Making a Seal
For my seal, I bought the big eraser from Daiso. Any eraser would work as long as it is 3cm in length and width.
- Big eraser
- Nail polish remover
- Cotton makeup pads
- Chisels and/or exacto knife
To get started, you need to decide on the characters you want on your seal (maximum of 4 characters). You can change your English name to katakana and based on those characters, you can choose the kanji with the meaning you want.
Once you have decided on your characters (preferably at least 2), you can head to this site called Yuubinkyoku. You’ll need adobe flash for this. Safari and Firefox didn’t have the flash for me, but Opera had it.
Once you’re satisfied with it, click on the download button.
Once you’ve got the image file, you are 1/3 done!
Next, getting the image on your eraser:
- Copy and paste your seal image on Microsoft or any program that will allow you to change the image size. Resize the seal image to 1.2-1.3 inches or around 2.6 cm.
- Print the image out and cut it.
- Wet the cotton makeup pad with the nail polish remover.
- Put the cut out image facing down on the big eraser. (You’re looking at the blank side of the paper).
- Press the cotton pad on the paper that is on the eraser. Make sure the paper is covered with nail polish remover. Making it too wet would blur the ink. It’s ok if that happens.
- Remove the cotton pad and take a pen or something similar to a pen. Roll the pen on top of the paper to make sure the image is printed on the eraser.
- After rolling it for a couple seconds, you can remove the paper.
- Your seal image should be on the eraser.
- Take a pen and trace the frame and characters.
- All that is left is to carve it.
- If you want to have the characters inked, then you’ll need to carve around it. Don’t forget to carve the frame.
- If you want the characters to be white with ink background, you will need to carve the characters out.
Here is my seal~ I messed up on some parts, but it still looks nice. 🙂