Thursday, April 11, 2013
Mega and Mini Monograms
She said she wanted it in two sizes, one that was large (6 inches tall by 5 inches wide) and one that was small (2 inches tall by 1.7 inches wide).
Normally, a large stamp means that I can put in a lot of detail based on the size of my carving tools. A small stamp means less detail, or I have to really squint and use a fine and light touch with the tools.
Let me tell you, even this big stamp was a healthy challenge to pack so much detail in. I decided to time myself carving the big one, since I hadn't done that in while. This was probably the largest stamp I have carved with this amount of detail in it, so I was curious how long it would take. It took be about 6 hours of carving time, broken up into about four nights. It really was a joy to work on, and I really did have fun doing it. Those hours flew by, and I love the way it came out.
The little stamp I think took around 2 hours of carving time. I couldn't get all the same lines that exist in the larger one, so that cut back on the total time.
This year I have more and more requests for large stamps. It seems odd to me, but maybe my name is getting out as a guy who can carve BIG stamps. I don't mind, I think they are fun.
For the record, I have not carved a stamp that is 12 inches x 12 inches yet (well I had one requested but we changed things around so it didn't come to that). This is the largest slab of carving medium I can buy. So, if you have a design, cash, and a way to impress a stamp that large, let me know, I'm your guy.