i dont understand what to do with the stuf u mentioned file steel
or something into a shape og the stamp? or what?
Yes, Laura, those are dotting punches. Depending on the work, some
people use nails - that’s how “trampwork” was done, mostly. And
that’s a pretty nice vise that will work for all sorts of things
besides making stamps.
I haven’t read all of this thread, yet, but Laura’s confusion is
enough for now…
You have a flat face on a piece of (annealed) tool steel and you
want to make a punch that stamps some pattern. If you need to have a
dot, like the center of the flower I mentioned, then you use the
center punch to do that. Otherwise you file away the metal around
the flat face and downwards into the shank to make a pattern around
One common stamp is like a sunset - an arc with smaller arcs that
are like the rays of the sun going upwards. You start with a long
rectangular face and file the big arc with a large half-round file,
going downwards into the shank a bit. Then you file the upper edge
to match that arc, but
leave material, and then you use a round needle file (could use
triangle, too) along that edge and scallop it, again going down the
shank a bit.
You literally just remove material around the edge of the face until
you get whatever pattern you want. It’s like a cookie - you have a
round cookie and you want to make a sunburst, so you cut around the
edge with a knife to make that - the central cookie remains untouched
and the face of your punch remains untouched, too.