Handmade Gifts are Best

Jul 25, 2014

I truly believe a hand­made gift is one of the best gifts one can receive. I know I love to receive any­thing hand­made. The thought that some­one took the time to make some­thing spe­cial just for me, means more than I can describe. If you are just start­ing out in hand stamp­ing jew­elry charms or are think­ing about start­ing this charm is some­thing you can cre­ate fast and easily.

GiGi & Jemma

One tip I have for begin­ners is to start out with Impres­sArt Soft Strike Metal Stamp­ing Blanks. These are amaz­ing!!! The stamp­ing blank used in my exam­ple is the Pewter, Square, 15/16″ Item # IAD13102. I secured the blank onto a stamp­ing block using stamp straight tape. Don’t even try to stamp your metal with­out using this awe­some tape. I promise you stamp straight tape saves you loads of stamp­ing mishaps and doesn’t leave any sticky residue on your stamp­ing block.

I attach stamp straight tape across the stamp­ing blank right where I want the word to be. I use the top edge of the tape as a guide when plac­ing the let­ter stamp onto the stamp­ing blank. In this exam­ple, I used the Upper and Low­er­case 3mm Newsprint let­ter stamps.

Cen­ter­ing your words…

Tip: When stamp­ing three lines as I did in this exam­ple, I find it is best to stamp the mid­dle line first (3 hearts) then stamp the upper “GiGi” and lower words or names “Jemma”.

Tip: When metal stamp­ing it is impor­tant to hold the let­ter stamp straight up and down on the metal stamp­ing blank. If the let­ter stamp is held even slightly to the left, right front or back you will not get a nice even impres­sion from the let­ter stamp. You want the let­ter to be rest flat onto the stamp­ing blank and you can only achieve this when the let­ter stamp is straight up and down.

Tip: One strike with the ham­mer and you are done! Do NOT try to strike the same let­ter again as you risk get­ting a dou­ble stamped impression.

Okay, I think I’m done with the tips. When you’re ready to start stamp­ing your word you need to find the cen­ter of the word you are want­ing to stamp. For exam­ple, the cen­ter of  “GiGi” is between the “i” and “G”, so I stamped the low­er­case “i” just slightly to the left side of the hole in the stamp­ing blank. Then I stamped the upper­case “G” to the right of the low­er­case “i”. Your stamped let­ters should look like this, “iG”. Are you with me here?

Next, I stamped the upper­case “G” to the left of the low­er­case “i” pre­vi­ously stamped. Your stamped let­ters should look like this, “GiG” Then to fin­ish the word I stamped the low­er­case “i” to the right of the upper­case “G”. The word “GiGi” is now stamped.

Impres­sArt has the awe­some resource called “Metal Stamp Viewer” that allows you to see what your stamped blank will look like before you begin.

Fill­ing in the letters…

You can fill in the let­ters using a Sharpie pen and pol­ish­ing off the excess ink or apply a coat­ing of acrylic paint on top of the let­ters and wip­ing off the excess using a paper towel. I pre­fer using acrylic paint but both work well.

Cheers to Metal Stamping!

Lisa

 

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  • Mills and Mills

    bril­liant! you are an amaz­ing tal­ent, LMP! love you bunches!!

  • Kerry C. Mitchell

    What a dar­ling neck­lace. I checked out the site you linked to with the tools to do this. It looks like so much fun!

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