I LOVE Clay Stamps. LOVE ’em!!! I look at them on the ‘net, I collect images of them on Pinterest, I follow blogs of potters who make them. Love Love Love…
And I’ve made my own… maybe 50 or 60 and I use them a lot.
So what’s intrigued me lately was seeing how many people sell them on Etsy. And I’m eventually going to have an Etsy shop, I just haven’t found the product that
– I will enjoy making
– Is relatively easy and cheap to ship
– People will buy
It sure SEEMS like people buy these clay stamps from Etsy Shops. And frankly, I thought they were all pretty expensive. Soooooooo, I decided to spend a day making stamps to see if this was going to be my Etsy product.
Let me say, right off the top, I am now SO much more impressed by people who make money doing this!!! And considering how long it takes to make a GOOD stamp, the pricing seems very reasonable. It’s not nearly as easy as I thought it would be.
The stamps that I originally made, in a 5 day course with Clay Guru Lana Wilson, are wonderful and I really do use them a lot. BUT I couldn’t offer them for sale – they’re functional but they’re not finished nicely.
SOOOOOOOOOO, first off, I started by doing a combination of pressing things into clay and then trying to carve the soft clay
Then I tried carving clay that had dried for a day or two
Then I resorted to simply pressing stuff into clay
There actually are some pretty cool stamps in this bunch, I think. You don’t know till you’ve fired ’em and pressed them into clay to see what they look like.
But sell them??? I don’t think so……….
Back to the drawing board………..