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Topic: Hand-Carved Stamp Swap--Round 4 GALLERY!  (Read 17835 times)
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« Reply #90 on: July 04, 2012 10:44:49 AM »

Wow so many pretty stamps in the gallery! (I also would absolutely be in for a next round!)

Yesterday I received this beautiful nature stamp set from Plumcrafty:


I'm also planning on making some stationary with them. Thanks!

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« Reply #91 on: July 04, 2012 05:26:54 PM »

I am overjoyed to share this stamp that I received from Wulf.
Look at the incredible detail!
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« Reply #92 on: July 04, 2012 05:35:56 PM »

Those are all gorgeous stamps!!!

I am loving the 'build you own' sets. Such a neat idea!!
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« Reply #93 on: July 04, 2012 08:10:29 PM »

Love the pin ups - and the pixie (sort of reminds me of Tinkerbell!).

I can't believe you carve with an exacto, WideEyedLife - that is amazing - I suck at using the exacto to carve!   Shocked

So, here's the scoop:

I don't actually use an X-acto.  (That would be SO hard!)

I believe what's causing the confusion is the strange texture that is seen in the stamps I make, which doesn't look like the result of any carving tool most people have ever seen:



That's probably because, being the crazy person I am, I decided that though I have "proper" or "official" gouging carve tools, I don't like using them.  (Probably just because I don't have the patience to get to the skill level where I don't with an accidental slight twitch cut some vital part of my stamp off.)

So, I invented the following tool:


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Which is nothing more than a Bic pen with the pen part pulled out and replaced with a large (sharp) embroidery needle  (hot glued in place).


My most favorite tool ever!

I hold it at an angle and apply a steady pressure while pulling across the carving medium.  The fine sharp point acts as a very fine razor, and I repeat the process until the required depth is achieved.

Perhaps a little slow, but it gets those teeny fine lines so nicely because I can see the absolute point of the needle and therefore determine exactly where my cut will be.

Don't forget, if you decide to go all crazy and make this tool yourself, to cap the tool when not in use, and warn people it isn't a pen! It would suck to accidentally have a stabbing incident!   Grin
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« Reply #94 on: July 05, 2012 04:47:22 AM »

Now, this looks promising! I find that the problem with carving with an X-acto blade isn't getting the cut precisely where I want it, but seeing where I've made that precise little cut so I can do the next one. As soon as you remove the blade, the rubber usually closes up so tightly the cut totally disappears. Does the needle help this by leaving the cut more visible? And I wonder if a triangular leather needle would work even better. Must investigate that.

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« Reply #95 on: July 05, 2012 05:54:41 AM »

Does the needle help this by leaving the cut more visible?

The first cut is the hardest to see.  But the deeper the cut gets, the more visible it becomes.  This is because the tool leaves micro-roughness on the inside edges of the cut that force the carving material to slightly separate.  Also, should you "lose" the line, the tool isn't going to slice the rubber all to hell as you re-find it.

The tool isn't so "powerful" on it's own; it's slicing ability comes entirely from the pressured pulling movement.  So there isn't the same worry as with the X-acto, because an accidental stab, or even *shudder* mis-slice, is (usually) almost imperceptible.

This micro-roughness is actually evidence of what the tool does: not a true slice, per say, but controlled tearing of the carving material.  This controlled micro-tearing is what leaves the grainy texture on the "mountainsides" of the stamp that is seen in the above photo.

If you look closely at the mouse's back (front right of photo, inside of the line) and whisker (back left, line farthest from the front of the photo), you will see another evidence of this micro-tearing tool's technique: a very tiny touch of roughness on the ink-stained mountain-peak surface of the stamp (it looks like very small bumps).

The final step when I use this tool is to lightly rub the non-sharp shaft of the needle back and forth against the "mountain peaks".  The simple friction of the movement knocks the slight burrs down and leaves a slightly rounded edge that makes what I consider a very satisfying imprint.

And I wonder if a triangular leather needle would work even better. Must investigate that.

As I reach back into a year ago memory, when I first started using a needle, I believe I tried one of those, but didn't like it.  But I'm certain that at that point in time I was using the needle sans Bic-pen shaft, not having come up with the way-to-hold-the-needle idea yet, and that the needle was old and not sharp enough.  I would be very interested in hearing what experience you have when using one, though.

The number of available carving tools for these smaller stamps is probably endless once we stretch our minds outside the box...

What I especially like about this Bicneedle technique is that, combined with a nice white poly eraser, it makes this craft affordable to almost anyone (No $15.00 tool/$17.00 carving medium start-up cost)!

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« Reply #96 on: July 05, 2012 06:25:41 AM »

So, I don't know if anyone cares about this or not, but I realized a discussion about this tool I created could be a bit off our gallery topic, so I gave it it's own thread here:


http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=411002.0

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« Reply #97 on: July 05, 2012 01:44:08 PM »

Thank you, WideEyedLife for the tutorial.  Now to find my hot glue gun!
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« Reply #98 on: July 05, 2012 01:45:22 PM »

I received from Elyxandra today! Five great stamps - I'm glad the one I sent her was big or I would have felt like a slacker!



I especially love the sun/moon with the zodiac, and the bird. They all have that lovely free style that makes them so much more interesting than most commercially-made ones. 

Thanks, Elyxandra!

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« Reply #99 on: July 05, 2012 04:09:51 PM »

Thanks so much for that tool tute, WideEyedLife, I'm definitely gonna make one of those. Cheesy

Everyone has been receiving the best stamps....they are all so awesome! I, too, have received much awesomeness in the mail...yay!  Grin

The first is from Witchhippie, who sent this cool set including little micro-moneybag!


The second set is from WideEyedlife who named these little beauties the Mystic set in honour of the mystic lighthouse (I just love lighthouses). Aren't they amazing?


Thank you both so much for all this fab-ness!

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Aug: 4x6 Art5
Jul: Hand-Carved Stamp4 and Vintage
Jun: Journal for a Month2
May: 4x6 Art2 and Crafted Cushion Cover2
Apr: Beginners Inchie3
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