Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Experimenting Again Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel Powder & Stamps


I should be making a birthday card but instead I've found myself experimenting some more with Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel and stamps today. I had experimented a little bit using regular rubber stamps but found that heating the enamel on the stamp did not work. As well as I learned that with a regular rubber stamp you have to spray with something which will release the cool enamel from the stamp. Thankfully I was able to get the cooled enamel off the stamp after my first experiment although I was willing to toss it if need be. Cooking spray worked perfect on my second attempt. Alas though one edge broke off so I remelted and used my one and only LaBlanche stamp. No spray was needed on that stamp as it is a silicon stamp.


I don't have a melting pot so I decided to take a Pyrex ovenproof glass measuring cup which was in the donation box to use as my melting pot. I melted the embossing enamel in the oven with the kitchen fan on to vent any fumes. I used both the Bronze shown here as well as some clear to help stretch it as the bronze I discovered is thicker as well as more expensive. Especially since I bought the clear at a yard sale for $1. If you decide to use clear for this technique you can color in the image after the enamel is cool and peeled off the stamp.

I tried on my first attempt to use Brilliance Red Gold ink on the stamp. But it didn't really show up the details of the stamp plus I did not have enough of the enamel melted to completely cover the stamp. I went with the Memento Tuxedo Black hoping it would work. One thing about this technique is if you don't like the result you get you can melt it down again. :-) Of course sometimes the enamel changes color if you have previously stamped something. I ended up getting some reddish gold streaks in the finished enamel tile.
I love how this turned out with all the detail. It really does look like a metal piece on the stamped side. Of course if you did not like how the stamped part turned out and was not using clear you could use the back side as a faux glass tile. I'm not sure yet how I'm going to use this. Anyone have any ideas?

For those who are interested in this technique I've included the video. If you don't have a melting pot you can use an ovenproof container and your oven. I set my oven at 325 and periodically checked to see if it had melted. Using a rubber stamp I sprayed on vegetable spray and blotted off the excess with a paper towel. If using ink you will need to ink the stamp first.

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Off to see about getting that birthday card done. Wishing you Happy Frugal Crafting till we meet again!

4 comments:

  1. Beautifully done!!!
    The video was very helpful. This is a really pretty technique.
    Myrna

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  2. Oh my heavens and stars, what you did is truly wonderful. You are the most frugal crafty artist I know. Bravo.

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  3. WOW, that's pretty cool Myoriah! You always such neat ideas, I love it!

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