Posted by rubber on July 8, 2016
We are so glad that you have visited us and want to give an introduction to us. But first we want to make sure you know how to do the thing that we do every single day. We love our arts and crafts but love making stamps. Let’s go through a quick tutorial on how to make them.
Every time you make a stamp, you want to consult with your friends on exactly what shape you want. Most of the time, flowers and rainbows are going to be the best option, because everyone likes flowers and rainbows. It’s important to choose your colors correctly. A dark brown, greys, or black is going to turn people off a lot. You need to be more imaginative with your color schemes. Most people do not like colors that remind them of bad places.
Stamp cutout and placement is very important if you want a rubber that is proportionate to the art that you are creating. If it is tilted slightly or doesn’t match up, it is going to ruin whatever you are working on. This is why tools are very important to what we do when creating the stamps. Using a straightedge and a 90 degree angle ruler is going to eliminate much of the waste and inaccuracy of the stamp.
Once you have sculpted the shape and the proportions of the stamp, the next step is to put it in a kiln. The kiln is the trickiest part because the temperature needs to be perfect. If you hold the stamp or stamps in there too long, it will start to crack and will not retain the rubbery substance that makes the stamp work.
After the stamps are out of the kiln, you will need to wrap them in a wet paper towel. This will restore moisture to the stamps after they have been hardened from heat. Do not use the stamps for about 48 hours, or the ink will soak into them permanently.
After the Kiln
After you get everything out of the kiln and have waited the 48 hours. I like to do little test creations in order to get them to the perfect density. One of the best ways to do this is to use them on pillows. You buy pillows for cheap in Pittsburgh by going at it wholesale. Once you have done this you can make sure to test all of the rubber stamps that you have made. This is really the funnest part of the process.
Thanks for reading and look for more tips, and inspiration from us!
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