Thursday, April 23, 2009

Your Designs on Rubber Stamps

Since we are talking about copyrights this week, I thought t would be a perfect time to share a source with you. When I started designing and making my beads, I wanted to use stamps on them. Since rubber stamps are usually designed by other artists I couldn't use them on my beads to resell. I found a great place called Ready Stamps to turn my designs into rubber stamps. This way my work would be original and different from any one else's. That what we all really want isn't it?

So here what you do...
Draw up, by hand or computer, some stamps you would like. Send Ready Stamps a sheet of paper measuring 7" x 9" with all of your stamp designs on the sheet. It needs to be in black and white. Send them a check for 32.00 plus 5.00 shipping. In about a week you will get your stamps in the mail.

You can cut them apart and use them how they are or you can glue them to a wood or acrylic base. I am usually too excite to try them out to bother adhering them to anything. Here are some beads made with my Ready Stamps.

Oh, and the best part....Ready Stamps is a non profit group employing people with cerebral palsy.

Here's a link to the order form through Polymer Clay Express' website. It's all ready to print out and this form is specifically for artists.

Have fun!
Jennifer Heynen of Jangles

11 comments:

Nerissa Alford said...

Thank you for the link & info. I love how it is a non-profit!
Nerissa

sharon said...

This is the best thing I've seen in a long time and also benefits handicapped people to boot! Thank you so much for sharing this Jennifer!

TesoriTrovati said...

That is a great idea Jennifer! I always knew you had fresh funky designs and now I understand where that comes from. I love that the work and money benefits such a worthy cause.

Since you bring up the copyright issue again, I would say that it didn't occur to me that using a commercially produced rubber stamp on your original beads wouldn't be okay...so does that mean that an artist that uses readily available scrap papers and rub on letters in say a resin bezel would be stepping on the toes of that designer if the piece was sold? When I use art beads in my work (like yours ;-) I am very clear to my customers about the artist. I would never represent that work as mine. But I think that it adds a special touch to be able to incorporate those things into a piece. I also love to add the business card of the artist who made the beads or components wherever possible along with the piece. Something for you and other bead artists to think about when sending out your art beads to the designers who use them. Moo Cards are fantastic to that end. You and the other ladies at ABS give me so much to think about!
Enjoy the day!
Erin

JenniferJangles said...

They are a great company...I just sent a new set of designs off to them today and I can't wait to get them back as stamps.
Have a great day, Jennifer

by Patricia Wood said...

Thank you for sharing!

SummersStudio said...

I use this company as well. They are very good and I like the philosophy of the company and the opportunities it provides.

Softflexgirl said...

That is really interesting. :)

Meekiyu said...

wow that's great.. I'm glad to have heard of this company. =)

Tracy said...

Love this idea of creating your own rubber stamps and helping a non profit company as well. I can't wait to start drawing... I have found that some manufacturers of rubber stamps have policies that allow an artist to use their image in their artwork for resale...check out my blog at www.tracyisley.blogspot.com for more information.

Stephanie said...

Wow! This is so great! I've been making my own stamps by hand. It is a long and sometimes painful process (I always cut myself with those woodblock cutters)... so this is a god send! Thanks Again!

Stephanie

Carol B said...

Thank you so much! I've been wanted to do this and haven't gotten around to researching it yet. You have saved me a ton of time!!!!