DIY: Stamped Name Necklace + Tips

I have never talked about metal-stamping in this blog - not in the 3 years I've been writing. But with the increased popularity of personalized jewelry, I just had to jump in on the fun! Don't get me wrong - I love the idea of metal-stamping (I adore metalworking in general), I just couldn't invest in a set of metal-stamping tools until now (little did I realize it's not really that much of an investment for a basic set). So I practiced, made a lot of mistakes but finally got what works for me! See how I made this simple necklace!


Supplies:
Basic hammer
Bench block
1/8" letter stamps
21 mm Metal stamping blank
Sharpie
Alcohol & Buffing pad
Painter's tape
Jewelry chain
Charm (optional)


Start with your supplies. Pictured above is what I used (sharpie, alcohol and jewelry chains not pictured). Notice you don't really need a special hammer for metal stamping! I got this one at Dollarama for just $3. I like that it's cheap to replace when it gets lots of dings (which I sadly have on my ball peen hammer for metal hammering...). And trust me, it will get dings. To flatten out the metal after stamping though, you will need a rubber mallet.

I got my silver blanks from Panda Hall. There's a lot to choose from, and they're pretty inexpensive.


Use painter's tape to hold down your stamping blank. Use two to three layers of painter's tape so your stamp will 'catch' onto the tape, aligning your letters properly. It's important to have a stable table surface when metal stamping, otherwise your stamps will bounce and leave a double impression (totally not speaking from experience here - DO NOT ATTEMPT TO STAMP ON A CARPETED FLOOR).





Mark out where you want your letters to go on the painter's tape. This is specially important for spacing.


And stamp! Start with your middle letters, working your way until you complete the word. Stamping does take some practice so don't get frustrated when it doesn't come out right the first (or fifth) time. You may want to use some practice blanks first before stamping onto an expensive piece. For my metal stamps, I used 2-3 whacks of the hammer to get the impression I wanted.

If the blank is warped after stamping, flip it over and whack it gently with a rubber mallet. If the piece doesn't scratch easily, you can also whack it with an upside down water bottle (filled with water) gently.


Highlight your letters with a Sharpie, and wipe down with a alcohol-dabbed polishing pad to take out the excess ink.


Now all you need to do is attach a jump ring onto it and then attach it to a jewelry chain! You can also add charms to personalize the necklace even more - add your giftee's favorite thing!

Name necklaces not your thing? You can also use these to make giftable wine charms, bracelets, anklets and maybe even earrings!


I still have a long way to go with stamping - but I definitely enjoy it and will be doing it more once I get more blanks. Have you tried metal-stamping?

4 comments

  1. Love this - can't wait to try this one out!

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  2. You make it look so easy - I'm going to have to try it!

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    1. It is once you get the hang of it! Have fun :3

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