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Stamping on Ceramics

Voted “Most innovative” at the 2011 Contemporary Ceramic Studios Convention, Rubber Stamp Tapestry offers a large selection of 224 individual peg stamps and 54 peg stamp sets designed for use on ceramic bisque (and fabric) with outstanding results!

With our component stamping process, it’s easy to create beautiful and functional items that will be cherished by generations to come.

Did you know that custom dinnerware, mugs, vases and other ceramics can be decorated with rubber stamps? Yes, there’s a vast world of possibilities just waiting for you when you peg stamp on ceramic bisque!

Special Instructions for Stamping on Ceramic Bisque

1. Choose Your Location
If you don’t have your own kiln, take our peg stamps to your local Paint-Your-Own-Pottery-Studio (PYOP) studio, where you can choose your bisqueware, decorate it with their underglazes and they will take care of the entire firing process for you!

2. Choose the Stamps
Use our Bitty Stamps™ for small areas that are hard to reach or that have sharper curves. Larger stamps are best for flat surfaces and smoother curves.

3. Prepare the Stamps
If the outer edge of a stamp has a overhanging lip, remove it using a pair of small scissors. Removing this lip will prevent the stamp from leaving a circular pattern when stamping. To remove any oily residue that might prevent the underglaze from adhering to new stamps, clean the end of the stamp with a cleaning solution or very gently wipe the rubber across a section of clean ceramic bisque.

4. Adjust Underglaze Consistency
Place a small piece of foam in an underglaze cup, pour in 1 teaspoon (4.93 mL) of glaze, and smooth it out with a mixing paddle until absorbed. Gently press the stamp onto the foam and stamp onto a piece of paper. If the image is not clear, add more underglaze. If the image is too wet, use another piece of foam to absorb the excess. While stamping, occasionally use a fine mist sprayer to gently remoisten the underglaze in the cup to make the image clearer.

5. Stamp the Bisque
Using a ruler, templates, or free-hand, draw with a pencil where you want to stamp. There is no need to erase the pencil marks before glazing because they will fire off the bisqueware in the kiln. Use the StampRight™ placement line on the end of the peg stamp to determine the position of the image. Sometimes you will need to rock and/or roll the stamp to get the best impression. This takes a little practice, but once you learn the technique, you will be amazed at how fast and easy it is.

6. Clean Between Colors
Thoroughly clean your stamps between underglaze colors with a microfiber cloth and cleaning solution like the one we have listed below. Use a toothbrush to clean recessed areas of the stamp.

Our DIY Stamp Cleaning Recipe

  • 2 Tablespoons glycerine
  • 1 tsp environmentally friendly dishwashing liquid
  • 7 fl. oz. distilled water
  • Pour ingredients into a spray bottle, shake and use.

7. OOPS! What About Mistakes?
Mistakes do occur and they can be fixed. If the underglaze is still wet, simply wipe the mistake away with a cotton swab or clean sponge. If the underglaze has partially dried, you may scratch if off with a stylus or cleanup tool. Use a toothpick for small mistakes.

8. Apply Clear Glaze and Fire
After stamping your bisqueware with underglaze, dip your masterpiece in a clear glaze and fire, or let your favorite PYOP studio do that for you!

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