Thanksgiving prints

Make your own stamp for Thanksgiving!

Warn­ing! Only un­der adult su­per­vi­sion


  • press from the “Print­ing press” set from the MEL Sci­ence sub­scrip­tion;
  • cloth bag;
  • met­al tur­key mold;
  • felt-tip pen.

Step-by-step in­struc­tions

First, make a stamp: fix some foami­ran to the sta­tion­ary sec­tion of the press from the MEL Sci­ence “Print­ing press” set. Place a met­al tur­key mold on the mov­able part. Im­print the tur­key shape in the foami­ran by rais­ing the mov­able part to the fixed one. Then, re­move the form from the foami­ran and squeeze the tur­key out – your stamp is ready! Now let's trans­fer the im­age to a bag! Ap­ply ink from a felt-tip pen to the stamp and fix it to the sta­tion­ary part of the press. Set a bag on the mov­able part. Now just push down on the press to im­print the im­age on the bag!

Process de­scrip­tion

You use force to push down on the press lever. The sec­tion of the lever you push is 3 times as long as the sec­tion of the lever on the oth­er side of the hinge – the lever in­creas­es your strength 3 times! This force sets the mov­able part of the press in mo­tion and, when it comes into con­tact with the sta­tion­ary part, is trans­mit­ted in the form of pres­sure. The mag­ni­tude of the pres­sure at the same force de­pends on the con­tact area: the small­er the area, the greater the pres­sure. In the case of a tur­key shape with a small to­tal area, the pres­sure is very high, so the shape is easy to press into the foami­ran. When print­ing, the pres­sure is even­ly dis­trib­uted over the con­tact area be­tween ​​the stamp and the bag, and the ink is eas­i­ly trans­ferred from one to the oth­er.

This and oth­er use­ful ex­per­i­ments await you in the MEL Sci­ence sub­scrip­tion!!