Step 3: Carving the Clay Mold

 This step is the most fun! Start in a corner and scrape out the clay toward yourself. You should go between 1/8th and 1/4 of an inch deep. Keep removing material until you are satisfied with the basic outline.

Now smooth out the impression with a smoothing tool. It looks like a small soft eraser on a paintbrush. Try for a uniform depth and clean edges.
<p>Thanks for the guide! I executed it tonight and was pretty happy with the results. I made a simple design from modeling clay, baked it, applied some silicone spray as a release agent, then poured on some Dollar Store epoxy. The stamp isn't the prettiest colour, but it's effective. Thanks again!</p>
I think you did a great job for your first &quot;Instructable&quot;!
Nice idea- I like the personal touch :)
Had you thought about carving the mould from wax? I've cast resin in this way before, I'd not considered clay.<br /> <br /> L<br />
&nbsp;Wax would probably work great!
do you think I could make a stamp with solvent cement in place of resin?
Thank you for this Instructable. I'm not artist and most likely won't be making this but I like see that I could 'dig' or cut a design. I think that would be way easier for someone like me who isn't artistic. I do make my own soap and may someday try this.
<p>I found that at Woodcraft.com, and at their shops, you can buy high density plastic scrap that can be cut into stamps.&nbsp; You can also get soapstone (steatite) there, which could also be used as stamps.</p>
I have been making cylinder seals like the ones the Mesopotamians used three thousand years ago, but have been carving them out of round pieces of wood.&nbsp; Walnut&nbsp; (Juglans Cinerea)I &nbsp;found works the best.&nbsp; As soon as I troubleshoot my digital camera and find out how to make it work, (I suspect I may need to replace the batteries!&nbsp; D'oh!) I will make a picture to show.&nbsp; I could even make my own instructable on how I do them.
From the title, I thought it was something to do with paint and kids. <br /> I was pleasantly surprised. Nice instructable. <br /> Are the soaps for anything in particular (guest house, hotel, pub), or are they just for home? <br />
&nbsp;Thanks! I am making them to sell, because I don't like the plastic containers of liquid shampoo... :-)

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