Frequently Asked Questions:
1. How big are your stamps?
All of my stamps are between 3" and 3.25" long (this variance is due to the fact that they are all hand cut and hand sanded to reach the final size. I do my best to make them as close to 3 inches long as possible. The face size of the stamp will depend on the design and is listed on the individual item's shop page.
2. What Size round copper blanks are you using to stamp on for your pictures?
The copper blank size I use depends on what size the stamp is. Typically, for the XS (1/4") and S (5/16") I'm using a 3/8" or 1/2" disc ; for the M (3/8") stamps I'm using a 1/2" disc ; and for the L (1/2") and XL (5/8") stamps I'm using a 3/4" disc. I am cutting out my own discs using a disc cutting punch set from my local craft store (Michaels), but any disc cutter should have comparable sizes.
3. Can you make me a custom logo or picture?
Yes! Send me an email and I'll be happy to discuss with you what you would like and to give you a quote. You can also reach out to me through Instagram. Prices will depend on how complicated the picture or logo is, how big the stamp needs to be, and how long it will take me to make it.
4. How can I get the best detail to show up when using your stamps?
Below are some tips and tricks for getting the best impression with your stamps:
a) Fold a piece of paper (I usually fold mine between 2 to 4 times) and place it under your metal. You can also use a piece of thin cardboard, card stock, or thin craft foam.
b) The surface you strike upon must be solid and must not bounce. Try stamping on a hard surface such as an old tree stump, a very sturdy table, or invest in a heavy metal block or an anvil.
c) Use the right hammer for the job. For small stamps (anything under 3/8") you can use a #1 hammer. For anything larger you will need more weight. I recommend using between a #2-#4 sledge hammer. I also would recommend using a brass head so as help your stamps last as long as possible.
5. How long will my stamps last?
After the stamps are carved, the stamps are hardened to around 62-63 on the Rockwell Hardness Scale and will last a lifetime and beyond when properly cared for.
6A. What sort of metals can my stamps be used on?
My stamps are designed to be used on softer metals such as silver, gold, copper, aluminum, pewter, brass, and bronze. They can also be used with Precious Metal Clay, Silver Art Clay, polymer clay and leather. I typically do not recommend they be used on stainless steel as they will dull over time and will not hold up for long-term use, especially with any of the high detailed stamps or stamps with finer lines. If you choose to use these stamps for marking your knives and are stamping them hot, the stamps will loose their temper with multiple uses and will eventually have to be re-tempered to keep them in good working order.
6B. Can I use them on wood as a brand?
Yes, you can heat them with a torch and burn the designs into wood. However, once the stamps have been heated up, the metal will loose it's temper and will no longer be suitable for stamping on metal of any type.
7. Help! I have some stamps that have started to mushroom at the top. what do I do now?
Mushrooming on the hammer-end of handmade stamps is completely normal and is expected with long-term use. It is especially common if you are stamping on harder metals, or using a steel hammer head. You can use a belt grinder or hand files to file or sand off the "mushroom" to prevent it from cracking further and splintering off, also saving yourself from potentially getting injured in the process. I would also suggest switching to the use of a brass head hammer to prolong the life of your stamps.