Friday, October 16, 2015

Creating Texture Sheets Using Makin’s Clay®

I have several hard plastic items that have really nice textures.  In the past, I would roll my clay out on the textures hoping to get a good impression.  Now, I’ve discovered how to get a great impression every time by creating my own texture sheets using Makin’s Clay®. 
Makin’s Clay® is an air dry clay so the texture sheet does not have to be baked.  It just dries out with the texture on it!
All of the Makin’s Clay® was rolled out to a #7 or a one card thickness before being placed on the texture plates or stamps.
These are Fiskars® Texture plates.  They are made of hard plastic and will not go through a pasta machine.  After I rolled the clay out, I placed the clay on the texture plate, put a piece of paper over the clay, and then ran it through a die cut machine as if it were an embossing plate.  The clay will stick to the texture plate.  Just put it aside until the clay dries and the clay will release from the plate.  These is no need to use a release agent when you use the texture sheet with polymer clay.

These are hard plastic activity tops to a Rose Art Activity Desk.  I picked the desks up at various yard sales for about 50 cents a piece!  These desk tops are too large to go through the die cut machine so I placed the clay directly a texture on the desk top.  Then, I used my fingers and pushed on the clay until I felt the entire pattern was pushed into the clay.  I set it aside until the clay dried and loosened on its own from the plate.

This is just a rubber stamp.  It is also too big to go through my die cut machine so I just pressed the clay onto the stamp and set it aside to dry.   I did have to pull it off of the stamp but it came off with no problem.
This is a texture plate that came with an easy bake oven.  I put it through the die cut machine.


  1. Nicely done! Thanks for sharing this

  2. I've never tried Makins clay looks like a great idea, just letting it dy and releasing from the mould naturally. How long does it take to dry, and how strong is it?

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    1. The sheet is thin (one playing card thick) but because it is pressed onto plastic so it takes a little longer to dry. I usually just lay it to the side and leave it for several hours and when I come back to it it is no longer stuck to the texture plate. I've never really timed it. Also, it dries quicker on some things than it does others. Makin's Clay is very flexible after it cures.

  4. Thanks, Lisa. Are the resulting textures strong enough to go through a pasta machine? That's so thin!

    1. Yes! The samples in the top picture were all run through the pasta machine. You run it through and if it has stuck to the clay, just pull it right off. I haven't had any problems with sticking. The thinness is what got me trying different textures. I wanted to be able to run my clay through the thickest setting with the texture sheet without the clay thinning.

  5. Fiskars® Texture Plates, check!
    Die Cut Machine, check!!
    Makin’s Clay®, check!!!
    Thank you Lisa, this is brilliant and I can actually do this tonight! :-)