ABOVE (clockwise from top): Pulp in blender, oven-dried castings on cookie stamps (with handles) and on craft stamps (flat), dry castings removed from stamps and ready to varnish, more stamps, bowl with fork and pulp to spread on stamps, sponge to remove excess water.
What you'll need to make paper castings:
Rycraft’s 100% cotton linter paper* – our linter paper is a very pure white in color
and is made of natural 100% cotton fiber. No wood products are used.
1 or more Rycraft cookie stamps or craft stamps
Cooking oil & toothbrush for oiling stamps
Absorbent towels (cloth or paper)
Felt or sponge for blotting excess moisture
Oven preheated to 275 degrees F
Optional: Scissors to trim around design, varnish, paints and brushes, and other craft supplies of your choice to enhance your handcast creations
* You may use any paper you have on hand to make paper castings
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Five Easy Steps
1. Prepare the pulp:
Tear 1/4 sheet of linter paper into small pieces (the size of a quarter or half-dollar), and put in blender. Add 2 cups water, and allow to soak 1 minute. Blend at low speed for 1 minute to make a soft, mushy pulp. Do not overblend. Pour pulp into a small bowl for safe and easy handling. Note: You may want to drain excess water using a sieve.
2. Oil the stamp:
With a toothbrush, apply a thin coat of oil to the surface of your stamp. Be sure to work oil into all the indentations of the design. Wash excess oil off the stamp with soap and hot water, and then rinse and towel dry. (See Molding Hints under Helpful Hints).
3. Fill the stamp and remove excess water:
For small medallions, hold the stamp with the design face up over the bowl of pulp. Using about one Tbsp. at a time, press the pulp gently onto the face of the stamp until it is evenly covered, to about 1/8" thick.
Using a piece of felt to cover the pulp on the surface of the stamp, press hard to blot out excess water; then use your fingertips to work the pulp down into the design. The harder you press, the smoother and more detailed the medallion’s surface will be. Carefully turn the pulp and stamp face down onto a dry towel, pressing firmly to remove as much water as possible.
For large medallions, follow the instructions for small medallions. Then place a piece of felt on a layer of toweling. On the felt, build up a thin layer of pulp that is wider than the stamp. Turn your stamp (filled with pulp) face down, and press firmly onto the layer of pulp you have built up. Use your fingers to apply pressure to the stamp and the pulp around the stamp to remove excess water.
4. Oven dry the pulp:
For small medallions, remove the felt, and set it aside. Place the stamp and pulp face up on the cookie sheet for drying. For large medallions, carefully remove the felt, and place the stamp and pulp face down on the cookie sheet.
Put the cookie sheet in a 275° oven until the pulp is dry — 10 to 60 minutes, depending on the thickness of the pulp. Medallions may also be dried in the sun on a warm day. For faster drying, place stamps in a microwave on medium for 2 to 3 minutes; drying time depends on the individual microwave and the thickness of the pulp
5. Remove the paper medallion:
When the paper is completely dry and the stamp has cooled enough to touch, carefully lift the medallion from the stamp.
Techniques for Special Effects
Experiment with adding food coloring and/or colored paper and/or ultrafine glitter to small amounts of the wet pulp for special effects.
If your casting sticks to the stamp, it needs more drying time, or you need to clean and oil the stamp again as in Step 2. (Note: Step 2 need only be repeated if your medallions are dry and still sticking to the stamps.)
Trimming and cutting:
If you plan to cut out the design of your medallion, use a small, sharp-pointed pair of scissors, and make the layer of pulp very thin for easier trimming. For crisp, clean edges, coat the medallion with decoupage finish or acrylic varnish, let dry, and then cut to the desired shape.
Recycle leftover pulp and scraps:
Save your scraps and trimmings of linter paper, and add them to your next batch of pulp. Remember not to mix scraps that have color or glitter with white pulp unless you intend to create a special effect
Painting with texture:
If you want a grainy texture on your project, mix a little sand or tiny grain (such as ground oatmeal or sawdust) with a little paint or glue.
Painted and Cut-out Medallions:
Choose the stamp designs you like best. Use the crisp, white medallions as they come off the stamp, or trim them into cut-outs with scissors. use paint and glitter to decorate them (we recommend adult supervision when children use glitter). You can also glue a magnet on the back of cut-outs for a charming gift
How to Stiffen Doilies:
If your doily is unstarched, saturate it with spray starch or a commercial fabric stiffener, and block as follows: (1) put wax paper on top of a board (styrofoam, corrugated cardboard, or cork), and tape it down; (2) use pins to shape the wet doilies and secure them on the board. Optional: After they are dry and stiff, make them permanently stiff by applying a coat of varnish and let dry
How to Apply Glitter:
Two methods for applying glitter*
Add fine glitter to your paint (using an acrylic gel medium if you like), or add it to varnish and brush it on. Let dry.
Coat the casting with varnish and/or paint. Let it dry. Then apply a coat of varnish or paint (only to the areas of the casting where you want glitter), and sprinkle the glitter onto the wet varnish. Let dry.
In both methods, you may want to add a sealer coat of varnish to hold the glitter on the surface
*Ultra-fine and fine glitters are not recommended for children.