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lace embossed tiles (short and long)

updated fri 12 nov 04


Diane Winters on thu 11 nov 04

Cherie wrote:
> I have seen people who have done their own tiles by lace embossing
> person said on her web site that she used lace to emboss the
> clay while it was still wet...I have used several types of lace on slip,
> clay and I cant seem to get it right

Her "still wet" doesn't mean slip clay - just regular plastic clay.
Roll out a slab of clay, lay your piece of lace down on top of it and roll
over with a rolling pin. May take a couple passes depending on the thickness
of your lace. Then gently pull up the lace.

If you rolled your slab between canvas, you'll probably want to smooth the
surface first to remove the texture. Experiment with different types and
thicknesses of lace.

(now the long part - I don't mean to be a wet blanket on your enthusiasm,
Keep in mind, in case you're planning to market the tiles, that the design
of the lace is actually the property of the company that made it. There are
issues of ethics and legality when we incorporate other's work in our own,
and we all have to find our own balance points in such matters. In using
lace as you describe, there are so many variables - is it antique lace; is
it crochet in a very traditional pattern and thus considered public domain;
are the tiles only for your own use or for friends; are you using small
enough portions of the lace that the complete design is not very
recognizable; how much of the aesthetic impact of the finished work is due
to the talent of the unknown lace designer and how much have you
contributed; and probably other considerations I'm not thinking of now. All
these get thrown into the stew, stirred around and ---this metaphor seems to
be failing now and I can't come up with a good ending , but you get the

Please understand, I'm not at all trying to discourage you from using lace
(I do use it myself), just do it with awareness.

Diane Winters
in Oakland/Berkeley by the Bay