Casting Postage Stamps

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I'm relatively new to casting and now want to cast some stamps or labels on the tube. Can anyone help me with the best way to stick the stamps to the tube without getting glue on the face of the stamps or labels. My first attempts have been spoiled because of this. I've been using diluted Mod Podge.
 
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Hello Derek,

Did a quick search here and there are many threads on this topic because at one time this was very popular. So unless others chime in with direct methods here is the link where you can look through these threads. Good luck.

https://www.penturners.org/search/61635/?q=casting+postage+stamps&o=relevance

Here is a label casting article in the library that is basically the same for stamps.

https://www.penturners.org/resources/label-casting.173/
Hi John that's very kind of you, thank you for those links I'll have a good read.
I'm still having trouble finding my way around the IAP site, I'd got used to using it through Tapatalk
 

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Would a contact type adhesive like Uhu work? Never tried it on tubes but works for candle cup holders into candle sticks ie metal to wood . Pretty sure it’s fine for paper too
 

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Would a contact type adhesive like Uhu work? Never tried it on tubes but works for candle cup holders into candle sticks ie metal to wood . Pretty sure it’s fine for paper too
Hmmm, not sure. I'm going to read the links that @jttheclockman sent me. The problem I've had is glue squeezing out from underneath the stamps whilst positioning them and of course when you put one stamp covering part of the one underneath glue comes out whilst positioning it and contaminates the surface. Contact adhesive would stick immediately and I wouldn't be able to re-position.
 

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I’m not sure you’d be interested in how I do them because I go through a lot of trouble to make mine. Anyway here’s how I do them. First I remove the glue from the stamp. Then I paint the back with a water base acrylic white paint. Then I use clear Elmers glue to glue the stamp to the tube and then coat the whole thing with the same clear Elmers. After the tube has had plenty of time to dry I cast in Alumilite Clear Slow resin. I know that a lot of extra work but I like the results. Good Luck.
 

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I’m not sure you’d be interested in how I do them because I go through a lot of trouble to make mine. Anyway here’s how I do them. First I remove the glue from the stamp. Then I paint the back with a water base acrylic white paint. Then I use clear Elmers glue to glue the stamp to the tube and then coat the whole thing with the same clear Elmers. After the tube has had plenty of time to dry I cast in Alumilite Clear Slow resin. I know that a lot of extra work but I like the results. Good Luck.
Thanks for that. A couple of questions if I may. Do you also paint the tube and when you are attaching the stamps do you glue them and coat the whole thing in one go or do you let it dry first?
Also does Elmer's allow you time to adjust positioning before sticking.
Thanks, Derek
 

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The Elmers is a water base glue. You will have more than enough time ti adjust the stamp. I do pain t he tube although I'll paint it any color I want not just white. The white paint on the back of the stamp will protect the image. Make sure to use the Clear Elmers. The white Elmers doesn't dry clear. it will leave a haze. I see you'r in the UK so I'm not sure if the same brands of products will be available there.
 

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The Elmers is a water base glue. You will have more than enough time ti adjust the stamp. I do pain t he tube although I'll paint it any color I want not just white. The white paint on the back of the stamp will protect the image. Make sure to use the Clear Elmers. The white Elmers doesn't dry clear. it will leave a haze. I see you'r in the UK so I'm not sure if the same brands of products will be available there.
I've looked and we can get it here. I wonder if it's like Mod Podge which I've got already.
Do you glue and then coat everything in one go?
I don't care how long it takes to do, I'm a bit of a perfectionist (well I think I am🤣) and I'd rather get it done to my satisfaction.
 

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I know others use Mod Podge and have excellent results. I’ve never had any luck with it. As far as doing it all I one step I’ll let the glue on the stamp set then give it a final coat. The water base acrylic paint is the best thing I’ve found that won’t crack or peel when wrapping it around the tube. It also helps to keep the resin from penetrating the paper causing it to look water stained. Once you get where you can paint the back of the stamp and keep it from getting on the front you’ll have it made.
 

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I know others use Mod Podge and have excellent results. I’ve never had any luck with it. As far as doing it all I one step I’ll let the glue on the stamp set then give it a final coat. The water base acrylic paint is the best thing I’ve found that won’t crack or peel when wrapping it around the tube. It also helps to keep the resin from penetrating the paper causing it to look water stained. Once you get where you can paint the back of the stamp and keep it from getting on the front you’ll have it made.
Thanks for all your help. I'll try your method with some Elmer's.
Cheers, Derek
 
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