|Finished tea pot stamp|
|Handle ready to attach to stamp|
|The attempt in hot glue|
|First finished stamp|
After getting several layers of glue together, I tried to carve the glue and let me just say that the inside edges were less than easy to carve. After several attempts, I figured that there had to be a better way. So I started trying to think of anything that would last and hold up, but that can be carved. I came up empty for several hours, then I thought of using oven baked clay.
|Ready to go into the oven|
I worked up the clay and got it nice and smooth. Next I took a printout of the figures that I wanted to use and cut around all of the edges. I cut into the clay to leave an outline. This gave me the beginnings of my design. The clay was easy to carve, but I had to be really careful not to smoosh ( I know it's a highly technical term. ;) ) my design in the process.
|Sanding the surface of the stamp smooth|
After getting the carving done, I then shaped a handle out of clay. This was the easy part. After that I placed all of the pieces in a cake pan, placed another cake pan upside down over the top and clipped it with flat metal clips. Then I put the entire thing in my toaster oven for half an hour.
|Re-make due to backwards orientation|
So I used the stamp to make an impression on a thick chunk of prepared clay. Then I cut out the design using the stamped image as a guide. After I got everything cut out I used a small paintbrush handle to smooth out the inside areas. After I baked the second stamp, I finished it the same way that I finished the other one. As you can see, the stamp works nicely on clay. I hope it works half as well on freshly cut soap. I don't currently have any freshly cut soap at the moment, but as soon as I do I will show you the results.
|Stamp in clay|