I have had an idea for a while, of how to get a coin design to use for a mold. I create a black and white picture from a drawing I create, or any photo with good contrast. I send this image off to a company that specializes in creating custom rubber stamps for stamping from ink pads for $15. One design offered, is a round 2 inches across, the size – shape of a coin. In the original plan I had thought to stamp round coins of wax with the surface made soft with a flame. But difficult to stamp both sides, then put in plaster to do the melt and lost wax work. I was not sure what the rubber stamp would look like and if I might need to make a reverse image of the stamp! So stamp one wax coin and make another mold of this wax to get a reverse. (see pictures).
I order one rubber stamp and think this will work, but do not like loss of detail in the tiny writing! Dang! I rework the design with bigger letters. I get another stamp made. No. I need two stamps, but then I have to create a 3-D mold. I’d be happier with an open mold to easily pour melted wax in and with the flat back, stamp this somehow, or hand draw something, or leave one side blank. I was letting the design work itself out. Creativity can be like this. Let the outcome work itself out as we move along and discover what is possible, simply begin and take it one step at a time. I get two stamps and plan to peel the rubber part of each stamp off the wood block and glue them back to back as a single 2 sided coin.
I frown. No matter how I work the stamp I can not create a correct reverse. I have done this with scenery and never noticed, in the reverse the animals face the other direction. Not a big deal. However, with writing it is a big deal, as the writing now is the mirror image! I now have to have another set of stamps made, for the 3rd time and now $50.
How am I going to get a reverse mirror image? I thought of holding the original up to mirror and getting a photo in the mirror! Not, not going to work. I recalled seeing in one of my computer photo programs the ability to create a mirror image. I forgot what old program I had that does this. I hunted around and found an option to create a ‘reflection.’
I am in the program and able to tweak the reflection and later crop it for my mirror image. I am now waiting for a 3rd set of rubber stamps to arrive that ‘have to work.’ If the stamps work, I will make the rubber mold of the two glued back to back. The casting will be the easy part! I have about a month to fill the order. I’ll keep you posted. See New post the casting