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Does anyone know wher I can buy and an archival ink pad for a rubber stamp? Many thanks YA Sinclair
-- Yaakov Asher Sinclair (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 09, 2000
it depends on what you mean by archival. i recently started stamping the prints that i send to HABS/HAER, and i was unable to find a single commercial source for an ink acceptable to the LOC. they mix their own ink in-house, and sent me some. the other aspect of this is the ink pad itself - they would not allow a normal pad, it has to be end-grain balsa wood. they also provide very detailed guidelines for using the stamp and ink. many of the HABS/HAER guidelines and standards are available on their website and/or the LOC site.
-- jnorman (email@example.com), May 09, 2000.
What I believe you are looking for is Actinic ink. I bought some of this from University Products. I didn't have great luck with it. You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org Perhaps you will discover the secret to it's proper use.
-- Robert A. Zeichner (email@example.com), May 09, 2000.
Ok, what's archival ink? Of all the problems facing us photographers, I had never thought of that one. Are we looking at ink fading or are we looking at ink eating through or what?
-- Richard C. Trochlil (firstname.lastname@example.org), May 10, 2000.
I saw an article in View Camera Sep/Oct 1999 which spoke about using a stamp on the back of the print and the author mentioned the use of an archival-ink pad. I guess it's ink which won't eat the print.
-- Yaakov Asher Sinclair (email@example.com), May 10, 2000.