PragmaticArtisan

Unique Metal Hand Stamps. Covid sale through May 14th.

Minneapolis, Minnesota On Etsy since 2016

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PragmaticArtisan

Unique Metal Hand Stamps. Covid sale through May 14th.

Minneapolis, Minnesota | 1,123 Sales

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Announcement    I had a recent bout of diverticulitis and am a tad bit behind - about a week. Thanks for your patience while this old lady recuperates and kicks some arse to get work done! :)
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In support of artists, offering 20% off sale on most stamps. As my state of Minnesota extends the Shelter In Place order, so I'll extend my sale until May 14th. Stay safe, y'all!
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Please check processing time when you check out. Processing times are estimates. They may be sooner or may be later. Know that I'm working long days to assure you get them as quickly as possible. Thank you for your support.
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Metal hand stamps, made from tool steel. These are rated for non ferrous metals, like sterling and copper, not stainless steel. Also will work on leather. Popular Stamp Racks with easily viewable angle. The Original Handmade Stamp Blocks made from unique wood and OOAK.

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If you’re looking for my jewelry work, please visit LooseWireStudio.etsy.com
Though I don't have much time to work on that lately, so I'm not competing. :D

Announcement

Last updated on Apr 30, 2020

I had a recent bout of diverticulitis and am a tad bit behind - about a week. Thanks for your patience while this old lady recuperates and kicks some arse to get work done! :)
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In support of artists, offering 20% off sale on most stamps. As my state of Minnesota extends the Shelter In Place order, so I'll extend my sale until May 14th. Stay safe, y'all!
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Please check processing time when you check out. Processing times are estimates. They may be sooner or may be later. Know that I'm working long days to assure you get them as quickly as possible. Thank you for your support.
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Metal hand stamps, made from tool steel. These are rated for non ferrous metals, like sterling and copper, not stainless steel. Also will work on leather. Popular Stamp Racks with easily viewable angle. The Original Handmade Stamp Blocks made from unique wood and OOAK.

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If you’re looking for my jewelry work, please visit LooseWireStudio.etsy.com
Though I don't have much time to work on that lately, so I'm not competing. :D

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About PragmaticArtisan

Sales 1,123
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From One Artisan to Another

As I collected stamps from other artists, I needed a place to store them. As a woodworker, I made myself a stamp block out of unique wood. Others asked for them, so I made more and continue to make a few of them at a time. If you don't see them, they're currently sold out.

As I continued to collect stamps, I realized my style was less traditional. Not being able to find the designs and styles I wanted, I learned to make my own. I prefer tool steel to rebar and other questionable metals. And I like them to be of similar size so they're easy to store and see. As I made these, again people expressed interest.

I continue to make my own stamp designs and and am happy to share them with others. I shape and engrave them in my spare bedroom and heat treat them in my basement.

Let me know if there's a particular type of stamp you might like. I'm not currently making custom stamps, but could add your idea to my list.

Thanks for stopping in!

Meesh

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  • Meesh Barlow

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    Hi! I'm Meesh and live in Minneapolis, MN, USA. I've been making stamps now for several years and jewelry for probably 20. Hoping my creations help inspire yours. <3

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Last updated on Nov 8, 2019
Frequently asked questions
How do I drive out the detail of your stamps?

For finer details of recessed designs, try putting a piece of paper between the metal and your block. Not enough? Fold the paper. For some, thicker backings can help, like cardstock or leather.

For raised designs, be careful to not use too thick a backing, so the edges don't impress. Raised designs are generally easier to stamp.

The surface you strike upon MUST not bounce. Consider finding a stump and investing in a large block or anvil.

If you're used to using a 1# hammer, this will only work with the smaller stamps. For larger stamp surface, you'll need more force to drive the stamp into the metal. It's not uncommon to use a 2#-4# sledgehammer. Consider buying Brass if you don't already own one. They're more gentle on the stamps.