Originally Posted by wartdog
i saw joe at PGI closed his hotstamp thread and was wondering if anyone is doing small amounts of H/S on some old paulson solids...i have spoke with a few members here before but havent seen or heard anymore interest...post if you have a thought....too shallow to label, dont have to be perfect, restamp would work fine, its a beer drinkin set..!!! maybe about 60-75 chips, maybe 100.
I know you and I have talked about this before, and I'll highlight the points again. Things that really make stamping chips like this difficult are the following (stamping by hand):
1. The material has aged and the surface of the chips tend to be harder. It makes modifying the surface of the chip to put foil into it harder to do and can cause under/over stamping, cracking and breaking. You need more heat and pressure. You can get incomplete stamps.
2. Restamps generally don't work because the new stamp has to go as deep or deeper than the previous stamp. Otherwise the old stamp (even though removed) will peek through and cause an incomplete stamp. If the old stamp is large then that causes a lot of problems. This is also compounded because the original stamp makes the surface of the chip harder as well.
3. Contaminates. Older chips have been handled a LOT. Oil, dirt, and other issues with the chips means cleaning them thoroughly before you try to stamp them. Otherwise the foil won't adhere.
4. Number of chips. I've had a few members asking me to stamp a handful of older chips - 15-30 or so. Not only does this leave ZERO room for mistakes, but because one set of old chips vary widely they can be very different and take a couple of chips to get the right combination of heat and pressure. 1/3 or 1/10 of the chips could have serious problems...
I've tried this a few times with not very good results. However, this is just my experience - there may be ways to do with a better setup or possibly more prep work and be successful with it.