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« on: February 09, 2006 02:21:59 PM »

what do you use to make stamps and where do you find them. i wasn't sure if this go here just tell me if it dosen't. thabks

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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2006 12:04:55 AM »

If you don't want a permanent stamp, there's the old grade-school standby potato stamp.   I've actually gotten decent results on small things by just carving up a new eraser, or by making a flat block of polymer clay, baking it, and then carving the design into it (more of a chop/hanko effect)

Other than that, you can buy the rubber/linoleum blanks at an art store, but I've never worked with those so I have no idea of price or difficulty.  I've heard that to go with the blanks you can get some kind of photoemulsion-type stuff to etch onto them, but again, no idea of price or difficulty.

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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2006 12:41:23 PM »

I agree, there are various ways to make stamps.  If you're looking only for the true rubber stamps, then you can do some fancy photopolymer or get kits, but they can get complicated and costly.

Much better IMO, you can have any drawing you make into a rubber stamp. 
This can be done at special rubberstamp-making stores, or at some of the office supply stores (ask at their photocopy area, etc.). 

These individual stamps will be more expensive though that what I think of as the best deal ---a service called ReadyStamps which also gives jobs to the disabled (a good deal all around). 
You just send them drawings (or photocopies or whatever) done in opaque black ink on a piece of white paper (as many as you can cram into a space that's 9 x 7"), and you'll get back a whole sheet of your designs in rubber (plus two other parts if you ask for them which will allow you to use them as molds as well --IOW, innies). 
The rubber sheet can then be cut up and you can mount the stamps individually in various ways, or you can use them flat (particularly good for polymer clay).

There's lots more info on ReadyStamps and many other ways to make stamps (and how to use them with polymer clay too) on this page at my site, if you want to check it out:
(for ReadyStamps, click on "Having Your Own Stamps Made")


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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2006 10:02:58 PM »

Does anyone know where you can get the soft, dense foam blocks that you can use for monoprinting? You heat them and then press them into 3-dimensional objects to make a reverse stamp.  They are reuseable.  I went to Michael's today, but they didn't have them.  Sad

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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2006 02:27:46 PM »

I used to make smaller stamps out of Pink Pearl erasers and an X-Acto knife. Not any good for detail, but nice for simple designs. I still have a full letter set around somewhere that I made.

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