I have a lot of stamps. The problem is, they're commercial stamps. I want some stamps that are my own designs but they have to have deeper grooves than commercial stamps do. So, I decided I'd do two different kinds for now. I started on the first type tonight.
I went to our local Dollar Tree store to buy some erasers. Much to my delight, I spotted these huge erasers...
They were angled to a point on the ends but I used a razor blade and cut them off. Then I cut them into three pieces. I bought ten of these erasers so I'll actually end up with 60 stamps because they're thick enough that I can carve both sides! I may even carve some of them on the edges too. So I think $10 for 60+ stamps is a great deal!
I used to have a tool by Speedball for carving stamps but I couldn't find it anywhere and was quite annoyed that here I was, all ready to start this project and was missing the key component! Grrrrrrr. I started looking around my studio for something else I could use and saw my wood carving tools. Perfect! I grabbed 4 of them and sat down to carve. I wanted to make a bunch of abstract kind of patterns and wanted them cut sort of deep because I plan to use these with clay.
I had to keep in mind what would be raised and what would be concave. I also realize that all of the tool marks are going to show in the clay and I'm actually really liking that idea. If I were just using these for ink, that wouldn't be a consideration. I think it will actually add to the design.
Anyway, I'm heading to the garage to bisque fire another load of pendants but I wanted to share what I was up to today. I've carved 14 two-sided stamps so far. I can't wait to try them in the clay tomorrow!
Have a great week everyone!