Seahorse Custom Rubber Stamp Pattern

If you are creating your own stamp with a home stamp-making kit, use this pattern at actual size. When creating a custom stamp for Champleve, make sure to reverse the image by flipping it horizontally in your photo program. This way, when you create your "innie" clay mold, your final sheet of metal clay that is pressed into the mold will be facing the correct direction. 87

Torch-fire the pendant as directed on page 28-29. The piece will shrink somewhat depending on the brand of metal clay you are using. When the piece completely cool, burnish the both sides of the pend< with a brass brush.

4 Tint the liquid clay

Fill 6 wells of a palette halfway with liquid clay. Working over a protective surface, add one small drop of ink to each well and stir to tint the liquid. Repeat for each ink color listed. Also, create a small puddle of "plum" tint by mixing together one part P( sion Purple-tinted liquid clay with one part Sangria-tinted liquid clay (not straight ink) in a separate wel!

5 Begin adding the tinted liquid clay

To apply the liquid clay colors, dip the large end a medium-ball stylus into the liquid and allow it to slowly drip into the cell. At this point just add puddl or 'dots', as the liquid will spread out a little. Do not let the liquid clay rise over the cell walls. If it does, use a make-up applicator to wipe the metal clean.

6 Blend and add additional colors

Blend colors by alternately tapping the two colors shades with a stylus where they meet. One color should graduate into the other. Avoid totally mixing the two colors together. Using the smaller end of the stylus, push the liquid towards the edges and corners of the shapes. Add the additional color 'dots' to the remaining empty cells according to the diagram.

7 Bake the pendant

Blend the last colors by tapping the two colors where they meet. Roll a thin sheet of polymer clay and secure to the baking tile. Carefully lift the pendant and set if onlo the clay sheet to prevent it from sliding while carrying it to and from the oven. Bake as directed on the liquid clay bottle. (Metal clay is fine in an oven.) Remove the baking tile from the oven and immediately slide it into a dish of ice water. The cold water will cause the liquid clay to become more transparent. After a minute, remove the piece and dry with a soft cloth.

8 Form the beads

Roll a sheet of white clay to VV (2mm) thick slab (third thickest pasta setting) and secure to a baking tile. Cut 14 oval shapes with the pattern cutter and remove excess clay. Flip over 7 of the shapes so the smooth side is down. Secure a bead piercing pin (or piece of wire) at an angle across these 7 shapes. Secure a second clay oval, smooth side up, on top of each shape.

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