Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tutorial: Hot Stamping

After contemplating how to get my logo onto some wooden scoops I recently purchased (to go with an up and coming product), I came up with this little tutorial to show you how I turned an ordinary wooden scoop into a customized product.

The medium: wood
What I wanted to do: adhere my logo on each scoop

But how? I considered stamping, painting, and stenciling. Then I got the brilliant idea to wood burn the logo onto each one. So I went on the mad hunt for the long forgotten wood burner. When I found it I really started hesitating if I could work on such a small area, and my logo is fairly detailed at that tiny size. Then before I put it away I got to reading about the different tips and a little light bulb came on.


What you need:
Wood burning tool (bought at most hobby stores)
Hot stamp tip (it is round and flat)
Reverse Laser print out of image to transfer (very important this is laser and NOT ink jet and if you have any text or a non-symmetrical image to print it in reverse)
A little patience and cautious hands...it gets hot!

While your wood burner is warming up trim your image to fit the area to be stamped. I printed a whole sheet. Be sure to leave enough around your image so the burner tip does not touch the wood surface and so you have room to tape it in place.

Next, position and tape your image, ink side down, lightly on one edge so it won't slip while burning.

Now, while holding your image down firmly use the wood burner to impress the image into the wood. Use small circular motions, firm pressure, and check often for imprint (just flip your taped image up slightly and reposition if more heat is needed). Watch your fingers here. I was working on a fairly small surface so I had to be extra cautious. If you notice your paper is turning brown it's time to turn the burner off or you will end up burning through.

I did have to rock the burner around a bit because of the curved surface I was working on.

Once the image is fully transferred you can remove the tape and paper. Tada!

This was such a simple project and I love that I could do it myself. What are some other creative ways this technique could be used?

I'd love to hear your ideas and please stay tuned for coordinating soapy product!!


Gourmet Soaps said...

Wow! That's so cool! Thanks for the tutorial :0)

Swan Mountain Soaps said...

Really well done! I never would have thought of this. I can see lots of uses for this though. Now you've got me thinking! =]

Anhoki's Place said...

AWESOME idea. Too too kewl. :~)

Amelia's Soap Co. said...

It looks completely professional! Wonderful job ... fantastic tutorial!! :)

Tierra Verde Handmade Soap said...

Wow! What a great job you did. How color fast is that - any idea?

Life Soap Simple said...

Well, I'm not using it in a wet condition, but I will be testing to see if it rubs off over time. I'll let you know Tierra Verde.

And thank you everyone on the kind comments. It was a fun project and I'm dreaming up other uses!

T.A. Helton said...

What an awesome project!

Odette Handley said...

That's great. Thanks for the info. Did you print on plain printing paper? Or something special?