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by PI JoeProfileContactLogbookNote
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
About an hour per square inch of rubber.
by MaudeProfileContactLogbookNote
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
I would guess it's about a square inch an hour, but I can only carve for about 3 hours before I start making mistakes. I can lengthen that by another hour if I alternate complex tiny details areas with larger ones, or clean up along the edges of the st...
by PiggyJauntProfileContactLogbookNote
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
I never carve anything all that elaborate, so something like a cartoon character, two inch by two inch size? Probably 20 mins at most.
by LROSEMProfileContactLogbookNote
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
I consider myself fairly fast at carving. I think material and tools make for a huge difference in how long carving takes me. Oz and a miniaturized staedtler can take me upwards of 4 hours for a LTC sized stamp of average detail. Pink and a speedball #...
by KirbertProfileContactLogbookNote
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
I think that may be one of the things that changes with experience. When you're new at carving, the tendency is not to spend too long on a carve. Not because it's not worth it, but more because you're worried you're gonna mess it up. The idea of put...
by greenmountainhikerProfileContactLogbookNote
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
I agree with what others said. Mostly for me, carving is about focus and the question may be more about how long I can sustain that focus. The more detailed the carving, the more difficult and the longer I have to be focused. Generally, I can last abo...
by DarkZen and Evil Cow PieProfileContactLogbookNote
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
1-3 hours for each LTC sized stamp, depending on the complexity.
by RDHGProfileContactLogbookNote
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Thank you for your input, Everyone. I carved my first stamp in a few years, and I felt like it took me a long time. Based on your feedback, maybe it did not take that long. However, it is much bigger than I planned. No worries. I simply need more...
by Oberon_KenobiProfileContactLogbookNote
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
I tend to use harder material for the "best" stamps, and softer stuff for the smaller, simpler ones. I use the soft material for stamps that have large inked areas. I use hard material for when there are few inked areas.
by Oberon_KenobiProfileContactLogbookNote
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
The idea of putting a couple of hours into a silly little piece of rubber only to accidentally hack a key piece out of it or turn a letter around backwards or some such just feels like it's not worth the risk. I've been able to glue in a piece that I s...
by Oberon_KenobiProfileContactLogbookNote
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
1-3 hours for each LTC sized stamp, depending on the complexity. That's probably about right for me too. It definitely depends on complexity. My longest carve (to that point) is of a lighthouse, Minot's Ledge Light. It must have taken at least 10 ho...
by FORAYCHProfileContactLogbookNote
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
About how long on average does it take you to carve one stamp? Probably too long! :) I most likely am in the slower category of carvers, but I have done detailed inchies in an hour and 5" x 5" stamps that took over 40+ hours. I probably am slower b...
by KirbertProfileContactLogbookNote
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Also note: Some of us are gouge carvers and some of us are hobby knife carvers. Hobby knife carving generally takes longer than gouge carving. In fact, we once had a post where someone suggested that more people should learn how to gouge carve becau...
by Only DreamingProfileContactLogbookNote
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
For me, it really depends on the stamp.. if it's a fairly simple stamp, I usually can finish in an hour or so.. any longer and I usually stop for a while.. (I've broken a couple of fingers in the past) because I'll start making multiple mistakes if I d...
by DarkZen and Evil Cow PieProfileContactLogbookNote
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Wait, what!? You’ve broken fingers carving stamps? 🙀
by DawgdokProfileContactLogbookNote
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
That’s a tricky question to answer. If I’m doing a simple carve such as a pictograph or one of my lighthouse stamps, I can whip through one of those in 10-20 minutes. If I’m doing an intricate one or anything with lettering, then everything is slowed d...
by Fish Below The IceProfileContactLogbookNote
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
... they'd end up carving more stamps and hence we'd have more boxes to hunt! You misspelled "hence have a taller pile of Lock-and-Locks that need to be planted."
by AlishaMishaProfileContactLogbookNote
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
I don’t really time myself, because I feel that if I do then it would depress me and maybe make it harder to find motivation to start. I just kind of wait for an open night when my health is good enough, enjoy the process, and binge-carve until I am do...
by RDHGProfileContactLogbookNote
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
What is mustard ink? I only know how to use gouges. When you use a knife, do you cut from multiple angles to get the rubber out?
by AlishaMishaProfileContactLogbookNote
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Sorry, I was being short with my wording. I use Staz-on in the color of mustard to seal my marker lines in and see what I am carving away. I press my stamp onto a paper towel several times to get the excess off. Yeah, so say you are looking at the rub...