Polymer Clay Tutorial | Rubber Stamp Textured Beads and Pendants

Rubber Stamped Polymer Clay Beads and Pendants

Vid #109: “Cindy, You’ve Even Taught This Old Dog a Few New Tricks.” ~Jaime-H

The wonderfully textured polymer clay beads and pendants in today’s photo can easily be made using rubber stamps, acrylic paints and the polymer clay brand of your choice. And this week’s member tutorial video [Volume-013-1], will show you exactly how to do it. The video will be available for viewing in the Polymer Clay Members Library on Friday, June 5, 2009.

I am another one who really looks forward to the Friday video, and as usual I am amazed by all the different things you can do with polymer clay. Thanks Cindy, and keep up the good work:) ~Rachel

I look forward to your weekly members video. I am so glad to be a member. My beads have become so much better and I have the confidence to experiment now, which is important in skill development. ~Cara

Been dying to see this done!  Cannot wait for Friday. ~Jocelyn

In this Volume-013-1 video, you will learn how to create stamped pendants, rectangular beads and rolled beads. Plus an ancient looking ‘relic’ that looks like it was broken off a carved stone manuscript. Perfect for pendants, scrapbooking embellishments and mosaics.

Even if you have already had some experience using rubber stamps with polymer clay, there are several tips and tricks in this tutorial that you may not yet know about.

Cindy. I have been working with polymer clay for about 15 years now and am still as addicted as I was the first time I laid eyes on it. I have tried so many techniques over the years. Your videos and tips are an inspiration to all. I check your blog daily for the latest tip, pearl of wisdom. ~Sam

Hi I have been doing polymer clay for awhile now. A friend of mine had sent me the link to your videos and I have enjoyed every one of them so far. Thanks for being such a great person. ~Linda

You are very generous to share your knowledge with us! I have been using polymer clay for 9 years and have taken classes from some of the biggest names in polymer clay but you always seem to have something interesting to add or even a new technique or two. Keep up the good work. I think you are doing a spectacular job. ~Gayle

I’ve been playing with clay for awhile now but really appreciate your videos. They’re straight forward and easy to follow. Thanks so much :) ~Heather

Hi Cindy. If I was asked right now what tools you would need to get started in polymer clay? I would have to say that besides the pasta machine and some clay. The best tool you could have, and the best value for your money, would be a membership to the Polymer Clay Tutor and your wonderful tutorial library. I can’t say it enough. Where were you 20 years ago when I started with this stuff? LOL. You’ve even taught this “old dog” a few tricks. Gotta love that! XOXO ~Jamie

Hi Cindy, just got around to watching your video (am way behind on reading my e-mail) but glad I finally got to yours. I enjoy getting my lessons from you and watching the videos. I have been claying many years now but still learn a trick or 2 by watching them. Also I love the fact that you answer all the questions sent to you about how to work with clay and are always so willing to teach each “little” step so that no steps are missed as each “little” step is also part of a “bigger” step. Thanks again. ~Adrienne

The full version of the Volume-013-1 video will be available in the library on Friday (June 5). But further down on this page is a little sneak peak clip for you to watch right now if you like.

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The full version of the “Rubber Stamp” preview video shown above, is available for purchase at my Polymer Clay Bead Making Videos Library in the Volume-013 Back Issue Package.

The following topics are covered in this “Rubber Stamp Texture” video:

  • How to create several bead shapes using rubber stamps, including disk shapes, rectangular shapes, rolled beads, stamped pendants and an ancient relic tile.
  • Adding torn edges to the ancient relic piece to make it look like an archeological artifact that’s just been unearthed.
  • What a resist is in regards to rubber stamping, the different types and when to use each method.
  • Ways to use your favorite polymer clay color palette in a teardrop blend, to add more style to your beads.
  • Discussion about how important proper finishing is for ending up with professional results.
  • How to antique your textured beads to achieve a more dimensional look.
  • Types of rubber stamps you can use for this project.

  1. Doug K, 02 June, 2009

    Brand new to the craft. My stepfather, who just passed last week, had been doing polymer clay for 2 years, and even sold his wares in the nursing home.

    My wife and I are going to try it and perhaps we can move from novice to where we can supplement our income. I am really excited, love your video’s (bought the 39 lesson beginner’s lessons) they are extremely helpful and a darn sight better than learning from a book – although we have a book or two as well.

  2. Judith Stonier, 03 June, 2009

    Thanks again for sorting out the ‘not able to sign in problem’. Big thanks for your tutorials…. informative, clear and interesting. Looking forward to all the Fridays coming up.

    Question about the rock tumbler..will it be to harsh for beads covered with clay fabric,or slices 1/32″ (Precise a slice).


  3. Sue Whelan, 05 June, 2009

    Hi Cindy,
    The texturizing with rubber stamps video was exactly what I was looking for. Great explanations and I loved the results. The columbine colours are gorgeous, too. My favourite lesson so far. Thanks so much. I can’t wait to try the technique :-)

  4. Jocelyn, 05 June, 2009

    Cindy those roll up beads, done with the teardrop blend then antiqued, are gorgeous. Easy to do for most folks too. This would make a wonderful activity for a group of folks you’d like to expose to polymer clay for the first time, like a children’s art class or elderly center craft day. Lot’s of WOW IMPACT based on simple procedures.

  5. Freda, 05 June, 2009

    I made two of the textured roll up beads and put them in the oven with a number of others. When I took them out there was only one roll up bead. I looked everywhere and even dug around in the oven. I didn’t know that beads were like socks in the dryer – they just disappear. Oh, well, I suppose some day it will show up in some unusual place.

  6. Jamie, 06 June, 2009

    Hello Freda. Were you maybe using translucent clay and it worked so well that its just invisible now? Sorry, I dont mean to make light of your missing bead plight. Ugh! sorry bad rhyme too. (I was reading Dr Seuss to my grandson earlier and hes contagious!) Seriously though, I have never had this happen to me. I cant even begin to imagine what might have happened to it. There are so many possibilities! Maybe it especially appealed to a passing gremlin and he couldnt resist snitching it. Or perhaps when you cut it out you unwittingly created a mini bead-muda triangle and it is now in another dimension being looked at by another Freda who is wondering how she got an extra bead! Or it could be the aliens got tired of abducting socks to puzzle us and now they are moving on to beads! Did you check your oven for black holes? Do you have any trolls living nearby? They are notorious for stealing pretty things! Ok, ok, so maybe I can “imagine” a little too much. Hahaha! But if you do find out whatever happened to it, please let us know so we can all avoid losing beads in the future. XOXO Jamie

  7. Jamie, 06 June, 2009

    This video illustrates perfectly what I love so much about your tutorials Cindy. And that is how much you really give us each week for our tiny membership fee. Not only did you show how to use rubber stamps for a great look. But you also showed how to make several types of beads AND how to antique them to highlight the effect even more. Thats three great techniques in just one video. There isnt a better value for your money to be found anywhere else on the web. And believe me I have looked. XOXO Jamie

  8. Freda, 07 June, 2009

    Jamie you are so funny. I hope you are a writer because you really know how to tell a story. I had looked in the oven, around the oven and on the floor and my workspace. Then that evening I was doing something else near there and leaned down to look on the floor again. Something caught my eye. The bead had rolled under the oven. Evidently it didn’t want to be baked, felt it was good the way it was, so was hiding from me. I convinced it that it would be better and prettier if it had a little heat. It went in kicking and screaming but it is a pretty bead now and matches its mate.

  9. Jennifer M., 07 June, 2009

    This is probably a silly question, but do you antique the bead before you buff or after? I am assuming it is before…..but I have been wrong before :)

    Also, because of he paint, do you have to put future on it to protect the paint from chipping/peeling, water, etc.?

    Thanks :)

  10. Jamie, 07 June, 2009

    Aww thanks Freda. Im not a writer(yet anyway, but who knows?)I am however an avid reader with a sometimes too big imagination. And something about the situation just struck my funny bone. I am glad you found the missing imp though. Lets just hope its little adventure and subsequent sauna treatment have taken the wanderlust away, and it will be a good little bead from now on. Otherwise you could find a bead revolution in your jewelry box someday. And that would be “revolt-ing” Hahaha! XOXO Jamie

  11. Cindy Lietz, 08 June, 2009

    Sorry guys I haven’t responded to your great comments till now. Been pretty busy around here!

    @Doug: Sorry to hear about your Stepfather. It is always sad when we lose someone we love. :-( Pleased to know that you and your wife will be crafting together. There are a lot of husband-wife teams in the polymer clay world. Just keep hanging around here, absorb as much as possible and share what you discover and you’ll be a pro in no time!

    @Judith: You’re very welcome, glad to help! I answered that tumbler question for you when you asked it in another thread. If you click the ‘bead making success’ link by my name it will take you directly to where I answered it.

    @Sue W: Thank you! Your comment made my day! :-)

    @Jocelyn: I agree that simple ideas can have a lot of impact. They are my favorite types of things to teach because everyone achieves success with them and they are anything but boring!

    @Freda and Jamie: Love the missing bead and alien abduction theory! You guys are so much fun to have around!! :-)

    @Jennifer: No questions are ever silly. If you don’t know the answer, you have to ask the question!! :-) As far as antiquing, you can do it before or after buffing, though I usually do it after to give the paint a sheen too. You don’t need to seal in the paint because it is made of a similar material and bonds with the clay. Won’t flake off at all!

  12. Linda, 11 June, 2009

    I don’t know if I’d miss something in the tutorial, but I’m somewhat confused. For the stamping/with paint, would I paint the rubber stamp before pressing it into the clay? Sorry, if my ? is so dumb, but I did have my new puppy nipping/biting at my toes,I’m sorry, I didn’t give it my full attention. Can this be clear up for me, thanks, Linda

  13. Jamie, 12 June, 2009

    Hi Linda. I hope you dont mind if I answer your question. But first let me say that I dont believe there are any dumb questions. Only dumb mistakes made because you didnt ask. And I know all about little nipping puppies and kitties with sharp little claws that want to play with your ankles, LOL! I have a few of both! So, now for your question. In this particular video for the method Cindy is demonstrating, you would stamp the clay first, and then apply paint after it is baked and sanded to bring out your stamped design. Some other methods would have you apply ink or some other coloring medium to your stamp before pressing it into the clay, but for this style of bead you dont. I hope that helps to answer your question. XOXO Jamie

  14. Cindy Lietz, 17 June, 2009

    @Linda: Jamie did a beautiful job answering your question. If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

    @Jamie: You are a doll for helping Linda like that! Been so busy haven’t been able to keep up with all the questions. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  15. Jamie, 17 June, 2009

    Any time I can help out Im glad to do it. Especially for someone who gives us all so much like you do Cindy. Sorry I havent been here more lately though. But hubby had surgery on his back on friday so Ive only just had time to answer some mail and peek at your blog. I didnt even get time to watch the new tut on friday! No worries though. Everything went well and he’ll be back on his feet in no time. Then I’ll be back same as always. Till then, miss you all. XOXO Jamie

  16. Cindy Lietz, 21 June, 2009

    So glad to have you back Jamie!

    Happy that your husband is doing well. My Dad has had two back surgeries and a hip surgery over this past year and now that he has healed up, he’s bouncing around like Tigger again!

    It is so great what they can do for people now. Hope your husband heals quick and is no longer in pain. It is sad to see the ones you love hurting.

    It is such a pleasure to have you around here. We all missed you too! XOXOXOXOXO (a few extra hugs and kisses just for you!)

  17. Jocelyn, 26 June, 2009

    @ Jamie

    How’s hubby doing now? Was the surgery successful?

    @ Cindy

    Love these success stories post surgery and so glad for your Dad. My brother was overdosed on steroids as treatment for a massive bleed during a bout of ulcerative colitis about 20 years ago. Unfortunately it shut down blood supply to his joints and they began to dissolve, incredibly painful.

    Since then, he has had two shoulder replacements (both sides), two hip replacements (both sides) and is now having surgery shortly for his third set of knee replacements.

    All were marvelously successful, and due to his overall excellent health and workouts, he was able to walk out of the hospital with no rehab at all. I am also sure his success was insured by having the work done by top notch ortho surgeons who handle the name athletes in both the North and the South.

    Wish more folks would consider this surgery and earlier. For most, it means freedom from pain and a much fuller life.

  18. Jamie, 26 June, 2009

    Thank you both for your concern, and thanks too for the extra hugs and kisses Cindy. Can never have enough of those! He is doing much better now and in a lot less pain than before. You are right about the surgeries Jocelyn. Without them he would be in a wheelchair by now. But he has a very good doctor and he is very optimistic that this should do the trick. For his back at least. Hubby has degenerative joint disorder too, and has had both arms done at shoulder, elbow and wrist. He has had 6 back surgeries and both knees replaced. All have been successful and relieved his pain. Other than a couple incidents of infection because he is diabetic, he always bounces back pretty quick. He hates to lay in bed so he is up and about almost immediately. Even though I wish he would take it a little slower. Im a nurse by training so he is in good hands, but he doesnt always listen to me. The only trouble on the horizon now might be the hips. But we will cross that bridge when we get to it. I will pass on all your good thoughts and Im sure he sends a big thank you to you both. XOXO Jamie

  19. Jocelyn, 27 June, 2009

    @ Jamie

    What a lucky man to have you for a wife. And a nurse to boot!

    So glad to hear he has good medical care and is healing well, despite being a diabetic. That’s your work, girl, LOL!

  20. Jamie, 27 June, 2009

    Thanks again Jocelyn. He’s not a bad patient either in spite of the pain he is in. He could be a grouchy bear like some I have taken care of. But he always tries not to be. And he always tries to get me something special to say thank you for helping him through these. Not that he has to, but I couldnt stop him if I tried. The last surgery he had he got me this very nice countertop convection oven just for baking my clay in. This time he bought me the double barrel tumbler I mentioned in another post. And hes always very supportive of my interest in crafts, even after 29 years! So Im pretty lucky to have him too. XOXO Jamie

  21. Cindy Lietz, 27 June, 2009

    Your husband sounds like a dear man, Jamie. You two are blessed to have each other… Just as we are blessed to have you here! :-)

  22. Jamie, 27 June, 2009

    Awwww Im blushing here! I just feel very lucky I found you all. I so look forward to all your postings, and love you and your hubby for making this site possible. You give us all so much just by providing this forum. The videos and how to’s are the icing on the cake! XOXO Jamie :*

  23. Cindy Lietz, 17 April, 2010


    Polymer Clay Jewelry Projects

    Hello to Everyone,

    Some new Spotlight project pictures that relate to the topic of this page (Rubber Stamped Texture Beads), have just been added in another post. They were submitted by Carole Holt. The link by my name will take you to where you can see them, along with a bit of a write up. Hopefully they will inspire you to achieve great things with your own polymer clay projects.

  24. Brenda M, 08 October, 2010

    Cindy@ I was wondering were you found the clear blocks for your stamps? I just purchased a load of clear stamps and would love to have some of those..

  25. Phaedrakat, 09 October, 2010

    @Hi Brenda, I’ve seen these at all the craft/scrapbooking stores…they’re kept with the acrylic stamps. Michael’s & JoAnn’s have small ones, too (about 1.5 to 2″ squares,) but the acrylic is not as thick…only about 1/4″ or so. They’re in the dollar bins, so they’re cheap…and the perfect size for small stamps. Hope this helps… ~Kat

  26. Brenda M, 09 October, 2010

    Kat@ Thanks….. I’ll Make sure to hit those bins on Monday (Holiday Sales!!). hip.. hip.. hurray!!

  27. Sandra, 10 December, 2010

    I’m in a quandry I thoughr I’d be really smart and save some money so I emptied a number of shotgun pellets to use in my tumbler. It came out so black that I havenot been able to use it. HOW DO I GET IT CLEAN, or is that an impossibility?
    I love this site!! I know if anyone will know, it will come from all the great people on this site.

  28. Cindy Lietz, 13 December, 2010

    @Sandra: You know Sandra you aren’t the only person who has done that before. I do remember there being conversation about that very same problem a while back. I looked all over this site but couldn’t find it so I went online and did find a pdf article done by the company CoolTools about cleaning rock tumblers that have been contaminated and are now leaving a black/yellow sludge on things. This article should help. Here is the link: cooltools.us/v/vspfiles/images/tumblercontamination.pdf

    Do come back and let us know how it works out.

  29. Doreen Neilley, 19 April, 2016

    I just found a brilliant idea for making texture stamps using crystal glasses! Here is the Pinterest URL

  30. Cindy Lietz, 22 April, 2016

    That is a neat Pin Doreen! I used a similar idea in my Faux Stoneware tutorial where I pressed clay into the bottom of a cut glass plate to get the image. There are so many wonderful vintage patterns out there that you can use for textures on polymer clay. Thank you so much for passing along this idea!

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