which you can't see in these photos, oops) & baked them.
At first I wasn't sure they'd be deep enough, but they seem to work quite well. I can't wait to finish & fire the pendant, so I can see the finished product :)
Did I mention drawing in the foam is heaps of fun? I could spend a day doing just that.