One of my favorite tools for metal clay: alphabet tool

Alphabet Tool

This is a tool that I used to manufacture and sell, and you can make it yourself, if you know how to make photopolymer plates.

Here’s what it looks like when you use it write in the clay:

Alphabet Tool Sample

Here’s what I wrote about it back in 2007, when I first started making them:

Finding the perfect tool for writing words in metal clay is not easy. Rubber stamps are too large, and metal clay sticks to rubber. I love using typewriter strikers, but they are getting harder and harder to come by, and not everyone loves them as much as I do.

To solve all these problems, I have come up with the Photopolymer Alphabet Tool! It’s a do it yourself project, but that keeps your cost low. The clear part of photopolymer plates cut very easily with scissors. Just cut out each letter and glue them with regular school glue to the backs of pencil erasers! (See photo for a sample.)

The letters are “outies” on the photopolymer plates, which will give you an impression in your metal clay. This makes it easy to use liver of sulphur to darken your letters, making them easy to read.

Where can you learn to make photopolymer plates? Here are some links to some previous posts on the subject.

Getting Started with Photopolymer Plates:

Some tips for improving your plates:

How about you? What’s your favorite way to write on metal clay? Do you make your own photopolymer plates? What’s your favorite tip about making them? Please post a comment, everyone wants to learn from you too! Thanks!

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ElaineI'm an artist, writer and provider of hard to find tools for metal clay. I blog about metal clay and jewelry making and the business of crafts at All Things Metal Clay.View all posts by Elaine →

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