Are FF brand stamps rated for stainless steel?
Do you want the short answer, or the long answer?
Short answer: YES. :)
Absolutely! In fact, most of the images you see stamped on this website and our facebook pages are entirely stamped on stainless steel. You'll want to keep a keen eye on the thickness of the fonts and read the details of each font thoroughly. While EVERY SINGLE THING on our website IS RATED FOR STAINLESS STEEL, not everything leaves a super impression in stainless.
Fonts that are thick lined and larger do not leave impressions that hold color well. If you aren't planning on coloring in these thick, large fonts, no problem! But should you be interested in leaving a lasting color impression, you'll want to stick to thinner lined fonts (in any size). Read the details of the font you're eyeing. We've done our best to give a head's up when a font is thicker lined and more suited for softer metals, strictly for color staying reasons.
That being said, like ALL tools on earth, constant use will cause wear on your tools. There isn't a tool on earth that won't wear over time. Taking care of your stamps and preventing rust on the image to be stamped is first and foremost in terms of care, in addition to not hulk-smashing your stamps, and trying to avoid situations where they could break.
There are varying hardness levels of stainless steel. For example, the hardest stainless steel we've encountered (and don't really recommend purely for the longevity of your stamps) are KNIVES. Knives are hardened more than other utensils and could risk wearing down or damaging your stamps over time.
All our stamps at Font Fixation come with a 1 year warranty -- we will replace any damaged stamps for up to one year of your purchase directly from us (de-stashed stamps are not covered under warranty).
What about golf clubs? Go for it. Again, all of our stamps are covered under your 1 year warranty, and a simple email to us will resolve any stamping issues.
If you have a question, email us! firstname.lastname@example.org
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!
Are you new to metal stamping and considering starting with stainless steel as your metal of choice? I love this idea... but there are some things you need to know first.
1. You need a solid base. Like, SUPER solid. Here's a video we made on how to hammer on stainless steel. It is IMPERATIVE you watch this video before attempting stainless steel or you'll be lost, confused, heart broken, and seeking help in all the wrong places. Start HERE:
2. We recommend starting with soft metals. We're pretty sure it's how Stella got her Groove back (yes, we are old. It's a movie. Google it.) That being said, soft metals will totally help you figure out what the heck you're doing before you go and stress stamp on harder metals.
3. Still struggling getting an impression? You think it's the stamp's fault, right? Must be a BAD STAMP! Sorry, but that's probably NOT it. It's probably, and brace yourself here, YOUR FAULT. And that is OK! Don't stress! We have an app for that. Well, not an app, but another video on troubleshooting what could possibly be happening when you don't get a full impression when you strike the stamp. Check this video out:
That should be enough to get you started!! Need more help? Join our facebook group, Font Fixation's Fabulous Friends. The group and I can help troubleshoot whatever else you need. And you'll have one-on-one, personalized attention from yours truly (Stephanie) in just a few clicks and white flag waves! We gotchoo.