If you haven’t caught on by now, I’m a fan of writing/office products and souvenirs.
I was delighted to combine these loves and buy a family stamp! I’ve seen a lot of these places around Korea- usually at art markets or in crafty neighborhoods. A few months ago, I was in Insadong and decided to get one for myself. How exactly will I use this? I don’t know, but I think it could be fun on Christmas cards!
They are small marble stamps. You choose the design you want on the marble, and then the artist carves your stamp onto the bottom. You can have your stamp be of anything, but I chose to have our last name, Maxwell, in English and Hangul. I always enjoy reading our name in Hangul; it’s close enough, but still sounds a little funny to me. “Mak-suh-well.” Hangul doesn’t have a sound for X, so they combine a K sound with an S. It works.
There are a lot of designs to choose from for the marble, but I chose a Korean gate since this item is part functional, part memory of Korea. It comes in a sweet little fabric holder, and with a bookmark. After the artist finished carving the stamp, he dipped it in red wax (I think it was wax), and placed it on the bookmark. Then he got a lighter and held the flame near the wax. IT TURNED TO GOLD! I have no idea what magic he knows, but it was quite exciting.
Souvenir. Stamp. Bookmark. Fire Magic- I’m tempted to buy another!