Rubber stamps… with lasers

Here is the results:

My goal here is to make rubber stamps using a laser cutter… I just don’t have the patients to do much hand carving.
This is the product I am aiming to try:
http://www.rubberstampmaterials.com/laserengravablerubberandpolymer.aspx

I know it is possible because YouTube tells me so.

As does adafruit.com and instructables

http://www.adafruit.com/blog/2012/07/16/homemade-laser-cut-rubber-stamps/

http://www.instructables.com/id/Offline-Commenting/#step1

 

Over the course of the project so far I have learned that this product cuts like crap… the laser heats the rubber up too much and it turns into a crumbly stinky mess.

http://www.artistcraftsman.com/speedball-speedy-cut-blocks.html

This linoleum on the other hand seems to be cutting just fine though it is better for block printing rather than stamping per se.

http://www.artistcraftsman.com/unmounted-linoleum-12-x12.html