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How to make a rubber stamp


Max with my matrix boards>
Raw rubber on a matrix board…and Max>
Raw rubber and Max>
This is the vulcanizer with Max>
Okay, here is a little info on how rubber stamps are made…a little simplified….of course….I am leaving out the blood, sweat, and tears….I do not want to give you nightmares.

-I start with images I like and the ones that speak to me. Some of these images are pre-1920ish images, some are sketched by friends and customers….and me. We have some carved images and some are from photos of my travels.

-I take the black and white images, all arranged on a 7×11 sheet of paper, and send it to a most excellent place in east Texas called Jones Engraving. They make my matrix boards…a mold, see photo above.

-After a couple of days…and much anticipation, UPS brings me my boards. It’s a lot like Christmas every time I get new boards.

-I rush to the vulcanizer ( basically an oven with a car jack) flip the ON button and wait patiently for it to warm up to nearly 300 degrees. When it is ready I grab some raw rubber (photo above) and lay it out on top on the board and pop it into the vulcanizer.

-After 11 minutes or so I pull it out and pull the rubber off the matrix board/mold.

-It cools and I trim the rubber, add cushion…the cushion is double-sided (sticky on both sides).

Here is the cushion and the rubber stuck to it.

-The next stop is the saw. Cutting out the rubber/cushion in a close trim, it is ready for the wood mount.

 This is the saw we use to cut the rubber/cushion

-Our stamps are wood mounted. Next we grab the wood…that we cut ourselves…index the wood….stick on a price code on it.

      -We position the rubber on the wood. And guess what…that stamp is done and ready to be shipped to you or your local stamp store.

This one of the stores we sale our stamps to.


Author: dpartworks

We, here at DP Artworks, create art, take photos, travel the World, and connect with people.

5 thoughts on “How to make a rubber stamp

  1. I will explain Max in my next blog….I promise.

  2. I love your stamps! As you know I own a lot of them. I also love your customer service, that is the most important thing! It is good to see Max again! Thanks for all you do.

  3. Am curious if there is still somewhere to buy rubber stamps? I got a couple in Moore a few years ago (Kestrel & prairie dogs), and now back into stamping am interested in a couple more (like bluebird or owls). I am having problems locating how/where to order them. THANKS

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