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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Walnut Hollow Clay Embossing Kit - Tricks for ease of use

I recently purchased the Walnut Hollow Clay Embossing Set, and I'm very happy with it overall. However, I did find it very difficult to find the letter I wanted when I wanted it. Part of that is because I have poor eye sight and part of it is because the embossing letters are the same color of plastic as the base of the letters. Well, I took it upon myself to 'tweak' the manufacturer's product so that it'll be easier for me to use.

Materials needed: toothpick(s)/or small paint brushes, acrylic paint (I picked black but you can use any color you choose), and clear coat in a spray can.

After separating the letters, I dipped a toothpick into the paint and gently touched the letter area with the paint. It needs to be a thin coat so that it doesn't alter how well the embossing letters work. After the acrylic paint dried, I put on a light coat of clear spray paint. My theory is that the clear will lead to the acrylic staying on longer, but I don't know how long the paint will stay on whether I had used straight acrylic paint or with the acrylic and clear sealant. Either way, I can surely find the letter I'm looking for *much* faster than I could when they were all one color. Check it out in the photos! Yes, it did take some time to cover each letter but I figure the time it took will more than pay off considering each letter will be much easier to find with *every* project I do. Long term goal? Time saved!

I love, love, love my Walnut Hollow Clay Embossing Set overall and I recommend Walnut Hollow's Clay Embossing Kit for every clay artist (No, I do not have any affiliation with Walnut Hollow. This is a review for one consumer, that's all)! It's one of the best items I've ever purchased to add to my clay tools. My mind goes wild with how many things I can do with it! I want to race through websites looking for quotable quotes and dust off a few of the statements I've coined in the past.

If Walnut Hollow were to ask me to review the kit (I'd love to be asked to review new product. How fun would *that* be?!), I'd say it's fabulous overall but I'd like to see them change two things about it: 1) Color the text portion of the embossing stamps to make them easier to read (if that's even possible within the manufacturing process). 2) Add a few more of the blue letter holders to the kit or create a package whereby they can be bought separately - maybe even in different sizes. That way, one could preset letters in place for commonly used words (my commonly used words are: love, of, and, the, are, but, and faith) so the consumer doesn't have to change out the letters as often.

Let's face it, many of us are limited by the amount of time we can spend in our creative spaces. Things need to be organized, efficient and user friendly.

I'm off to craft... something!

That's my tip for Walnut Hollow's Clay Embossing Kit. I hope it makes your hours of crafting much easier and fun!!!