2014_0510AK

Stamp Doodling ~ Part 2

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Today I’m painting new pendants from my latest polymer clay “doodled” stamp…

Last time I gave you a little peek at the making of this stamp
and today I’m going to show you how I used it. Polymer stamps are a great
way to quickly and easily make several of the same design and they’re a
lot of fun too.

Grab some polymer and come follow along…

All
you need is some conditioned polymer (not too soft though, or it will
make a sticky mess on your new stamp! Leach if first, if needed), a
cutter, needles for piercing, water, a large paintbrush, and of course,
your newly baked stamp.

I
like to measure out each of my pendants by rolling the polymer all the
same thickness on my pasta machine and then using a cutter to cut the
same number of pieces for each pendant.

Ready for stamping!

Next, I shape the measured polymer into the same shape, but making it a bit smaller than my stamp.

Using the large paintbrush, I flood the surface of the stamp with water, paying close attention to any deeper details.

Then I press the polymer into place, pushing it over the surface to the edges of the stamp.

Removing
the polymer from the stamp is fairly easy—I start at the edges and
loosen it all the way around working towards the center. Don’t simply
pull from one side or you’ll probably have a stretched design. After
several stampings you will find that the polymer starts sticking (the raw
polymer will actually soften the baked stamp)—just carefully clean out
any bits of leftover raw polymer (a needle works great for this) and pop
it into the oven when you bake your next beads and it will be ready for
many more stampings.

Pierce your holes and bake.
And then my favorite part—paint, stain and finish! Experiment with different colors in polymer and then layers of paint for varied looks.

Happy creating!

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Rebekah Payne

Rebekah Payne is the designer and creator behind Tree Wings Studio. What started out as just a few beads for her own jewelry creations quickly grew into more than a hobby and she now spends every spare moment busy in her studio crafting beads for jewelry designers around the world… and the occasional piece of jewelry for herself. She loves fine details, rustic charm, earthy hues, and all things textural. These days her medium of choice is polymer clay, but she also dabbles in wire-working and uses various fibers and leather.
  1. Reply

    Wow – these are beautiful! Thanks for sharing your process.

  2. Reply

    Love seeing your process – and the wonderful results!

  3. Reply

    Gorgeous pendants! Why am I 'not surprised!' at your lovely outcomes! Beautiful! 🙂

  4. Reply

    I love your process and especially the results!!!!!!!

  5. Reply

    I love polymer. I love clay. I love printmaking.
    I make molds, press pendants…
    I carve lino and press clay.

    Now I want to carve/sculpt polymer and press polymer.
    THANK YOU.

  6. Reply

    Another great insight – thanks Rebekah.

  7. Reply

    That looks like a lot of fun!
    I love the weathered look!

  8. Reply

    Thank you for sharing your technique. I plan to give it a try.

    • BAP
    • June 29, 2014
    Reply

    I would love to see a tutorial on your painting and finishing process as well. I really enjoyed seeing how you created this!

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