Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Register for my class!

Registration is now open for Master Camp 2015 (July 8-13, 2015 in Laurel, MD.) Instructors include: Jana Roberts Benzon, Dan Cormier, Jeffrey Lloyd Dever, Lindly Haunani, Tracy Holmes, Anke Humpert, Doreen-Gay-Kassel, Jana Lehmann and me.  The event is hosted by Kathryn Ottman.

In my 2-day class I will show how to build my wonder-stamps and how to use them with polymer clay.

For years, I’ve been searching for a way to turn my own designs into stamps. Sculpting or carving them out of polymer clay was an obvious first choice, but the stamps turned out too crude and small details were impossible to recreate.

Then, I tried ordering custom rubber stamps online. The cost was a bit too high for me and the turn-around time was way too long. As for the stamps, they were better than my first ones, but still not detailed enough. In my search for the perfect stamp, I even considered 3D-printing at some point (which did not work out either).

Finally, one day, I came up with an idea that produced stamps with thin, tall and strong walls. These could be created on my own time, and with no cost at all. With these, I was ready to conquer many different techniques. My own faux cloisonn̩ Рcheck! Back-filling Рcheck! Sutton slice Рhave never been easier! Mokume-gane Рany design is possible! But, making the stamps themselves was too cumbersome to explain to somebody else.

It took me another year to put the polishing touches on this technique. Finally, I am ready to present it!

Spaces are still available and it is time to register. Follow this link to the registration form:

The pictures in this post show the pendants made in a few of many polymer clay techniques using my wonder-stamps.

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