How To Use Soap Stamps Tutorial

How To Use Soap Stamps Tutorial

To Stamp:

Set your soap on a flat surface, align your stamp, and tap in with a hammer
or mallet until at the desired depth is reached and lift straight out.
Ensure to tap all corners and sides of the stamp in. If the stamp is large
or has a lot of surface area (there is lot of soap to displace), the hammer
may not be effective enough, so the stamp may need to be pushed in by hand,
using your body weight and pressing in all sides and corners. For best
results ensure the stamping surface on your soap is cut flat and level.

Care:

To increase the life of your stamp please store away from
UV light. Dry completely before storage to avoid damage to the wood handle.
Stamp faces clean well with a wet toothbrush or bristly paint brush. Do not
expose to temperatures over 50C or 120F or the face many become soft and/or
distort. Do not use on hot soap or hot candle wax. These stamps are intended
for use only on handmade soap.

Tips:

To reduce soap sticking to the stamp, you can lubricate
the stamp with water, oil, or starch. Starch (corn or tapioca) can be dusted
over a sticky soap surface to reduce tackiness.

Avoid stamping around soap edges and pressing too hard
and fast or the bar may distort, especially with large stamps and thin/small
bars. If your soap is too soft (just cut) or too hard, stamping may also
cause distortion.

Most stamp their soaps several days after cutting, when
the exterior is dry and smooth to produce a clean image, but the interior is
still soft and will compress to accept the stamp without distortion.

To add a bit of back ground color, you can dip the
surface of the stamp in some natural colorants, like cocoa, turmeric,
cinnamon, est…, as well as micas and then stamp your soap.

Whipped soap is by far the best soap for stamping as it
compresses easily due to the tiny air bubbles that give way to the stamp,
reducing displaced soap crumbles on the surface, and with reduced water
dries faster and is more resistant to sticking to the stamp. HP is the
second best stamping soap due to it’s firmer consistency, CP can be slightly
more challenging to stamp due to surface softness while curing which can
lead to sticking, MP is the most challenging because it is very soft and
isn’t dried out. Although different soap types and recipes (oil types/water
amounts) all respond differently to stamping, it just takes a bit of
experimenting to find the best stamping method, timing and designs for your
type of soap.

Test stamps at different stages of soap drying to
determine the best time to stamp for your soaps. As different people use
different ingredients, water quantities, different stamp types, and pressing
methods, some may find pressing most easy just after cutting while others
may wait several days or weeks. Most stamp their soaps several days after
cutting, when the exterior is dry and smooth to produce a clean image, but
the interior is still soft and will compress to accept the stamp without
splitting the soap.

Types of Stamps and Stamping Method:

Stamps with a large surface area: These stamp usually
stamp better into soft to medium softness soap, lightly dusted with corn
starch to reduce sticking. Stamps with large surface generally compress soap
as opposed to displacing it, so soft soap is preferable as it compresses
more easily. Large surface area stamps are usually stamps that are “shapes”
and blocky, without great detail or thin lines. These stamps also imprint
better if pushed in in a circular motion to ensure all sides are imprinted
and to ease the stamp in to reduce distortion.

Stamps with fine detail and small surface area: These
stamps usually stamp better on hard soap (but not rock solid), moistened
with water or oil to prevent sticking and help flatten displaced soap.
Stamps with very detailed lines, thin lines, and many nooks generally slice
through the soap and are more prone to soap sticking in little details than
blocky stamps. These stamps are generally text and word stamps. They also
displace soap, so it is advisable to press the stamp straight down and lift
straight up to reduce lumps and soap caught in the details. It is also
advisable to take great care with these detailed stamps or stamps with thin
lines, as they are more prone to break if dropped or treated harshly.

Author: Kaseen Cook

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