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Thread: Is there an easy way to write on PMC?

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    Default Is there an easy way to write on PMC?

    Hi all, I've just started making fingerprint jewellery and I like to engrave a name next to the fingerprint. The way I was shown how to do it is to wait until the clay is completely dry, and then use a needle tool to etch the name. I'm using it quite lightly but I'm getting very 'scratchy' results. Is there a way I can etch the name whilst the clay is more 'pliable'? Obviously I know I can't do it when its completely wet as it wouldn't work. Another idea I had was maybe to brush some water over the area I want to etch and then write onto it.

    Anyone know the best way to do it?

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    I'm no expert with pmc - but I did do a lot of work with real clay in my HND and I think the priciples are pretty much the same. If you try to do it in wet clay or clay that you have dampened again it will drag the surface and you will get wrinkles (and so will the clay!!) You do need to do it when it is dry. If you do it lightly at first and go over it again and again you should get a better result - but I would suggest that you work with some magnifying device and work very slowly so that you keep to the lines you have already inscribed. The best way to write on wet clay is by impressing letters into it.

    I'm sure the real pmc experts will be along in a bit...and I know that Nic (Murano) does fingerprints so she will be the one to listen to!!...but hope this helps in the meantime!

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    I've wondered about this myself when seeing writing in PMC pieces - I've never used PMC so I'm just curious - could you engrave the dried clay, before firing, with a rotary tool with a suitable engraving tool?

    It always struck me that this might give a better results than some of the writing I've seen on PMC.

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    If you want to work in wet clay, you could always stamp the name with small rubber alphabet stamps - there are a huge range of fonts available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizgeorge View Post
    If you want to work in wet clay, you could always stamp the name with small rubber alphabet stamps - there are a huge range of fonts available.
    Yes, however I think it looks so much better when its hand written.

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    I always do it in dried silver clay (otherwise you do get kicking up at the edges).
    Here's how I do try using the end of a burnisher and go slow
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    Great, thanks for the wonderful tips, you have some fab advice on your website!

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    George (or Anyone), where do you find it best to get small individual letter rubber stamps from please? I've been schmoozing the web for days but haven't found somewhere that has something I can identify as being small enough for what I need.

    I'm trying to get four words on something about 1.5 x 2cm and trying to write/scratch them myself just isn't working.

    Many thanx
    BBear

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    I have some justrite stampers that are very small indeed, and do the job well, but they're hard to find now. Their new range has some tiny letters, but I think they're upper case only.

    Old fashioned childrens' printing kits are often perfect for this, or if you can find some old letterpress founts (they pop up on ebay), they work well too.

    Otherwise, you could make your own polymer stamps up. Either the whole words, or make up individual letters and use them as needed.

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    just found some in Hobbycraft 99p

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