I’ve been a fan of hand-stamped jewelry for a long time now. I think it’s such a beautiful way to display names or initials of loved ones. I wanted to give something special to my mother in law this year, and knew exactly what I wanted to make. To be honest… I was a little nervous trying to do this on my own, but a trip to Hobby Lobby made it very easy for me! They had everything that I needed and even a few tips!
I grabbed a set of steel letter stamps. I found these in the jewelry making section. I picked a fun font (angelina), but they had several to choose from. I used a 40% off coupon too! The initial cost is a little expensive if you are just planning on making one necklace, but if you use the stamps for more than one it will pay for itself! I also bought a steel block, some small metal blanks (mine already had links on them) and also some masking tape.
Since I am just starting out with stamping metal… I am only doing initials here. As I get more experience I will show you how to make whole words and such, but the simple initial… was so easy! I just laid the small metal blank on the steel pad (which had a towel under it) and taped it down. I made sure that the part I was stamping was exposed.
Next I took the stamp I wanted to use and carefully placed it on top of the metal blank. With a hammer and a steady hand I pounded the stamp 2 times per letter. You may be able to get away with one pound of the hammer, but mine needed two to get a good impression. Just make sure not to lift the stamp up at all until you are done hammering. Once the impressions are made use a sharpie or other black permanent marker to mark inside the letter. Rub off the excess ink with a damp paper towel. String the stamped jewelry on a chain and add a charm if you want.
It came out beautiful and my MIL loved it!
~I am writing this post in honor of my favorite hobby store: Hobby Lobby. I fully support their efforts to fight for freedom.~
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