Sunday, December 5, 2010

Ornament Experiment Part One

Every year I like to try a new idea or design for my ornaments so I can have something different to give for gifts and to sell for the holiday season. 
I've never tried using rubber stamps before in my clay process, but since seeing the beautiful effects that can be made with stamp impressions on  some great Beads-of-Clay blog tutorials, I've decided to give it a try!

I picked up this decorative floral design block stamp at the Hospital Street Fair in Wolfeboro this summer for 50 cents!  I had it waiting on my studio shelf for just such an occasion.
I rolled out some white clay, and pressed it into the stamp.  After removing the pressed piece of clay, I used some of my favorite ornament templates, and cut out some pieces from the textured clay.
This morning they were dry, so I sponged down the edges and rough areas.
They're cooling in the kiln right now and I can't wait to start glazing them!  I'll be back with the results next week after the glaze firing!


  1. I love seeing what you are always working on and creating. I love using rubber stamps. I do like this design....what a great find. I decided earlier today I would make some small ornaments and let some of my "Great" nieces and nephews decorate these in underglazes....ages are 19 months - 8 yrs.
    Probably don't know what I am getting myself into..hehe!!!

  2. Hi Gerry - That's really a great project idea for your nieces and nephews. I know they are going to love it. :) I'm sure they will have fun no matter what - and you will too.

  3. I think that stamp design works very well with the cutout theme… Good eye!!! Love all the ornaments on the blog sidebars!!! Makes me feel like putting on the Christmas music in the house!

  4. Fa la la ~ :) Thanks Marsha - I'm really happy with the stamping. This opens up a whole new world of possibilities! A Very Merry Christmas to you and yours - Lisa :)