tip or trick for letters ?

tip or trick for letters ?

Post by Katy zf » Tue, 29 Sep 1998 04:00:00



hello dear crafters
i was wondering if one of you has a trick or tip to write words using
clay snakes. my letters are either mischaped or not of the same height
and i sure would need advice ! (i'm writting cmas messages & dates on
cristmas ornaments... yep, i know i'm early !)
thanks to all who will answer :)

Katy ze french woman

 
 
 

tip or trick for letters ?

Post by LynnD » Tue, 29 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

>hello dear crafters
>i was wondering if one of you has a trick or tip to write words using
>clay snakes. my letters are either mischaped or not of the same height
>and i sure would need advice !

Are you using cursive?  That's the easiest, I think -- less cutting,
more forgiving of variances in letter size.

Clay strings from a clay gun are nice and even, can be bigger or
smaller than spaghetti, depending on your preference.

LynnDel

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tip or trick for letters ?

Post by The Crafty Ow » Tue, 29 Sep 1998 04:00:00




Quote:
>hello dear crafters
>i was wondering if one of you has a trick or tip to write words using
>clay snakes. my letters are either mischaped or not of the same height
>and i sure would need advice ! (i'm writting cmas messages & dates on
>cristmas ornaments... yep, i know i'm early !)
>thanks to all who will answer :)

Don't know if this will help, but I've found the only way I can do it
neatly is to write the letters on the clay first with a rounded-needle
type tool, and then follow what I wrote with the clay. Just trying to
write with the clay never looks neat enough when I do it.
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                  {'-'}     The Crafty Owl
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tip or trick for letters ?

Post by Tommi » Tue, 29 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

>hello dear crafters
>i was wondering if one of you has a trick or tip to write words using
>clay snakes. my letters are either mischaped or not of the same height
>and i sure would need advice ! (snipped for brevity)

I guess that i would do it a different way all together... I found that the
small to medium letter stamps made for leather are wonderful! You can stamp
the letter in using basic mold using techniques.. ie a mold release of some
kind.. talc, cornstarch, etc. then bake then fill in the letters with the
clay color of choice or leave them as they are... if you fill the letters in
just bake again and there you have perfect letters every time!

Tommie

 
 
 

tip or trick for letters ?

Post by Fridaycr » Wed, 30 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Quote:
>I found that the
>small to medium letter stamps made for leather are wonderful!

Tiny letter stamps work nice!  I took apart an old typwriter to use the letters
as stamps, but they are difficult to use.  Where is a good source for the tiny
letter stamps?  I would appreciate any suggestions.

Tami

 
 
 

tip or trick for letters ?

Post by DBuck268 » Wed, 30 Sep 1998 04:00:00


For a more whimsical look, use alphabet pasta to press your message into the
clay!
Jody Bishel

 
 
 

tip or trick for letters ?

Post by Tommi » Wed, 30 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Fridaycre8 wrote

Quote:
>Tiny letter stamps work nice!  I took apart an old typwriter to use the
letters
>as stamps, but they are difficult to use.  Where is a good source for the
tiny
>letter stamps?  I would appreciate any suggestions.

>Tami


I would suggest first trying Tandy Leather. They have shops and catalogs
too. funny that the company that spawned radio shack would be such a down to
earth sort of low tech craft company.

Tommie

 
 
 

tip or trick for letters ?

Post by DABla » Wed, 30 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Quote:
> my letters are either mischaped or not of the same height . . .

Another suggestion would be to use two parallel lines for writing *between* to
help keep the letters the same height.  You could draw lightly on the item with
something erasable like pencil or chalk, or use two pieces of tape, ***
bands, etc. to form the lines.  

Another way might be to draw the size and shape of lettering (or whatever) you
want on a piece of paper, then lay a piece of patty paper or waxed paper on top
of it.  Create the lettering by tracing over the drawn sample with the clay
snakes.  Then either lay the xmas ornament on the clay writing, rolling it over
to pick up all the lettering, or press the writing down a bit then pick up the
waxed paper and lay it with the lettering where you want it to be on the
ornament (oops, guess this way would require the writing to be backwards--in
that case, write with dark ink then trace through on the back side of the
paper, or write on waxed paper or a bit of transparency sheet, etc., then turn
over before tracing).

Diane B.

 
 
 

tip or trick for letters ?

Post by Katy zf » Wed, 30 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Thanks for all these tips ! Will start trying them right now !
:)

Katy zfw

 
 
 

tip or trick for letters ?

Post by Polycla » Wed, 30 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Now some one needs to set up a 'clay caligraphy class' <BG>

 
 
 

tip or trick for letters ?

Post by Dawn » Wed, 30 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Along these lines but not quite, there was some discussion months ago about
what pens to use to write on baked clay.. Can anyone give me that info
again? I have some Christmas ornaments that need to be personalized on the
spot and can't use the clay or pasta, etc. Thanks.

--
Dawn G. Duff
JD Artistic Alternatives

Please put JD in subject line.

Quote:

>Now some one needs to set up a 'clay caligraphy class' <BG>

 
 
 

tip or trick for letters ?

Post by Kell » Wed, 30 Sep 1998 04:00:00


Quote:

> use future floor pollish and while still wed sprinkle it with embossing powders
> or micro glitters. Then let dry.

But I'm divorced, Lysle...is there no hope for me???

--
Kelly  <who really, really, REALLY couldn't resist>

 
 
 

tip or trick for letters ?

Post by Polycla » Thu, 01 Oct 1998 04:00:00


I don't have that data right at hand but I will start by saying DON'T use
Testor model paint pens unless you can find the type that has water based paint
in them (If they still make them).

Also several of the pens designed to write on black 3 1/2 cartrages are a nono.
the solvent is just that a solvent and will leave the area permanitlly sticky.
You might want to play around with a 'speedball ', or 'crow's foot', or
'cartargraphers' nib.(open point pen points like old quill pens)  and water
based paint.

Lysle

Hummm another idea just popped into the brain case.

use future floor pollish and while still wed sprinkle it with embossing powders
or micro glitters. Then let dry.