May 13

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Business card stamp tutorial: Part 2

Click HERE for Part 1 of the tutorial

Last time I left off when I finished carving the stamp, but had yet to mount the stamp on a handle. Well, I went to my local hardware store and got a piece of FSC-certified (sustainably harvested) wood: stamp 1

I held up the stamp to the wood and marked the length. Then, I got my handy sawing frame… I’m not sure what it’s called in English, but in German it’s “Gehrungsschneidladen-Satz.” It’s a wooden trough with grooves cut into it, and it helps you cut both straight lines and 90ยบ angles, which is really helpful if you don’t own a miter saw or if you have the hand-eye coordination of a drunken monkey, which I do.

stamp 2

The wood is quite sharp on the edges, so after cutting, I sanded it down with 100-grit sandpaper to make rounded edges on the top side only.stamp 3

Then, I polished the wood with 600-grit sandpaper.stamp 4

The stamp is trimmed carefully to fit exactly onto the wood. stamp 5

I used regular white glue, spread in an even 1mm layer onto the wood. The stamp is then gently placed on top. After making sure everything is lined up on all sides, I apply even pressure to the stamp and wipe off any excess glue coming out the sides.stamp 6

When the glue is completely dry (in my dry climate, it takes only about 8 hours), oil is rubbed into the wood to protect it from moisture and ink stains. I used olive oil, though I would have preferred almond oil. Excess oil is removed with a cloth and the wood is allowed to sit for several hours.stamp 7

As you can see here, the finished wood has a slightly darker finish and the grain is more visible. At this stage, it is completely finished, yay! stamp 8

Packaged and ready to send to Sherry, along with some samples and care instructions!

stamp 11stamp 9

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