Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Stamp-Making Day!

Laser-Cut Stamp
“Stamp Making Day”

Here's the original pencil sketch, done haphazardly with a 0.7mm mechanical pencil onto Amazon's cheapest copy paper:
Magnifying Glass Dude

Here's a test stamping onto the cheap Amazon paper, which went very well. The trick is to ensure the stamp is fully inked before pressing it to paper; and then to slightly rock the stamp toward all four edges, ensuring the ink is transfered evenly. I made this artwork specifically for the purposes of being used as a stamp, so the line weights and shapes were chosen to ensure the detail holds up once stamped at a smaller scale.
Stamped Dude & Typing

The previous week at Ethan's I'd designed this "Joe VC" logo to be used for wax envelop sealing; which Ethan had resin printed. Over the intervening week he created this signet ring, also resin printed. Now all I need to do is figure out the secret handshake!
Resin Printed Insignia Ring

The next step in this printmaking adventure is I recently acquired a miniature intaglio press, for making small (2-3" square) prints from etched metal plates. I've yet to get the correct kind of intaglio oil-based ink (I used some linoleum block printing ink for my first tests, and the results were marginal), and also the right kind of paper, which has to be dampened just the right amount, in order to receive the ink from the intaglio etched plate.

Typing via Smith-Corona Silent-Super.



Anonymous Eswee @ Spiderwebz said...

Oh wow this looks like great fun! I love how detailed your drawing and stamp are.

I am pondering about how to make my own stamps for a while now. Thinking of starting with a potato and going to lino-cutting from that, but this idea of drawing, digitizing and lasercutting is one I hadn't considered yet. And it sounds very doable! Thanks for sharing. :-)

11:39 PM  
Blogger Bill M said...

Amazing detail. Lasers sure make stamps nicer than the old Xacto knife and rubber we used back in school art class.

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Blogger SteveK said...

Picasso would've approved (as I do)!

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Blogger Ted said...

Neat fun! That's what I call staying creative! :D

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