Testing 3D Printed Stamps, Part 2

After my initial post, Testing 3D Printed Stamps, I decided to taking my findings and actually give it another shot.   One of the things I had found was that flexible resin outperformed the other filaments and resins I tried.  However, it was far too flexible and fragile.  One of the recommendations for using flexible resin was to mix it with standard resin to make it more durable.  I didn’t have the recommended resin at the time but I did order some to try.

Monoprice’s rapid resin does come in clear, but the yellow was $10 cheaper at the time I was ordering.  Also, I’m still testing, so the transparency of the stamp material really wasn’t a concern.

use a 80/20 mixture of resin to print a stamp

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Experimenting with Cloning a Stamp

After a couple of posts on making stamps, I started to wonder how you would clone a stamp?  Do mass producers of stamps really go through this process for each stamp?  After seeing some of the stamps on the shelves I would guess that they would make a mold and fill it with photopolymers and then zap it with UV light.  Some photopolymer stamps have two colors of resin in them (black and clear) and you could do that if you had a mold.

I decided to try and make a mold of my last stamp, the panda from my post, Testing 3D Printed Stamps.   There are many methods and products that can make molds and I’m going to start by trying one of the least expensive methods: silicone caulk molds.

silicone mold making supplies

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Trying Cricut Infusible Ink Products

I play with a lot of Cricut products even when it’s not necessarily something I’m into at the moment.  I never really had a desire to make shirts or customize fabrics but at the same time, I like knowing what I am capable of making with the tools I have.  When the “Shaylee” pack of infusible papers popped up for sale on my Amazon recommended page, I figured it was time to give Infusible Inks a try.

infusible ink products

Over the course of a week, I hit several other stores and slowly picked up supplies.   When I was at Target, I grabbed some white t-shirts.   When I was taking a leisurely stroll around Joann Fabrics, I also grabbed the infusible ink markers.

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Trying the Cricut Engraving Tip

The last few months have been hectic.  As I mentioned previously, I’ve been remodeling the house.  While the remodeling is done, there’s been a lot of post-construction work I’ve taken on and then moving everything back in.  I’m only partially moved in, however if I didn’t get some craft time in soon I was going to go mad!   All the stuff I love has been packed away in boxes and inaccessible.

The new Cricut Engraving Tip has been sitting in it’s package for quite a while and I made sure to make some time to unpack the Cricut and give it a try.

materials for this project

 

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Coloring My Grout With A Color Sealant

I’ve been remodeling part of my house for a few months now.  While I’m eager to move into the new area of the house (and a couple floors down), I want to make sure I leave the old space in good condition.

I started on the bathroom by re-caulking the shower, nearby walls and toilet.  To my surprise, I was not horrible at caulking.  I thought I was going to make a total mess of it.  But after spending hours crawling around on the floor, I became acutely aware of how dingy the grout was.  To be fair, I don’t think the grout ever looked nice in this room, so don’t judge me.  It still looked awful even after having scrubbed it with grout cleaner.

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Applying Gold Gilding to a Painting

gilding stash

This storage container filled with gold gilding supplies has been on the shelf staring at me for months.  I’ve never tried it, but I’ve wanted to for years.   I’m finally working on a project I planned on applying gold gilding to a painting.  I think I pushed it off for so long because I thought it was a huge process, but it turned out to be really easy and quick.

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Acrylic Paint Mixing in CMYK

Mixing colors is hard. It’s a skill I’ve always been decent at but I’ve also never really dedicated time to getting better at it. I was an art minor in college and spent a good amount of time learning about color. So I know how to mix colors, I just never really cared to do it. And for a lot of people it can be really frustrating.

I go to the art store most weekends. Even if it’s just to walk around and get out of the house for a bit. Recently, I started noticing more paint coming in CMYK sets. I even came across a watercolor set like this. I’m currently in the middle of a painting and decided it might be fun to switch things up a bit and I grabbed a few bottles of fluid acrylics to play with.

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