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Topic: Old rubber stamps - any way to condition them?  (Read 1325 times)
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« on: October 10, 2008 12:18:54 PM »

I typically do collage and some other things - not really stamping.  However I just found a cool rubber stamp making kit at an estate sale.  The kind with lots of letter and numbers and you can assemble your own words.  Perfect for collages.  However, some of them are sortof dry - seems like they need something to moisten them. 

Is there some sort of rubber stamp conditioner that you all use?  Or something that you might suggest to maximize the life of my cool little find?


« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2008 03:18:32 PM »

I would start by getting them clean. Those tiny little stamps are hard to scrub so I'd probably just soak them in soapy water & swish occasionally.  Rinse & repeat as needed. Spread them out on a towel to dry.

Sunlight & heat are the enemies of rubber, so avoid both.

Rubber is a natural substance produced from tree sap, but I'm thinking hard and it's really not oily or acid, cannot figure if it's possible to restore rubber once it's begun to breakdown.
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2009 12:16:19 PM »

You got me really curious aboutthis so I looked it up.  I found a site that said washing your rubber stamps with a glycerin soap worked really well to clean off dried ink, and left the stamp feeling really soft and new.  Wortha try!
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2009 05:48:45 AM »

I was going to suggest glycerin.  That has always worked for me. 

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