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!