So much to do.... So little time.... A favorite quote that is often used by folks like me and others who find their lives filled to the brim. However, with careful management, I've managed to squeeze out enough time to try a new 'mold-ie' idea.
For a long time the thought of making original Texture Mats from my own drawings has intrigued me. Our current mold rubber is a bit too soft for pressing a design into polymer clay without 'blurring' so researching a properly stiff rubber that will give an imprint and also be flexible enough to bend easily became our first priority. When there was a bit of time, I contacted the rubber company that we have worked with for years, requested samples and found one that is "Just Right".
Next we needed to create an original mat from which a mold maker could be cast. More time provided the research and solution as to what we would need for this step.
There was finally time available to make our first mats. We started with a design called Branches, a sheet of simple interlocking branches on a plain background.
The second is Swirling Ginko Leaves, ginko leaves in a variety of sizes on a background of swirling dots.
On both mats the images are "outies".
Each mat is 6 by 4.5 inches. I'm not sure if I like them this way or if we ought to remake them with the images as "Innies".
When these mats are rolled onto a clay sheet misted with water, the images are embedded into the clay. ( "Innies" ).
However, if we make a new rubber mat by molding the opposite way, when the mat is rolled into a sheet of clay, the line art images will be sticking out ( "outies" ).
Hummm...... Lots to think about. Maybe we should try "outie" texture mats tomorrow.
So much to do..... So little time....