DIY Texture Stamps Made From Wine Corks & Buttons

DIY Texture Stamps - Polymer Clay TutorVideo #769: A low-cost alternative for making your own polymer clay texture stamps that won’t break the bank, or your budget.

There are a ton of really cool products available for stamping into polymer clay to make awesome patterns and designs. I have reviewed many of them. But some of them can be on the expensive side, and not everyone has a budget for a lot of tools and supplies.

Recently, with the moving and reorganizing of my Studio, I came across some cool stamps I had made years ago for a paper making class I used to teach. These stamps were made of wine corks, buttons and hot glue. As soon as I saw them I thought of polymer clay… of course!

Turns out these cool DIY Texture Stamps are perfect for making great designs in polymer clay, and the are super inexpensive to make!

So I thought I would show you how.

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My goal is to help you to learn quicker and easier ways to bring up the professionalism in your polymer clay art.

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Cindy Lietz SignaturePolymer Clay Tutor
  1. Michelle T, 20 February, 2017

    Nice to see this idea as I did purchase corks for the very same reason, just have not gotten around to trying it out yet. I made letters out of shrinky dink that were cut out on cricut machine. I needed something to stick words or very small letters on, so looking forward to watching this video.
    I am a new clayer, so looking very forward to watching as many videos as I can.

  2. Cindy Lietz, 20 February, 2017

    That idea sounds very interesting Michelle! DO let us know how they work out!

  3. Krishna Isley, 20 February, 2017

    I was a hobbyist when I first discovered your channel 5 years ago .now I have a semi-steady income as an artist. My focus is sculpting animals with polymer clay, however I am so thankful for your channel so often you have tips like this that I know I can use . Your most helpful tip was one on baking times. that really helped me make long lasting durable sculptures that i could sell. You have so many great ideas like using buttons for texture that would never have occurred to me! Your videos always encourage me to take my art to new levels.

  4. Jocelyn C, 22 February, 2017

    This video is so great. Have tons of corks ( I am not a lush, lol) shared by friends and family since I do lots of cork hot plate mats and memo boards.

    Also lucky enough to have both Grams’ and Mom’s button jars and cans. I will have days of fun in the summer heat putting these stamps together. Enjoy making handmade paper so that’s another craft I could get started on again with those great stamps.

    I do love that “click the knife away” cutter you are using. Checked around and cannot find the equivalent near me. Would you please share the manufacturer of the blade and possibly where you found it?

    With the way my hands get numb and the amount of packages I open, that most definitely is a safety tool I need.

  5. Cindy Lietz, 22 February, 2017

    Thanks Jocelyn! That knife is linked up above just under the video. It is called a Pen-Blade. It is awesome!

  6. Dawn B, 22 February, 2017

    Buttons and corks! Great idea!

  7. Cindy Lietz, 28 February, 2017

    Thanks Dawn! I don’t really remember where I got the idea from years ago (perhaps Martha) but it is simple and wonderfully effective!

  8. Dixie Ann, 23 February, 2017

    Well I’ll say it again, what a clever girl you are Cindy! Off to get some corks.

  9. Cindy Lietz, 28 February, 2017

    Like I said above to Dawn, I think it may have been an old Martha Stewart idea but when I came across the box of them, I knew they would be perfect for polymer clay. The variety is endless too!

  10. Belinda Ashton, 24 February, 2017

    Love this idea. I have a box of buttons containing some that belonged to my grandmother and I am sure some would be perfect to use like this.

  11. Cindy Lietz, 28 February, 2017

    Yeah I think a lot of us has some jars or boxes of buttons passed along from our grandmas and moms. It it a wonderful use of them and they won’t get harmed in any way, so you won’t have ruined them should they ever turn out to be valuable. :)

  12. Lesley Kuhn, 03 March, 2017

    Hey Cindy!
    I had so much fun making these that I couldn’t stop!!! I made 112 of them! They are so cute and work well! I even found a button that will make a great signature stamp for my pieces! Thanks for sharing this idea!
    Warmest Regards, Lesley

  13. Cindy Lietz, 05 March, 2017

    WOW! 112 that is a lot of stamps! That is so cool about finding a good signature stamp for yourself. I am so glad the tip was so helpful for you Lesley!

  14. Kathay Iskrzycki, 13 February, 2023

    I need to know if possible can you put polymer clay on to a cork and cook it on the cork so the clay stays on how do you go about doing this I want to make corks for wine bottles I don’t know anything about it I know if you put a cork in a microwave it swells up but I don’t know what it does in a regular oven is there any way you could help me out with this I really would appreciate it. I have a problem I never can get online when you’re online and it’s disheartening because I don’t see you until midnight some nights and you’re not on and yet you come on at 12:00 noon in my area but I can’t watch you at 12:00 noon thank you for all the help you could give me about this matter.

  15. Cindy Lietz, 14 February, 2023

    Hi Kathay, I am pretty sure the cork would be fine in the oven… though the best way to know for sure is to put a cork into the oven at the temp you bake your clay at, and see how it does. Microwaves work entirely different so, I don’t think the cork will do the same thing in a normal oven at such a low temp. But like I said, test it first. The other option is to just glue your piece onto the cork after you bake it. If you put a toothpick or bamboo skewer into the bottom of your piece when you bake it and then push the skewer into the cork with some Weldbond glue. That should hold well enough. Though again… you’ll have to play around a little to get the perfect solution. Good luck!

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