Clay Crafts


Clay Printer
©2007 Publications International, Ltd. Make sure the words are backward for your clay printer, otherwise you can't read them.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd. Make sure the words are backward for your clay printer, otherwise you can't read them.
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Print a special message or a unique design with your very own clay printer blocks to make wrapping paper, note cards, or a wall picture.

What You'll Need:

  • Plastic-based clay
  • Waxed paper
  • Rolling pin
  • Toothpick
  • Craft knife
  • Paper clip
  • Poster paint
  • Pie pan
  • Brayer or paintbrush
  • Drawing paper

How to Make a Clay Printer:

Step 1: Roll out an even pancake of clay about 1/4-inch-thick on waxed paper. Have an adult cut it into a 3x5-inch rectangle with a craft knife.

Step 2: Sketch a design on the clay using a toothpick. If you are using letters in your design, write them in backward. (The design will be the raised part of the clay that will print.) Use the knife (have an adult help you) and paper clip to scrape away clay from the design so it is raised.

Step 3: Place some poster paint in the pie pan, and roll the brayer in the paint. Using the brayer, cover the clay printer piece with paint. If you don't have a brayer, paint the raised part of the clay with a paintbrush.

Step 4: Lay the painted clay over a piece of drawing paper. Press gently to imprint your design on the paper. If you want to use a different color, carefully rinse the paint off the clay printer and repaint it with the brayer to make another print.

Keep reading to learn how to sculpt your own clay figurine.

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