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Textured Initial

Designed by Sandy Laipply

When you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project, it means you may need adult supervision to do the project. Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic. Always use care when using tools or a heat source. Be careful and safe!

Main supplies:

  • Wooden initial of your choice
  • Eberhard Faber Efaplast® Microwave Clay – Terracotta
  • Elmer’s ® Squeeze ‘n Brush ® Washable Paint
  • Brushes – Brown
  • Leaf rubber stamp

Basic Supplies:

  • Elmer’s ® Glue-All® Multi-Purpose Glue
  • Clay knife
  • Paper Towels
  • Microwave oven
  • Microwave safe plastic cup of water


  1. Cover the initial with glue.  Allow to dry. This gives the initial a rubbery texture so the clay will adhere more easily.
  2. Cover the initial with a layer of clay about 1/4” thick, using small pieces at a time.  Use your finger to smooth the pieces together. Push the rubber stamp into the clay at random spots over the entire surface turning the stamp in different directions. Use the clay knife to trim the clay even with the sides of the initial.
  3. Place the clay covered initial in the microwave with a plastic cup of water.  Microwave for 4 minutes.  Allow to cool.
  4. If the clay has come loose, apply a layer of glue to adhere it to the wood initial.          Let dry, then paint the clay covered initial with the brown paint. Immediately wipe the paint off with paper towel.  Let dry.
  5. To avoid warping, be sure to paint the back and the sides of the initial. If desired, add a hanger.


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