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"Must have" stamps?

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I'm starting to be interested in doing some stamping.  I briefly looked at the stamps when I was in the Tandy store the other day and there must be 200 different stamps available just from Tandy.  Unlike most new leather crafters, I'm not independently wealthy.  ;)  But as I look at the various videos on stamping, there seems to be a handful of stamps that a lot of people are using for the majority of their stamping, a beveler, a veiner, a camouflage tool and a pear shader.

What do you feel are must have stamps that every leatherworker should have in their tool roll?  Could be that

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Ha! the slippery slope of "must have"

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30 minutes ago, kiwican said:

Ha! the slippery slope of "must have"

Yeah, I can see that.  I guess a better question would be:

Which stamps would you get first?

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Some bevelers. A few good ones and you'll be set.

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9 minutes ago, GregS said:

Yeah, I can see that.  I guess a better question would be:

Which stamps would you get first?

Totally depends on where your interest is. As I look down at my wrist brace I see a veiner tool, a seeder and a sunburst and a pear shader. I have several types of each and find I use those a lot

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just to get going so you can try a few "styles" I would suggest;

  • basket weave
  • camo or boarder stamp
  • beveler
  • pear shader
  • viener
  • seeder
  • camel toe
  • a geometric figure carving stamp in a triangular or Christmas tree shape comprised of lines... you will know then when you see them. They look nice alternated with the camo/boarder stamp
  • one geometric stamp that catches your eye

and if only one of each then get the medium size and you can muck around a fair bit - if two of each then med and small

you can do some basic floral work and mix and match and get creative for boarder work and funky fill work

Hope this helps

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On 2/12/2019 at 8:46 PM, kiwican said:

As I look down at my wrist brace I see a veiner tool, a seeder and a sunburst and a pear shader. I have several types of each and find I use those a lot

So, are you talking a carpal tunnel wrist brace?  I've never thought of making one of those.  A good friend has to wear one all the time and that would be a cool gift.  Happen to know where to find a pattern?

For what it's worth, I stop into Tandy every week or so to look around.  I pick up a stamp or 2 each time I'm in there. I went through their web page and put the numbers of the stamps I'd like to get in Evernote.  Then just check them off the list 1 at a time.

 

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Kinda depends on what type of tooling you wanna do.

Bevelers are used for every stamping, tooling or carving.  Steep slope smooth are the most useful.  Textured add nice dimension.  

If you get any kind of figure stamp or basket weave, you will need at least one camo or border stamp

If you plan on doing any Sheridan style, you will need the basic 7 set: Bevel, camo, pear, seeder, background, crescent, veiner.  Most Sheridan also incorporates a mule foot.

Some people develop a collector or hoarder mentality.   For instance I have at least 18 different basket weave stamps.  Straight, slanted, X-small, small, medium, large, X-large, traditional, tri-weave, celtic, star, etc.  Ebay can feed that beast only too well.  At last count I have over 300 different stamps.

 

 

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