One of the most awesome things about working here is that we have some crazy-talented jewelers throughout the entire building, in all departments. This post (and the work shown off in the pictures) comes from genius Teresa Linebaugh, who works in our IT team, fixing our computers and helping us out with all sorts of other stuff. In addition to her technological wizardry, Teresa is also a talented metal clay jeweler, and she was kind enough to put together some great tips on making custom stamps!
Have you ever wanted to make your own stamps and stencils at home and quickly? The Imagepac Stampmaker is the answer! It’s super easy to use, takes no time at all to learn, and you get to make your own one-of-a-kind stamps and stencils! (Something else you may not know about it: it’s European—ooh la la!).
The entire kit and printer are also small enough that you can take them on-the-go with you to shows. Bring a laptop with the software pre-loaded, have your clients email you their artwork, and print them out a custom stamp on the spot in just a few minutes! You can also make wonderful gifts for friends and family by taking their child’s artwork and transforming it into a stamp. Ready to get started?
Here are a few helpful tips on using the system:
- Use the printer that came with your system. Some other styles of printers may work, but most don’t.
- Print on the correct side of the film. Wet your forefinger and thumb and press them against a corner. Print on the side that sticks to you.
- Let the light box warm up prior to use.
- Do a "base exposure" on your stamp before you expose it. Place your negative and resin pouch inside the clamp as directed and put it in the light box upside down (resin pack facing up and negative down) for six seconds. Keep a hand on it for easy removal. Then flip over the clamp so the negative is facing up and insert it to the light box for 3 minutes.
- When you are brushing out your resin pack, brush lightly and use a lot of soap. Dishsoap works great. Rinse all soap and liquid resin off stamp before the final exposure.
So get started—and we’d love to see what stamps and work you're coming up with. Got some that you're particularly proud of? Share your pictures in the comments!
Posted By Teresa Linebaugh
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