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Hi folks. I've been using a Silhouette Cameo cutter to create vinyl decals I put on my bisque before dipping in glaze to create a negative space design. (it's ain't easy creating a signature look and standing out in an art town) It's challenging (sometimes flat crazy making) because if you pull the decals too soon, glaze runs into the area you want to keep clean and too late, it flakes and chunks come off with the decal and I end up doing a lot of clean up or touch up. Add to that my unnatural love of gooey, reactive, unpredictable and persnickety glazes and it can be a real PITA, especially when doing runs of 200+ pieces. My cutter just broke and I won't be able to afford a new one any time soon. Once I was done stressing out and having a mini meltdown, I decided to try to create something new, different and cooler. I was thinking about carving stamps of my more popular designs and then using crayons as wax resist (I have no love for liquid wax resist and a very complicated history with it) Crayons are crazy cheap at the dollar store and easy to control. Bonus, I can leave some small bits unwaxed to add shadow/more texture... I've only made one stamp, I carved into some craft plaster of paris advertised as â€œcarvableâ€, then pushed wet clay into the carving and bisque fired to create a stamp. So here are my questionsâ€¦. Has anyone ever used crayons as wax resist? And did they work well for you? What is your favorite carving material for making stamps? I've added a couple of photos of what I've been doing to provide a visualâ€¦ Thanks in advance
I have to confess that over the last forty or so years, most of my pots have been marked either with my signature or initials scratched into the base of the pot. But lately I've noticed that a nice clean stamped mark is much better looking, at least to my eyes. Recently I designed a stamp for future pots that has a slightly stylized adaptation of my initials, and I like it better. How do other potters feel about this issue? My excuse for the scratched signature is basically laziness and not paying enough attention to that detail, but I'm sure other folks have different thoughts on the matter, and I'd love to hear them.