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« on: June 21, 2011 06:59:10 AM »

so i've been wanting to try my hand at stamp carving for a while but didn't have the tools or a reason but this summer my partner and i are organising a big group trip for which stamps will be useful, for marking attendance etc. so i thought i'd make some as i almost certainly wouldn't be able to buy ones that'd be suitable, or at least not for a reasonable price
so here they are, carved into the ends of some erasers with a cuticle trimming tool thing



a bird, peaceful and serene
a daffodil because we'll be in wales
and the personal mon of Master Andre Nocquet
so all kind of appropriate, to me at least


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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2011 07:13:36 AM »

I think they're great, I especially like the daffodil
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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2011 07:17:03 AM »

Great work!  I've ben wanting to try this too!
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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2011 07:33:05 AM »

I love those! I've been wanting to make some of my own but timid to start. These are inspiring!
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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2011 08:06:55 AM »

these are really cute, what kind of runner did you use to carve them?
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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2011 08:27:16 AM »

thankyou all for your lovely comments, i've been a bit worried about them and that my partner was just agreeing with me when he said he liked them

to make them i just sketched the design i wanted onto the end of an eraser with a soft pencil then carved it with a cuticle trimmer from a manicure set
somewhat like this one

i've never used a cuticle trimmer on my nails and i felt waaay more confident using it on an eraser than on myself  Cheesy
oh yea, and stamp carving tools are expensive, using that little widget cost me nothing as the manicure set came free with something else i bought ages ago
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« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2011 09:49:50 AM »

They turned out great!! I've been wanting to try this forever but didn't want to splurge on supplies. I really appreciate your tips for doing this on the cheap. I'm going to give it a shot.
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« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2011 10:08:17 AM »

Really nice - especially love the little bird.  I tried to carve a stamp once - bought the special rubber, special carver, etc. - my resulting stamps were AWFUL!  You used an eraser and a cuticle trimmer and wound up with very usable stamps on your first try - great job!
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« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2011 01:58:19 PM »

I've always wanted to try stamp carving. You did a very beautiful job! I love the bird.
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« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2011 03:37:30 AM »

These are amazing, I think the ikkle bird is cute!  Grin
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« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2011 05:25:32 AM »

thankyou all again, the bird was actually the first one i did and i was really worried that it wouldn't look good, but then i thought, what the heck, if it doesn't work i can just slice the end off and start over  Grin but it came out so sweet looking it gave me the confidence to try the flower, which led me to think i could do the mon
and they all look at least a bit like they're supposed to so it's all good

found 3 more erasers this morning, so i have 4 available for carving, don't know what to do though, Dr Who logo maybe? or the Torchwood logo? that might be a bit ambitious, but we'll see
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« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2011 09:37:06 AM »

Wow, such detail, nicely done!
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« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2011 02:51:47 PM »

Very nice! Isn't it fun?
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« Reply #13 on: June 27, 2011 07:40:41 AM »

it is, i found some more erasers and want to make more stamps, i just don't know what of
oooooh and i found some little ink pads at wilkinsons (in the kids crafty corner) 4 different colours for about 1.50, so i can stamp properly, instead of having to colour them in with a sharpie  Grin
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« Reply #14 on: August 08, 2011 04:58:46 PM »

so lovely!
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« Reply #15 on: August 09, 2011 12:20:09 AM »

well, they stood up to their week of work admirably and 2 even made it home.
one of the ladies on the course really liked the mon stamp and was wondering what she would have to do to take it home with her so we made a deal, she made a donation to the organisation's charity of choice (Free Tibet) and i'd give her the stamp at the end of the week
so in the end she donated 10 and i gladly gave her the stamp
if i remember i'll try and get pics of the 2 other stamps i've made and post them too, but they already got mailed to people
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« Reply #16 on: August 09, 2011 01:04:11 PM »

They turned out great! It's so much fun, isn't it?
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« Reply #17 on: August 10, 2011 12:00:53 AM »

Nice work!  I love all of them - I need to start carving again.  (I have 3 Deathly Hallows stamps on my desk right now, and I need to work on my Halo/Master Chief one for my little niece!)
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« Reply #18 on: August 10, 2011 02:00:23 PM »

I love carving.  I did some more today.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/sewmystyle/
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