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Making your own texture plates
« on: April 14, 2011, 03:40:17 PM »
Something that I haven't done for a while now, but is good fun - making your own texture plates.

It really is as easy as finding a cool texture, rolling out a thin sheet of scrap clay and pressing it against the texture.

It is amazing what types of textures there are around the home when you start looking. Moulded glass in windows or bottles, scraps of lace or other course fabrics, textured wallpaper samples even work.

Just be sure that anything you press the clay onto will not be adversely affected by it!

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Re: Making your own texture plates
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2011, 10:39:53 PM »
Great idea - I usually just press the texture straight into each piece I make, which means I have a lot of household objects with stubborn bits of clay embedded in them.

A while ago I tried the method Donna Kato suggested, when you cut out shapes/roll logs, and place them onto a piece of scrap clay in a pattern. Sadly the pieces I did left very uneven marks in the clay :(

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Re: Making your own texture plates
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2011, 08:01:13 AM »
I like the idea of doing that - but who has the time?

I suspect if Anthea Turner was into polyclay, that is the sort of malarkey she would get up to  ;D

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Re: Making your own texture plates
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2011, 07:16:53 PM »
I've just ordered some texture stamps from Tonja Lenderman which are designed for polymer and look awesome. I'll let you know how I get on with them when they arrive!

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Re: Making your own texture plates
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2011, 08:50:23 PM »
There are lots of great texture stamps available to purchase. But for this thread, I was thinking specifically in terms of homemade tools -  for people on a budget etc - offering them ideas on how to make their own.

If anyone has any tips for home-made texture plates, moulds etc - it would be great to share them here.

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Re: Making your own texture plates
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2011, 03:00:45 AM »
Sorry Emma, obviously got carried away in the excitement of having ordered new stuff!

I've seen texture plates done in Sculpey Mold Maker / Super Elasticlay if that helps. Haven't tried it yet myself since I haven't gotten round to buying any so far, but with it being really flexible I guess it would be great for that.

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Re: Making your own texture plates
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2011, 07:36:07 AM »
Not sure if I would want a texture plate to be flexible. I like to be able to push down on them to flatten the beads / caly slightly as it imparts texture.

I think for making moulds though, there are definitely times where you want flexibility over rigidity. I quite like the two part RTV compounds for making flexible moulds. Although I do tend to make moust of my moulds with good old fashioned scrap clay.

I made some great moulds from stuff found out walking the dors  -acorns, bark, teeny pine cones etc
Vintage buttons are also fab to make moulds and texture plates from

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Re: Making your own texture plates
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2011, 10:39:31 PM »
Guess this is another time where it's definitely a personal preference thing. I've made scrap clay texture plates but I hardly ever use them and prefer unmounted rubber stamps because I feel I get a bit more control the depth of the impression, so I'm sure I'd prefer flexible texture sheets.

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Re: Making your own texture plates
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2011, 11:29:16 PM »
Just thought of another cheapy texture that I like using sometimes - plastic embroidery canvas.

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Re: Making your own texture plates
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2011, 11:44:12 PM »
Ooh that's a good idea. I have some of that so I can definitely try it.

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Re: Making your own texture plates
« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2011, 10:13:57 AM »
I was making some fish from ceramic clay the other week and found that pressing with the edge of a seashell made a perfect Fin texture.

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Re: Making your own texture plates
« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2011, 06:43:53 PM »
I made a texture plate from a savoy cabbage leaf once and also lengths of chain. They worked quite well. It would be very easy to get carried away with all the things that you could use.
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Re: Making your own texture plates
« Reply #12 on: April 18, 2011, 06:55:40 PM »
A cabbage leaf? Wow - that is a cool idea.

I made an awesome mould once from a piece of that cool fractal broccoli veg too.

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Re: Making your own texture plates
« Reply #13 on: April 18, 2011, 11:31:56 PM »
I remember seeing a cake artist on TV recently using a head of cauliflower to press a cool mottled texture into fondant - it makes a lovely dense fabric effect :)

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Re: Making your own texture plates
« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2011, 02:45:50 AM »
Loving the cabbage leaf idea! :D