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Re: [BKARTS] leather-like material



In anticipation of a couple of classes that I'm scheduled to teach, have
been doing more experimenting with soft-polymer carving material, such as
Staedtler Mars mastercarve.   They make great embossing elements in slabs of
air-hardening craft clay--great for repeats (if you want, cut away some
areas of surrounding polymer, to create an irregularly shaped embossing
matrix).   Flatten a ball of the clay with a rolling pin to about 1/4 inch
thickness, and after printing with the linoleum-cutter carved blocks, trim
away the excess borders of clay with an X-acto knife.  Haven't tried this
yet, but it may help: dampen the carved block before embossing with it, so
that it is easier to remove from the clay.  The dried piece, which is
surprisingly light, can be colored with water color, or surface rubbed with
Caran d'Ache.  Possibly shellacked for a glossy finish, but haven't tried
it.  Then the plaque can be insert-mounted in a book cover.

Rand

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