I chose the small graphic with many details, how dare I. I used to carve soft rubber stamp, therefore I used a lot of strength on this hectograph. All the tools I had are not useful, so it’s kind of difficult and made my hand painful. Besides, the letters aren’t straight at all.
Compare hectograph and rubber stamp: the hardness of hectograph is higher and it’s thinner, so you have to use more strength to carve it. If your graphic is small, you might hard to hold it. Due to the higher hardness, you can carve the hairline or complicated graphic and it can print up to 90% accuracy.
Be careful of the strength by using chamfer tool, it might stab into the cutting pad or happen something like this below. The half of letter A was carved, I had no idea to deal with this problem then I thought that it might be best carving it all.
When I finished the easy parts then I thought just leave it like this? Because of my painful hand, I had an idea that take a rest and buy some powerful carving tools.
I bought an OLFA art knife and it proved the Chinese idiom: To do a better job, you must broaden your knowledge and sharpen your skills.
I simplified some lines afterwards. However, when I print it and it still looks amazing. But it’s better not look at the hectograph directly… (hahaha)
I was fascinated with hectograph. Then I was thinking if I use this to carve QR code, it could successful pass through by scanner. Could it?
I carved 4 QR code stamps and one of it is hectograph.
First one(upper left), second (upper right), third (bottom right), fourth (bottom left).
It looks like a secret smart chip.
If it can’t sussessful pass through the scanner then it doesn’t make sense at all. And the answer is…….
I made it!!!!!!! After 4 times carving, I made it! This time I didn’t use magnifier and only used one OLFA art knife. I LOVE hectograph!