H. Breil texture Roundabout
dim : 4" x 5"
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The high quality rubber stamps are all 4" x 5" in size and will go through most pasta machines for those of you working in polymer clay. They also work well with metal clay, metal etching, fabrics and paper projects.
Before you use a brand new stamp for the first time, give it a wash with mild soap and water to remove any residue from the manufacturing process.
Just a note to mention that the name of the textures is part of the rubber along one of the long edges in case the stamp gets separated from the packaging and you need to know which design it is.
Set your PM to its thickest setting. Slide your rubber stamp into the gap between the rollers. Does it fit through easily with room to spare? If yes, you can use the PM to make your impression. If the stamp does not drop easily through the gap, see below for manual impression instructions.
Next we need to determine what pasta machine thickness setting to use for the clay sheet. Experiment with a medium setting for the clay and the texture rolled together on the thickest setting of the pasta machine. The resulting clay sheet must not be too thin, and the pattern must not be distorted. Test until you get a satisfying textured clay sheet. Don't forget to use a release agent so that the clay won't stick on the rubber (spread talc with a brush, spray water, etc.)
If your rubber stamp is not thin enough for your PM or you are using some other form of texture here’s my high-tech alternate method: Stack the texture sheet, clay and parchment paper and put the stack down on a hard surface floor, parchment side up. Step down on the pile repeatedly to create your impression.
Note you may freely incorporate Helen Breil Designs stamp impressions into your work, whether your art is for personal use or for sale.
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