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Wulfgar06 Aug 2010 3:15 p.m. PST

Has anyone on the group tried this yet?

Looking at the available decals for Japanese mon, I was impressed that most tend to be of the same Japanese Daimyo, with a lot of emphasis on the armies of Takeda Shingen and Uesugi Kenshin. That is not a bad thing, I was just looking for something different.

Some of the historical mon are easy to reproduce because they use very simple geometric shapes, and could be repeatedly reproduced on sashimono and other banners fairly easily. Sometimes the sashimono are even just divided into panels or have simple stripes. So far so good.

However. . . many of the mon are in small circles. . .difficult to paint consistently. I felt that if I could just get well shaped, consistent circles I could paint in the mon as needed. It finally occured to me that I could use the back end of a rubber eraser to get the circles for mon in 28mm. I can probably use the same method for larger banners in 15mm.

This got me wondering if anyone here has simply tried having a small rubber stamp made that could be used on either 28mm or 15mm. If so, has it resulted in much success? Are there inherent problems with the method?
Thanks and best wishes.

John Leahy Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Aug 2010 3:50 p.m. PST

There are free downloads at warflag and other commercial ones available. Stamping sounds like too much work.



sector5107 Aug 2010 4:41 a.m. PST

Only problems I could see would be stamping on to an irregular or fragile service.

But there are indeed lots of mon transfers out there. Some very pretty.

mikeah07 Aug 2010 5:11 a.m. PST

My wife has one. It seems that in Japan your mon is your signature and they use this little stamp with your family stamp provides an easy way to produce the complex character. I will try to find out where she got it. Problem may be that the only place to get such a thing may be Japan. I don't know if it is a controlled item or not. Can you buy someone elses mon? I don't know.

setsuko07 Aug 2010 5:39 a.m. PST

mikeah: you can find stamp stores in some corner of pretty much any block in Japan, and ordering a simple one isn't that expensive. I got one myself when I lived there. The difference, however, is that those stamps are not of a mon, but of the family name, so it wouldn't work for samurai banners. They are also made to make ink imprints on paper, so I think paint would easily bleed too much when used on metal/plastic covered with paint.

mikeah07 Aug 2010 3:21 p.m. PST

Perhaps, but why would it not work on a smooth surface.

How many ways are there to say "Yamamoto".

Give them a design, they can probably do it. Easier than that is that you can use a standard printer to make decals. Then you can make as many as you want.

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