I have to tell you, Stapmin’ Up! Simply Pressed Clay is just plain FUN!!! The clay is pliable and easy to work with and the buttons and blossoms molds are just as much fun as playing with the clay. These are rings we made at my last class. I forgot to place a rhinestone in the middle of mine, but even plain, these are so nice as costume jewelry!
To make your ring, you need to first push the clay into the silicone mold. I found under-filling the mold was better then trying to push in too much clay. Try to push in the clay so it’s even with the flat part of the mold. To pop out the clay, I gently push the clay out by pushing around the flower or button shape. You can also place the filled molds in the freeze to help with getting the clay out. Also, this clay doesn’t dry brittle. When dried it’s a bit pliable.
As for coloring the clay, I tried to add a few drops from an ink refill and using rubber gloves I kneaded the clay until the color was evenly dispersed.
However, with this technique, I found my glove sticking to the clay. I added a bit of cornstarch to the clay and glove which seemed to help without really changing the clay. I also used a Stampin’ Marker and colored directly on to the clay. But, my absolute favorite way to color this clay is to fill a Stampin’ Spritzer with plain old rubbing alcohol about 3/4 of the way up and then give three good squirts of any refill color. Then simply spritz your molded shape. The rings were spritzed with Strawberry Slush and Coastal Cabana. Unlike regular ink, alcohol ink stays on any surface, including any smooth surface, such as glass. And it’s so easy to make!!
Once the molded clay roses dried, I adhered each to a blank ring purchased at a local craft store. I used Crystal Effects which by the way worked great!
This was a fun project and these clay embellishments can be used for may projects including all of your hand stamped cards and scrap-book pages. Children will have fun creating with this clay as well.
So, let your imagination and creativity soar. And, remember what Maya Angelou said,You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”
As usual, Hugs to you,