Clay Stamps

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The stamps that I originally made, in a 5 day course with Clay Guru Lana Wilson, are wonderful and I really do use them a lot.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

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Then I tried carving clay that had dried for a day or two

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Then I resorted to simply pressing stuff into clay

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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………..

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6 Responses to Clay Stamps

  1. The favorite one says:

    But I bet you had fun finding out it isn’t a money maker

  2. Jen says:

    So I am thinking you didn’t carve out those intricate designs. Did you use a stamp to make these stamps? Hmmmm.

  3. Suz says:

    I agree with Jen .. just sell the stamps that you press into clumps of clay .. is that quicker?? I also think these pressed clumps with holes for button holes would sell great on a knitting website ?? Just a thought!! I like ’em!!

  4. Can't remember if I am the evil sister or the good sister!!!!! says:

    You don’t know unless you try…sounds like a creative day in the studio

  5. Maureen says:

    Good idea. I’m sure you’ll figure it out.

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