I’m working on a project (maybe I’ll share it at Weekend of Wonder!) that would involve creating a series of reusable stamps based on black-and-white line art, either cast out of rubber or some other suitable ink-transfer medium. I’m looking to make about 36 individual stamps, each around 2" x 2" in size.
While I’ve found plenty of vendors who can make custom rubber stamps the cost would be prohibitive for this project since they would run around $25+ for each design and I don’t have a grand to drop for materials. But I’m a pretty crafty person and I’m willing to think outside the box for this project, so I was thinking there must be another approach that could work. Anyone have relevant experience or ideas?
- I am experienced with 2d design software
- The stamps would have to retain a fair amount of detail (so the “carving up a rubber eraser by hand” approach wouldn’t be practical)
- 2" x 2" or larger size
- I could do some of the final assembly by hand if that was more cost-effective (for example, if a number of designs were etched on a single large rubber sheet that I could cut apart and mount to wood backing)
- I’ve had some printmaking experience but I’d like stamps that can be used by hand rather than requiring a letterpress or other equipment
Photopolymer plates? Hitting up someone with a 3D printer? Some chemical process that hadn’t occurred to me? Interested in input or ideas.