Crafternoon: Forget Potatoes, We’re Making Stamps with Lasers

No, that’s not Heisenberg without his hat. It’s [Jens], and he laser-cut a stamp of his face out of EVA foam. He made the laser cutter himself, which we covered a couple of months ago.

Let’s take a brief interlude to discuss your beautiful eyeballs. Keep them safe, okay? If you’re going to play with lasers, be smart and protect yourself according to the wattage and wavelength. Alright, back to business.

[Jens] started by making a stencil from a photo using this tutorial. He added a frame and supports around his face to keep everything where it should be. [Jens] then turned to Inkscape to generate the g-code using the laser plugin and then proceeded to cut his countenance into EVA foam.

After gluing the foam to a wood backing, he cut off the supports. Now it’s ready to stamp. You could use a brayer if you have one or maybe your wife’s rolling pin to apply whatever ink or paint you want to use. [Jens] loaded up his stamp with a sponge.


  1. cooperised says:

    My wife’s rolling pin? How about my rolling pin? Pretty sure rolling-pin ownership is not restricted to one gender.

  2. Trui says:

    How well does this work if you don’t have a hipster beard and glasses ?

  3. Tony says:

    Supports? Ah, someone hasn’t heard about transfer tape.

    Double-sided tape is handy too.

  4. hue says:

    EVA- contains vinyl? Doesn’t sound safe for lasers…

    • Tony says:

      You’re thinking of the ‘C’ in PVC. Lasering PVC aka vinyl gives of chlorine etc that makes your laser go all rusty, not good for your lungs either.

      EVA is quite safe by comparison, it’s even used in some cigarettes. I wouldn’t breathe the fumes anyway, but it’s nowhere as problematic as PVC.

      One thing abut lasering EVA is the edges shrink quite a lot from the heat.

  5. rue_mohr says:

    Nice link for eyewear, some graphs would help.
    Its an interesting point, with all the people buying illegal lasers from china, and all the people prying lasers out of dvd burners, has ANYONE heard of anyone getting one in the eye? I suppose its plausable that all the people doing these things are smart enough to be carefull….?

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