Step 1: Gather all your equipment and supplies
There are two pieces of equipment that you will need to make to expose your rubber stamps, although both are very simple to make. The first is the UV exposure light. If you think you might be doing a lot of rubber stamp making I would invest in a fluorescent light fixture with UV (black light) bulbs to fit. You will need to attach two 6 â x 6â wood boards to the side of the light to raise it 4â off of the table surface. Some light fixtures will need to have a cord attached, which can easily be done by cutting a 6â extension cords female end off and direct wiring to the fixture. To make the light fixture easy to use a on/off switch may be wired to the light as well to make turning off the light between exposures easier. Another solution for those who donât want to wire their light fixture is to simply purchase a clamp light and hang it 4 inches from the tabletop. They come with cords attached and a turn of button on the top of the fixture. You can purchase a flood style black light bulb to fit the fixture.
The second piece of equipment is the glass exposure plates. These are simply two matching sheets of 8 â x 8â single pain clear glass , with the edges wrapped in electrical tape to keep your hands clear of sharp edges. Along two parallel edges of the taped plates lay magnetic tape on both sides. This will hold the plates together and keep them from shifting during the exposure process.
Light Fixture and UV Bulb
Digital Timer (must measure seconds)
Two containers to hold liquid
Gentle scrub or tooth brush
Baby powder, Cornstarch, or talc
Clear acrylic or Plexiglass for mounting stamps