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Pressed Clay Pendants


Hi, this is Dina for Splitcoaststampers. In this tutorial I’ll show you how you can
use your die cutting machine to press clay, and then create pendants or ornaments. For this project you’ll want an air drying
clay like the Creative Paperclay I used here, or another similar brand that doesn’t require
baking. I also have some teflon sheets that I’ve cut
down to the size of my Big Shot cutting plates – I get these on Amazon and they’re pretty
inexpensive. I’ve cut about 3 oz. of clay, which is a good
amount to work with. You’ll want to work the clay a little bit
to soften it, then form it into a flat disc to run through your die cutting machine. On my Big Shot I have the platform closed,
then a teflon liner, the clay, and then I’m going to lay an open embossing folder onto
the clay so the positive or raised design presses into the clay. I’ll run that through, and this is what I
get. The clay residue on the folder can just be
rinsed off with water. I’m going to use a cookie cutter to cut out
some shapes for ornaments – if you don’t have cookie cutters you can do some free hand cutting
or trace a shape with a craft knife. The next step is to cut a hole so the piece
can be hung, and I like to use a coffee straw to do this – the clay will collect inside,
and you can either squeeze it out or just cut off the end of the straw when it stops
cutting as well. One final step here is to smooth the edges
with your finger – they’ll be a little rough at the bottom, but they’ll smooth out very
easily. If you miss this step, you can always use
sandpaper to smooth them when they’re dry. I wanted to share one other method of adding
a pattern to the clay and that’s with a background stamp. To press this time I have the platform open
to Tab 1, and then I’ll put teflon sheets below and above the clay and top the stack
with a cutting plate before sending it all through, and that will give me an evenly pressed
piece to work with. I’m going to lay the clay onto a background
stamp, and you may want to prep the stamp with Versamark ink, but I didn’t do that here. I’m using my brayer to gently press the clay
into the design of the stamp – this particular background has a mainly negative design, so
that will be pressed into the clay and the open areas will be raised. Once that’s prepared I’ll cut out a few shapes
and give each a hole for hanging, and then all those pieces will be laid flat in a warm
dry place, until they’re completely dry – the time will vary depending on where you live
– just follow package instructions for the best results, and I also like to turn the
pieces every few hours so they stay flat and dry evenly. To color this piece I’m using ColorBox Colorique
which is an ink product that has beautiful results on clay – you can learn more about
it in the review by our Product Focus team. You can also use acrylic paint for this technique. I wanted a more muted green here, so I added
in a little of the orange to make more of an olive color. What I want to do is fill in all the depressed
areas with paint, so all these leaves and the roses – I’m using a flat or chisel brush,
which works really well for getting down along those edges. Also I’m not worrying about getting paint
on the raised areas, that will be fine – I just want to be sure the impressions are all
filled. When that’s done I’m going to use a baby wipe
to wipe across the surface of the piece – that’s going to give a blended color to the raised
areas and give definition to the design that’s pressed in. The more you wipe, the lighter your background
color will be. You can also use the color on the baby wipe
to cover the edges of the piece. I’m using a little ColorBox pigment ink here
to distress the edges of my piece just a little bit – and then as a final step, I’m going
to seal the piece with the ColoriQue sealant – you can use any clear varnish or glaze for
this step. For my second piece, I wanted to create the
look of terracotta pottery, so I’m brushing on some pigment ink with a Clarity stencil
brush – you could use paint here too, but I like how the brushing leaves some lighter
areas and picks up the pattern from the stamp. I want to highlight the raised areas, and
the best tool for getting all those accurately is a finger with just a little ink and a very
light pressure. Then I’ll lightly brush the edges as well and give it a coat of sealant,
and that’s it – I’ve got a couple of ornaments, or maybe gift tags – smaller shapes could
be used for necklaces as well. Thank you so much for watching!

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