Saturday, September 17, 2011

rubber stamps

I have a small collection of my own carved rubber stamps
and yesterday I wanted to carve a crow



only problem was, the rubber had become brittle and was impossible to carve
after a little bit of research, I found out that a non-petroleum oil will recondition the rubber
(what I use for stamps is rubber gasket material from the hardware store
it comes in 6 inch square sheets that I cut into fourths)
long story short ... I used coconut oil to recondition the rubber
in fact I reconditioned my four other stamps as well
... just a little helpful tip for my stamping friends :)
(p.s. I think vegetable shortening would work just as well)


16 comments:

T's Daily Treasures said...

I LOVE your stamps. How wonderful that you are able to make your own. I remember making one in art class -- a lion because that was our mascot. I know I have it somewhere tucked away in a box. That was a long, long time ago. :) Hope your weekend is wonderful. Tammy

Dianne said...

Love these!

~*~Patty S said...

your stamps are over the top gorgeous Kimmie ... come to think of it...you have never created anything I did not like/Love!

you are a bloggie friend I really wished I lived down the street from...what fantastic play dates we could have!!!

I just treated myself to some of the pink Speedball "Speedy-Carve" stuff that really does cut like butta ...
wondering how it holds up in the long run...time will tell!

oxo
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what I feel in the best way when I come to visit you :)

Becca said...

These are beautiful Kimmie! I have always wanted to try this. Oh just another thing on my list of want to dos! Your stamps turned out lovely!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

What a great tip. I have never had any trouble with my gasket material, but I have not carved anything yet. I really like that crow. Is your gasket material about 1/8" thick? Mine is very thin.

Yvonne said...

These are great. I hvae wanted to do this for awhile...have everything and have drawn out a few things, just need to DO IT! LOL

Laura Tringali Holmes said...

These are awesome stamps!

sukipoet said...

I too love these. they are soooo sweet. now for me, i just dont think i could carve anything that resembled anything. you have so many talents.

lynda Howells said...

thanks for the hint and l love your stampsx

Denise Emanuel Clemen said...

Those are gorgeous. I would run out and buy rubber gasket material and coconut oil if I had any artistic ability at all!

Photocat said...

Those stamps are utterly beautiful. How neat that you can carve your own stamps. I am not ready as yet to try this out but your carving makes me want to try it...

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Another fabulously graphic stamp. Your stamps are so like wood cuts, they are beautiful all by themselves. xox Corrine

Cynthia Eloise said...

kimmie i love your stamps. what tools do you use?

Jill said...

These are so neat! I really love the two on the left.

Betty said...

Love all your stamps! Inspired by you to make one of my own.

Catharina Maria said...

Kimmie , I love your handmade stamps !!!
♥RINI♥