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Stamp Cleaning Putty - It's a Miracle
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Jul 22, 2008 12:50pm
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... well maybe not a miracle, but it sure will save a lot of time on the trail. After our discussions here, I picked up and tested all of the products suggested: Playdoh, Silly Putty, Blu Tak, and a Kneadable Eraser.

Here are my results:

Blu Tak Kneadable Eraser PlayDoh Silly Putty
Cleaning A+ B A B
Residue None None None Oily
Cost 3.00 2.00 ?? 1.00
Texture Soft Firm Soft Plastic

Cleaning

All products were tested on pigment, dye based and alcohol inks. There was no discernable difference in cleaning one type of ink over another.

Residue

This was tested by immediately pressing freshly cleaned stamps onto white paper, brown paper, and a third test with vellum. They were visually inspected under magnification for bits of the product left in the grooves of the stamps. While none of the products left any bits behind, playdoh probably would as it dries out. The others don't dry out, so should not have any issue with changes in that respect.

Texture

This property is important because if the product is too firm, it will be hard to get it to conform to the stamp and remove all the ink. Soft and pliable is ideal.

Tips for success

No matter which product you choose - clean immediately for best results.

Concerns to consider

Concerns were expressed about even unscented playdoh being used in the wild.

I am soaking stamps with old dried on embossing ink at the moment and will try to clean that tonight when I get home.
Re: Stamp Cleaning Putty - It's a Miracle
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Reply to: #255918 by Shadohart
Jul 22, 2008 1:13pm
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What a great idea! (I must have missed a prior discussion on this concept)

One question—okay, two: What is Blue Tak, and what happens to the ink on whatever you use to clean the stamp? In a kneadable eraser, will pigment and alcohol ink get "absorbed" the way graphite from a pencil does? Or will it stay transferrable and get on the next stamp you clean?

Thanks for the testing and results!

-AG
Re: Stamp Cleaning Putty - It's a Miracle
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Reply to: #255929 by ArtGekko
Jul 22, 2008 1:20pm
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Isn't the Blue Tac that blue poster adhesive?

7tw2
Re: Stamp Cleaning Putty - It's a Miracle
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Reply to: #255929 by ArtGekko
Jul 22, 2008 1:29pm
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What is Blue Tak


It's the stuff that teacher's use to put posters on the wall. You can get it at Michaels or other craft stores and Home depot reports that they have it as well.

what happens to the ink on whatever you use to clean the stamp?


It is absorbed as far as I can tell. when I kneaded the products again all traces of the ink disappeared and it didn't get on my hands. Eventually, it would wear out and what it would do at that time is unknown.

Tee
Re: Stamp Cleaning Putty - It's a Miracle
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Reply to: #255931 by 7trailwanderers
Jul 22, 2008 1:31pm
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Isn't the Blue Tac that blue poster adhesive?

If so, I have some sitting on my desk!! YEAH!!!
Re: Stamp Cleaning Putty - It's a Miracle
Board: LTC: Trades and Trackers
Reply to: #255939 by the Dawg Pound
Jul 22, 2008 1:35pm
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I've dumped out my little LnL of water and tossed my soft toothbrush head. No more bowls of water on the table while I'm making LTCs. Which somehow seem to drip onto something they shouldn't. No more dipping, rubbing and drying stamps every 2 or 4 cards! Changing colors, intricate inking, even rainbow colors on 40 cards are not an issue anymore.

Just think about it... Events with CLEAN STAMPS! Oh the minde boggles with the possibilities!

Tee
Re: Stamp Cleaning Putty - It's a Miracle
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Reply to: #255918 by Shadohart
Jul 22, 2008 5:27pm
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WOW! Have you alerted Ryan so he can put this in the Help section?

And to think I thought I was being extra dilligent cleaning my inky stamps every 15 cards. I so admire the person toothbrushing it every 4!
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Reply to: #256015 by 4 Ch
Jul 22, 2008 5:38pm
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WOW! Have you alerted Ryan so he can put this in the Help section?


Nope, but wondered if you guys would get some and test to verify how it works for you. If several people report they are happy with it, we could find a place to add it to the Wiki.

I also noticed that we made the BnB~ Cool I did cross post it to the stamp carving board for those that have us blocked. Wassa's funny tale aside, this product has the potential to have a widespread impact on the community. I'll certainly be using it to clean any stamp before I let my Marvy's touch it.

If it goes, maybe Webfoot can get it in stock for us. hmmm

Tee
Re: Stamp Cleaning Putty - It's a Miracle
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Reply to: #256015 by 4 Ch
Jul 22, 2008 6:58pm
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Quote And to think I thought I was being extra dilligent cleaning my inky stamps every 15 cards. I so admire the person toothbrushing it every 4!


Cleaning? What's that?

Alaska HSM
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Reply to: #256056 by Alaska hsm
Jul 22, 2008 7:03pm
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Quote Cleaning? What's that?


LOL - that's what I was thinking.

~ pW
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Reply to: #256060 by peaceful Warrior
Jul 22, 2008 7:06pm
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Quote Cleaning? What's that?


We have never cleaned a stamp....that was ours. We even purposely "dirty" the stamp to get different color combinations.

We view our stamps like a good old cast iron frying pan....if you clean them you ruin the flavor.

3 Blind Mice
Re: Stamp Cleaning Putty - It's a Miracle
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Reply to: #256063 by 3 Blind Mice
Jul 22, 2008 7:34pm
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view our stamps like a good old cast iron frying pan.


We like ours "seasoned" too. The only time we clean them is if we have decided to stamp in an extremely light color.... after using very dark. That's for the ink, not the stamps.