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Nehmo
« on: July 24, 2012 09:11:05 PM »

I'd like to emboss a design on (24lb) paper. This is typically done with two, male & female, dies, and the paper gets compressed between them. I can order a two-part metal stamp for a 2 inch diameter design. But it cost about $100 USD (from my research) and I only want to use it once.
I don't really need high resolution and I'm capable of doing the artwork, which will be black & white high contrast, myself. Is there some method to transfer an image to some kind of clay? Or do any of you have any ideas?
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« Reply #1 on: July 26, 2012 05:26:51 AM »

Make a stamp out of your material of choice (wood, bondo, lineolum, etc), set it up under the paper and rub with the back end of a spoon.

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« Reply #2 on: July 26, 2012 01:26:08 PM »

Make a stamp out of your material of choice (wood, bondo, lineolum, etc), set it up under the paper and rub with the back end of a spoon.
Other than carving by hand, is there some common method of transferring an image to wood or Bondo?
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« Reply #3 on: July 27, 2012 10:03:22 AM »

For transferring an image to wood, google "freezer paper transfer"
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« Reply #4 on: July 28, 2012 11:34:15 AM »

What do you want to emboss - is it the artwork, or something else?  I wonder if it would work to draw a design on with something like a glue gun, and when it is dried, to use that as the base to rub your paper on? 
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« Reply #5 on: July 28, 2012 12:36:10 PM »

(Just looked it up) The freezer paper technique consists of using inkjet printing to put a mirror image of the original image on the waxy side of freezer paper and then placing the waxy side down on the target wood and then heat-ironing the print onto the target wood.

That's crafty.

(I also learned the terms for the dies in embossing are die and counter-die.)
(I made a mistake in my original post regarding the resolution. I said I didn't need "high", but now I realize what I need could be termed "high resolution". I would like something around 14 pt lettering to show decently - not perfectly.)

But now thinking about it, it's going to be really difficult to get the resolution, i.e., detail, that I want.   I'd have to carve the image into the wood. It's humanly possible, I know, but it would be nice to come up with some sort of photo-engraving technique.

I'm beginning to think the only reasonable way to get an embossing stamp of any quality is to pay the hundred bucks and order one. I wonder how those companies do it. This is one place I've found so far http://rstamp.com/custom-embossers/
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« Reply #6 on: July 28, 2012 05:42:09 PM »

Etch it in metal then, chemical etching should do just fine for that resolution.
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« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2012 09:46:52 AM »

Etch it in metal then, chemical etching should do just fine for that resolution.
I repeat, I'm not knowledgeable in any method of transferring a image to a material object. But the quick search on metal etching yielded advertisement statements like 'as Deep as .003" with Deep Etch'. That's not enough depth to make embossing dies.

Is there some particular method of chemical metal etching that you know of that produces a deeper etch?

I really wonder how these embossing stamp companies do it. It must be a photo-mask method of some sort.
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« Reply #8 on: August 01, 2012 06:24:19 AM »

http://mordent.com/etch-howto/

Depending on the equipment you have on hand you can do this for stupid cheap (it cost me all of $30 to get into it).
You can etch up to 1/32-1/16 of an inch deep, it's just a matter of being able to transfer your masking material.

I've used the process outlined in the above link for several different etching processes and a springboard for a couple different metal plating projects after changing the recipe a bit.

For deep etching use lower voltage and more time.
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