Jewelry Stamping For Beginners

March 27th, 2013

Hand stamping jewelry is a new craze in the artsy world. Jewelry stamping is the process of taking blank metal and stamping letters onto the metal forming words. Jewelry that’s been hand stamped has an organic charm that is unlike any other jewelry.

Most commonly, people are familiar with hand stamped military tags for soldier identification. But now, people are hand stamping all kinds of jewelry. To start, you’ll want flat, smooth metal. As time goes on, you’ll get more comfortable and will be able to stamp on bangles, rings and textured metal.

Sterling silver is a very common metal for jewelry stamping. The finished product will look amazing and be one of a kind. Let us note, this does take practice and patience, but the end result is well worth it!

If you’ve ever read anything about jewelry stamping, you might find yourself overwhelmed with the many products and supplies available. For beginners, you don’t need everything you see on the market.

Getting your feet wet and getting a grasp on the basics of jewelry stamping, we’ve compiled a list of tools first-timers will want to stock up on. You can purchase metal stamping kits, but you might not use each tool in the kit. Plus, many of the tools can be found at local craft suppliers.

First tool rule of thumb: heavier is easier. To make a recognizable impression on the metal, opt for purchasing a heavy hammer or two pound mallet 2.  Steel bench block 3.  Stamp set with letters 4.  Masking tape, ruler and pencil for lining up the letters 5.  Liver of Sulfur to darken lettering 6.  Polishing cloth 7.  Metal blanks for practicing!

We carry a large array of affordable sterling silver jewelry pieces that are ideal for hand stamping. Our metal is of .925 sterling silver, which is very strong and resilient to uphold lettering and designs. Feel free to contact us with any questions about our products. Happy stamping!

 

Source – http://www.halsteadbead.com/blog/2011/10/05/5-tips-for-making-hand-stamped-jewelry/ and http://happyhourprojects.com/jewelry-stamping/

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