Wednesday, May 19, 2010

To antique or not to antique... part 5, a little project- Inspirational tags

These are the Nature colors  from Cernit and they happen to look very much like sand and stones. They have a porcelain look to them and are filled with all kinds of fibers and glitters. You can click on the picture for a larger view.
They also look very nice, you guessed it, antiqued!
You can find these colors at my husband's on line store Clay Factory .
For quick and easy little tags for book marks, necklaces, and earrings. I am sure you can think of  lots other things for them too.

Inspirational Tags
Cernit Nature colors in your choice (link above)
Clay Words Sheet stamps 269-001, 30 words- ERAGraphics
A Bic stic pen
Black or Brown Ne-opaque- Clay Factory
A piece of old towel

Condition the color of clay you want to use.
Cut the stamps apart, or not. That is really up to you I guess.
Roll little coils that are a little longer than the stamp you are going to use.
If the words are skinny make the coil smaller in diameter.
If the words are thicker make the little coil thicker
These two in the first step should give you the general idea.

Flatten and lengthen the coil a little.

Lie one end of the coil at the bottom or end of the word and have the excess  extend over the beginning of the word.
Do not press the stamp all the way in. It looks better if you do not have the outline of the outside of the rubber there on the clay.
When you antique it after it is baked it will highlight that line there.
Do not peel off the stamp yet.

Use the point of the pen to make the whole in the top
of the little tag.
It works great if you press gently on the rubber to hold it and drill the pen to loosen it from the clay and make the hole.

Peel off the stamp and then bake this on a tray just the way it is.

Going through it again with the other stamp.
Smaller or thinner stamp, smaller coil, flatten and lengthen a little.

Press in the little stamp, these stamps are made for clay and are very deep, so do not press too far. It is OK if you do because you just smash it up and roll in to a coil again.
No worries.

Use the pen again and drill the little hole in the one end.

Peel the stamp out.
Now bake these at 275 degrees for 30 minutes, shut off the oven and let them cool in the oven.
When cool, paint with black or brown ne-opaque and let it dry a little on the clay. With a damp not wet old piece of towel and rub(sometimes vigorously) the excess paint off.

Easy or what???
 No hole you can use them as glue on words. If gluing on, I suggest Weldbond or Crafter's pick the Ultimate glue for the job!


  1. Awesome! I had no idea there was even such a thing as clay stamps. You are just a little bundle of information. And they do look like river rocks. Clever clever Marie! **kisskiss** Deb

  2. These are wonderful, Marie!! Inspiring and unique!! Much love to you today!! Silke

  3. What a great tutorial! I have everything I need to make these and just might do that today. Thanks, Marie!

  4. Boy I like those clay colors, especially since they look like stone.
    Oh, don't mind that; it's just the brain kicking into gear!


  5. Thanks!
    Keep showing us cool stuff!

  6. I enjoy making these, endless possibilities. Have never done the antiquing, but going to give it a try now. Thanks Marie!


  7. I will come again to read this more closely. Looks interesting and fun.

  8. OMG I have to try that Marie!!! What a cool idea... you are so smart and imaginative. Thank you for your tutorials~: )

    When is Sandy Camp??? I'd love to go again!
    Love to you on this middle of the week day!

  9. Marie! You are a font of imformation. I am going to move next door to you. This will be bad for you, because I am always going to be over, watching you work, and asking annoying questions. But I will bring cookies!!! xox!

  10. I love them! How original and wonderful...they can be used for so many terrific projects. :) Theresa

  11. what a great idea! they're very nice! you are such a creative woman huh :-)
    i'm only creative since a year and 3 months! before that i did nothing. only watch tv or surfing the internet :-( i guess i got blessed by an angel....i'm pretty sure i am :-)

  12. OOOH, these are so COOL! I love the stone look of the clay. Brilliant!

    And congrats to all your latest winners. WOOHOO!


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