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Rubber Stamps

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There are several different methods of producing rubber stamps. The most
cost effective method of making rubber stamps is vulcanizing.

This process involves the creation of a rubber mould into which is poured
the raw rubber stamp gum.
The gum is placed on top of the mould and the stamp is then formed with a
press.

This is a relatively cheap method of stamp creation as many stamps can be
produced quickly with the one mould.

The only major expense in this process is t...


Keywords:
rubber stamps, art stamps, vulcanized, laser engraved, liquid polymer,
polymer curing


Article Body:
There are several different methods of producing rubber stamps. The most
cost effective method of making rubber stamps is vulcanizing.

This process involves the creation of a rubber mould into which is poured
the raw rubber stamp gum.
The gum is placed on top of the mould and the stamp is then formed with a
press.

This is a relatively cheap method of stamp creation as many stamps can be
produced quickly with the one mould.

The only major expense in this process is the cost of making the plates
for the mould. Once this is done the raw materials are relatively
inexpensive.

Unfortunately this is not quite as cost effective when one-off custom
rubber stamps are required.

When a higher quality stamp is required for specific purposes laser
engraving is the process of choice.

Laser engraving produces uniform thickness and surfaces that are free
from blemishes and this is essential when the stamps are required for
printed images.
Rubber stamp making, while once only used for businesses, has become a
hobby where many people are creating their own rubber stamps for craft
projects.

To do this they generally use a process where liquid polymers are crafted
into stamps that are then affixed to wooden handles.

There is quite a lot of information available now for the hobbyist
explaining the techniques required to create good rubber stamps using the
liquid polymer method.

It can be a little involved for a beginner but once mastered excellent
quality rubber stamps can be custom made for a relatively low cost.

There are also books available that have ideas for decorative or art
stamps that seems to be gaining in popularity with crafts people.

Rubber stamp making has progressed considerably with the modern processes
and raw materials that are available now and this has been partially
responsible for the increase in the popularity of rubber stamp making.

				
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