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HOW TO USE

PIPPSYWOGGINS® RUBBER STAMPS

WITH POLYMER CLAY

Create magnets, pins, game pieces, ornaments,
accents for wreaths and plaques, package tags, tiny figurines, and more .........

SIMPLE STAMPING

Directions: When using stamps with polymer clay, use pigment ink pads or markers, as other inks may bleed. Press inked stamp (not too heavily inked) directly onto sheet of 1/8" thick clay. Cut out image with knife or scissors, being careful not to smear ink. Follow baking directions on clay package. Leave plain, or paint with acrylic paints or transparent blending paints such as Delta Soft Tints.



PUSH METHOD

Directions: DO NOT USE INK! Brush powder or cornstarch onto stamp, then shake off excess. Hold stamp so that you can see the image. Press a flattened piece of clay (1/4" or more thick) onto the image, pressing it into all of the recesses of the stamp. Be careful to push straight down so as not to distort the lines. Remove clay. Trim edges. Bake. After baking, paint with acrylic paint or with an acrylic wash. For an antique effect, rub brown acrylic paint into the impressions, then wipe paint off with a soft cloth. For a metallic look, rub on AMACO's Rub'n Buff.





ADDITIONAL PROJECT SUGGESTIONS

SCULPTURAL STAMPING

Directions: Use the push method with colored clay to create the different sections of the stamp design, then put the sections back together, as in creating a puzzle. You can create depth by varying the thickness of the differtent parts of the desgn. This method requires a very sharp craft blade, and is recommended for ages 12 and over - with adult supervision. Example: To create Zachary's turtle, press a 1/4" thick piece of clay over the body image of the turtle. Remove and trim away edges, including the head and one front leg. Now create the head by pressing a 1/2"" ball onto the head image. Pat edges to smooth, then position against body. repeat with leg. In general, the parts that are closer to you in the image should be thicker. Those in the background will be thinner. Follow baking directions on clay package. After baking, paint if desired.



3-D STAND-ALONES

Directions: Use either the ink, push or sculptural stamping methods EXCEPT, after stamping, curve the sides. Then attach a wedge-shaped piece to the back to act as a stand. Embedding a toothpick into the wedge will give it more support. Bake piece upright, propping against a ceramic coffee cup if needed. Bake, then paint or antique as desired.








About the Artist and Storyteller:

Along with each of the Pippsywoggins® Rubber Stamps you will receive a tiny storybook complete with that character's story. These stories are told by Maureen Carlson, a special friend of the Pippsywoggins®. Maureen, who grew up on a dairy farm in Elsie, Michigan, says that the surrounding woods, creeks, gardens and fields have all become a part of the Pippsywoggins® stories.

Though the "real" Pippsywoggins® are shy about human contact, they have given permission for Maureen to tell their stories and to sculpt their likenesses in clay. In 1993 these were introduced to the gift market as a series of resin collectible figurines. Now, through this series of rubber stamps, you have another opportunity to enjoy the mischievous smiles and whimsical humor of the Pips.

For more information about the Pippsywoggins® collectible figurines, write to: Wee Folk Creations, 18476 Natchez Avenue, Prior Lake, MN 55372, or call 1-888-Wee Folk (1-888-933-3655)

© 1998 Maureen Carlson and CMC
Pippsywoggins® is a trademark of Maureen Carlson

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