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.
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.