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Good Impressions: Creating Single-Color Impressions

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Introduction

Sources

Oval cookie cutters, $20 for a set of 9, by Ateco, from surlatable.com.

Italian Brass Design wax seal from letterseals.com.

 

Materials

  • Rubber gloves
  • Flexible clay mold
  • Conditioning machine
  • Polymer clay
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking sheet
  • Cookie cutters
  • Wax seals

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    When handling unbaked clay, wear rubber gloves to minimize fingerprints and marks. Prepare a mold. 

  2. Step 2

    Cut a 1/16-inch-thick piece of conditioned clay slightly larger than the desired size of the final piece. 

  3. Step 3

    Press clay into mold, refrigerate for 15 to 20 minutes to harden, and invert onto a parchment-lined baking sheet; use a cookie cutter to create the border shape. 

  4. Step 4

    In lieu of a mold, make impressions with wax seals. Press seal into a piece of conditioned 1/16-inch-thick clay, then cut out the image with a cutter that fits around impression. 

  5. Step 5

    Remove excess clay, and bake on parchment. 

  6. Step 6

    Use a pointed tool to make a hole before baking. Add a jump ring to make a pendant. 

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