If you make soap you may want to personalize it with a stamped impression. This instructable will show you how to make a resin stamp! It works on freshly cut home made bars, but will not work on store bought soap or bars that have been aged. I got my inspiration from Kaseen Cook of Tortuga Soaps in Australia. Here is a link to her page which has a lot of good info about making and using soap stamps. 


This is my first instuctable and I appreciate your constructive criticism! :-)


Step 1: Supplies and Getting Started

 OK so to make a stamp you need:

* Resin - I like Quick Cast from Tap Plastics
* Mixing cups 
* Modeling clay or carving wax - I used Roma Plastilina #3
* Carving tools and smoothing tool
* Goof Off or similar solvent based cleaner
* Duct tape
* Foil

The modeling clay that I used is called Roma Plastilina #3. It is the second hardest one that they make, which is good for making a sharp well defined mold. To get started though it will probably require heating. Just cut a hunk off and break it into pieces. Then make a small foil tray to hold the pieces. Put it into a toaster oven on the lowest setting for about 15 minutes. This will make it soft enough to form it into the shape you want. I made a disk about 3 inches across and 3/4 of an inch thick. This will be your "canvas" to create on so make it smooth and flat. After you are satisfied put it into the freezer for a few minutes to harden it up.

<p>Thanks for the guide! I executed it tonight and was pretty happy with the results. I made a simple design from modeling clay, baked it, applied some silicone spray as a release agent, then poured on some Dollar Store epoxy. The stamp isn't the prettiest colour, but it's effective. Thanks again!</p>
I think you did a great job for your first &quot;Instructable&quot;!
Nice idea- I like the personal touch :)
Had you thought about carving the mould from wax? I've cast resin in this way before, I'd not considered clay.<br /> <br /> L<br />
&nbsp;Wax would probably work great!
do you think I could make a stamp with solvent cement in place of resin?
Thank you for this Instructable. I'm not artist and most likely won't be making this but I like see that I could 'dig' or cut a design. I think that would be way easier for someone like me who isn't artistic. I do make my own soap and may someday try this.
<p>I found that at Woodcraft.com, and at their shops, you can buy high density plastic scrap that can be cut into stamps.&nbsp; You can also get soapstone (steatite) there, which could also be used as stamps.</p>
I have been making cylinder seals like the ones the Mesopotamians used three thousand years ago, but have been carving them out of round pieces of wood.&nbsp; Walnut&nbsp; (Juglans Cinerea)I &nbsp;found works the best.&nbsp; As soon as I troubleshoot my digital camera and find out how to make it work, (I suspect I may need to replace the batteries!&nbsp; D'oh!) I will make a picture to show.&nbsp; I could even make my own instructable on how I do them.
From the title, I thought it was something to do with paint and kids. <br /> I was pleasantly surprised. Nice instructable. <br /> Are the soaps for anything in particular (guest house, hotel, pub), or are they just for home? <br />
&nbsp;Thanks! I am making them to sell, because I don't like the plastic containers of liquid shampoo... :-)

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