hot stamp machine?

picture from here.

Hi there. I need some help. Up until now I have been getting all my tags for my bags hot stamped by some really awesome people. However, while there is nothing more I would like to do than continue to support their family business, it's becoming obvious to me that it's much more economical for me to invest in my own machine. I've spent hours sifting through pages online, but I'm really not sure what the best option is for me. I don't want to spend more than $600 for whatever machine I pick. I was looking at custom branding irons for a while and it seems those are mainly used for vegetable tanned leathers, and on top of that it looks like they leave a darkened impression, where as what I'm looking for is just a simple embossment, like what I have now. (Thought the darkening could be okay on browns and blacks, I'm thinking it wouldn't look as good on lighter colors?) There's a lot to pick from on ebay and such, but all the choices are a bit overwhelming. It's like going into the supermarket and you have ten different choices for caesar dressing. Do you own a hot stamp machine or branding iron? Do you have any recommendations? Thank you!


jenny gordy said...

my studio mate shannon has one of those for her bags! you should e-mail her and ask her opinion, and tell her i sent you to her. email shop(at)remadeusa(dot)com. said...

A friend of mine uses a simple handheld stamp (and a hammer?) to emboss her leather labels.

But what about these presses?
I guess it al depends on how much time it takes to stamp and how many you need to make. But 300 dollar sounds a lot better than 600 dollar.

julia said...

Thanks Jenny! I will definitely email Shannon! :)

Thanks for the link Charlotte! I had seen the arbor presses and was going to email them about it to see if it would work for upholstery leather. Yes, 300 is much much better than 600!! :) said...

:) yeah not only the price difference is great but i guess i'd rather have a mechanical option because it looks a lot more sturdy and if something breaks it's probably easier and cheaper to fix.
When i look at the hotpres it looks a lot more fragile.