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Jack – Royal Cross Stamp

Got the stamp. Looks great. Don’t blow glass again till Friday and I didn’t want to wait to see it so I just hit a little piece of float glass with a mapp gas torch. It works beautifully, even at the lower temp. I’ll send a pic when I use it on my pieces Friday.

Liked the little pattern so much I made a stained glass hanging of it for my studio 😀

Thanks again!

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Different types of stamps for clay.

Makers Mark

There are many different types of stamps for clay, each with their own unique features and purposes. Here are some examples:

  1. Hand-carved stamps: These stamps are made by hand-carving a design into a block of clay or other material. They can be used to create intricate patterns or designs on clay surfaces.

  2. Textured stamps: Textured stamps are made by impressing a textured material, such as fabric or mesh, into clay. These stamps can create a variety of patterns and textures on clay surfaces.

  3. Cookie cutters: Cookie cutters can be used as clay stamps to create specific shapes or designs. They are often used in pottery and ceramics to create consistent shapes for functional items like plates and bowls.

  4. Roller stamps: Roller stamps have a cylindrical shape and can be rolled across a clay surface to create a repeating pattern. They can be made with a variety of materials, such as rubber or carved wood.

  5. Stencil stamps: Stencil stamps are made by cutting a design into a flat piece of material, such as paper or plastic. They can be used to create precise designs on clay surfaces.

  6. Mold stamps: Mold stamps are made by creating a mold of a three-dimensional object and then pressing clay into the mold to create a replica. They can be used to create detailed shapes and designs on clay surfaces.

  7. 3D printed stamps: With the advancement of technology, 3D printed stamps have become more common. These stamps can be created with a computer program and printed with a 3D printer, allowing for highly detailed and complex designs.

Overall, there are many different types of clay stamps available, each with their own unique advantages and uses.


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Houston Pottery Throw Down

  1. Start with the right clay: Choosing the right clay is essential for pottery making. There are different types of clay, such as earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain, each with different properties. Make sure you choose the right clay for your project.

  2. Wedge the clay: Before you start working with the clay, make sure to wedge it thoroughly. This process helps to eliminate air pockets and creates a more uniform consistency.

  3. Keep your hands moist: Pottery making requires your hands to be moist so the clay doesn’t stick to them. Keep a bowl of water nearby to dip your hands in as needed.

  4. Use the right tools: Pottery making requires specific tools such as a pottery wheel, clay knife, and trimming tools. Make sure you have the right tools for the job.

  5. Practice centering: Centering the clay is one of the most important techniques in pottery making. Practice centering until you feel comfortable and confident with the process.

  6. Keep the clay level: As you work on your piece, make sure to keep the clay level to avoid distortion or collapse.

  7. Be patient: Pottery making requires patience and practice. Don’t get discouraged if your first attempts don’t turn out perfectly. Keep practicing and refining your technique.

  8. Experiment with different shapes and textures: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different shapes and textures. This is where pottery making can become a truly creative and enjoyable process.

  9. Pay attention to drying and firing: Proper drying and firing are crucial to the success of your piece. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and make sure your piece is completely dry before firing.

  10. Have fun: Pottery making can be a fun and rewarding hobby. Don’t forget to enjoy the process and have fun creating something unique and beautiful.