Here are some samples of stamps we've made. Let these images inspire you as you design your own personalized stamp. Except where noted, the stamps are cut 0.1" (2.5 mm) deep. Below the head of the stamp, there is a closely cut "shoulder" to keep the edge of the background from accidentally pressing into the clay. Our stamps are not just for clay -- they are also being used with fabric, soap and leather.
 
    








     This signature stamp was created using a black rollerball pen to write the name on white paper about twice its normal size. I scanned it into the computer and reduced it to the desired size. The signature is approximately 0.8" (21 mm) across.

     This rendering shows a closeup of a regular stamp of a kanji symbol. At the top (shown here in light gray) is the head of the stamp. Notice the tapered engraved cut which starts small and gets larger toward the bottom of the stamp head which is 0.1" (2.5 mm) deep for a regular stamp. Next is the tightly cut vertical shoulder of the stamp (shown here in a medium gray). At the bottom is the base of the stamp (shown here in dark gray).
     Asheville jeweler Tamela Wells uses tiny name stamps for her work in polymer clay. The stamp shown here is just 3/8" (9 mm) wide. These work well at this small size because her hand-drawn text is thin and clean. She emailed us "I LOVE my stamps LOVE them."
    Your stamp comes with your choice of a handle or knob. The handle is approximately 2.6" (66 mm) long and works well for any size stamp. The knob is approximately 1.9" (48 mm) long. It works well for all but the larger stamps (which need extra pressure to make a good impression). A nice thing about the handle is that it is hollow and a good fit for your index finger so you can easily "point and stamp". Being larger, it is also more friendly to older hands or longer stamping sessions.
     Reversed stamps have a flat surface with your design cut into the surface of the stamp so that the design stands out from the surface of the clay (it's embossed). This method requires relatively wide lines so that the clay will flow into the pattern (It won't work well on leather hard clay). In general, you should plan on a simple design with lines at least .04" (1 mm) wide. This means that for most fonts, letters will be at least .25" (6 mm) tall.

     Typical reversed stamps have a simple graphic or use 1 to 6 upper case characters and a bold font with consistent stroke width like Arial, Lucida, Desyrel, or Segoe. The pattern will be cut about .06" (1.5 mm) deep. Please note that these stamps require a background that presses into the clay to frame the design.
The circular design to the right is 0.45" (12 mm) in diameter and the square design is 0.6" (15 mm) on each side.

     Please note that reversed stamps don't work well in soap -- use a regular or extra-deep stamp instead.

     Soap maker Doreen Adrian of Nitsua Naturals emailed us some very nice comments about her stamp: "The Stamp was awesome! I did not have to oil it or anything. The soap does not stick to the stamp, its great. Great craftsmanship and wonderfully detailed. Very easy to use and clean up, I just rinsed with some warm water since I was stamping soap and Voila all clean. Thank you again for a wonderful Stamp."

     We offer both regular stamps (0.10" or 2.5 mm deep) and extra-deep stamps (0.15" or 3.8 mm deep) to keep your logo visible longer for use in soap.
    Laura Sims uses a Jet Stamp to mark her logo with metal paint on her beautiful silks. She'd tried ordinary rubber stamps, but they didn't result in a clear and crisp mark.
     North Carolina potter Tristan Mardall designed this stamp for his work. The wing tips on the flying dog show the incredible detail you can get with an engraved stamp -- try that in wood or bisque! The stamp measures about 1" (25 mm) across.
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     Carolyn and Dave Good of 2 Good Claymates use this logo stamp in their polymer clay work. Carolyn writes "We are really happy with the stamp and the nice clean impression it creates."

     The usual depth of 0.1" for a stamp is overkill for the smaller more detailed HD stamps used for polymer clay and PMC, so I make these stamps 0.06" (1.5 mm) deep. This is still plenty deep, since many impressions in these clays are less than 0.01" (1/4 mm) deep.
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     I can lay out your text to fit in curves, circles, ovals and other shapes for a small fee. Just send me a sketch of your design and I'll give you a no-obligation quote.
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     If you need a large stamp for a curved surface like a mug, a domed stamp will make your life easier. This rendering shows the slight reversed curve that has just part of the stamp in the clay at any one time, reducing the pressure you'll need to get a good impression. This option works best on stamps that are wider than 1.5" (38 mm).

     One of our customers wrote "
I've used the curved stamp, and used the flat one as well, and I definitely like the curved stamp better on mugs! It really allows for even pressure through the entire stamp, vs. having to rock up, down, right and left to get the same coverage. I'm also much less likely to 'over-stamp' as I sometimes do with the flat stamp, so I get a cleaner result. It's a big win for me!"
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     The High Definition stamps for polymer clay and PMC  have incredible detail. Here we have two initials stamps and one signature stamp we made for Billy Zeeman. Her full name and copyright symbol is about 12 mm across and is still very legible.
     Darby and Phoebe of Daily Bird Pottery use reversed stamps on some of their projects like this cup. Reversed stamps create an elegant distinctive mark. We can make combination reversed and regular stamps too.
     Our premium deep engraved brass stamps feature fine lines and great detail. The lines in this keltic stamp are 0.011" (0.28 mm) wide, perfect for use in leather-hard clay. If you have a more detailed design, the lines can be even thinner. But for the finest detail, look to our High Definition Stamps used for polymer clay and PMC.
     Jet Stamps is proud to supply the Penland School of Crafts with stamps for their annual benefit auction.
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     Polymer clay artist Cat Szetu (thatBluCat.etsy.com) sent us this photo along with the following: "Your stamp makes a perfect impression, even at this teeny size! The results are even crisper than the halftone screen printed logo. Awesome!".

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     Steve Ehlers used a Jet Stamp to make this impression of the beautiful Fresno Water Tower in one of his drink coasters.

     He sent me a pencil drawing which I traced to create the vector artwork. This stamp is 3.5" (89 mm) tall.
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     Port Townsend, Washington potter Darby Huffman had a great idea to help boost tourist traffic in his and Phoebe's gallery (dailybirdpottery.com). He had me make a quarter-sized stamp for him with the bird logo, company name, and street address.

     After firing the one-sided token, he passes them out to tourists around town with the offer of a free cup when they redeem the token in the gallery.
     Our custom roller stamps are great for textures, patterns, and larger text. These stamps are carved into the outside edge of a 1" (25.4 mm, on bottom at right) or 1.5"  (38.1 mm, on top at right) diameter piece of black acetal or clear acrylic giving you a long pattern that can easily be rolled out on a slab of clay. Your pattern can be continuous or not; it's your choice.

     The roller stamps are designed to be used with the interchangeable wood handles made by MKM Pottery Tools (
mkmpotterytools.com). Our roller stamps do not include a handle. If you don't already have an MKM roller handle, you can buy one direct from MKM (with free shipping in the US) or from your usual pottery supplier. MKM makes two handles: the RH-2 is the small one (used with our small roller stamp) and the RH-1 is the large one (used with all roller stamps other than the small size).

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