January 16, 2017

How to Stamp Metal & Make a Necklace - Step by Step Tutorial

Welcome to the wonderful world of stamping on metal! We are so excited that you are here! Below are a list of the tools you will need to start metal stamping as well as a step by step tutorial on how to metal stamp. We recommend watching the video for more detailed instruction and tips.

Step 1: Prep
Set yourself up for success by clearing off an area to work and make sure you have the tools you need to work on your metal stamping project.

Tools and Materials
Hammer, 1 or 2 lb Brass Hammer
Steel Bench Block, a larger bench block is much easier to work with
Hole Punch Pliers
Metal Letter or Design Stamps
Metal Blanks for Stamping
SharpieLiver of Sulfur, Enamel
Pro Polish Pad or Fine Steel Wool and a Polishing Cloth
Tape, we like painters tape or any tape that has a bit of thickness to it
Jump Rings
Chain

Step 2: Practice Stamping
We recommend practicing on a 24 gauge copper sheet. Be sure your bench block is on a flat surface. 

Choose your metal stamp and place it on the copper sheet. Make sure the stamp is facing the right direction and standing straight up. 

How to Stamp on Metal to Make a Necklace - Step 2: Practice Stamping

Hold the stamp on the mid to low portion of the stamp to better stabilize it and press it slightly into the metal. 

Let the weight of the head do most of the work holding the hammer about midway. Use your hammer to strike the stamp once.

How to Stamp on Metal to Make a Necklace - Step 2: Practice Stamping


Step 3: Line Up Your Stamps
One way to line up your stamps nicely is to use tape. You can gently slide your stamp until you feel the bottom of the letter catch the top edge of the tape

How to Stamp on Metal to Make a Necklace - Step 3: Line Up Your Stamps

Step 4: Planning Out Your Project
We are going to make a necklace for Anabelle. An easy way to plan out your stamping project is to trace your blank on a heavier card stock. Put that card stock on a magazine, or just flat on your work table (not on your bench block), and you can actually stamp an impression on the paper to see where your letters will land.

How to Stamp on Metal to Make a Necklace - Step 4: Planning Out Your Stamping Project

Step 5: Placement Planning
So you have your idea and you know what blank will work best, now it's time for placement. We recommend writing out the word(s) as spelling backwards can get a bit tricky. We will start from the center and work our way to the right. Then back to the center and work our way out to the left.

Use a ruler to find your center and a sharpie to mark it. Tape down your blank and get your stamp ready!

How to Stamp on Metal to Make a Necklace - Step 5: Placement Planning

How to Stamp on Metal to Make a Necklace - Step 5: Placement Planning

Step 6: Stamping
Go ahead and stamp it out.

TIP: When stamping lower case letters that hang low like a "j" or a "y", you will need to drop those letters down a bit too so they line up nicely.

How to Stamp on Metal to Make a Necklace - Step 6: Stamping

Step 7: Add a Design Stamp
Now we add a design stamp, we've chosen the tiara metal design stamp here and added a heart too!

How to Stamp on Metal to Make a Necklace - Step 7: Add a Design Stamp

Step 8: Make a Hole
Since we are making a necklace we will need a hole in our blank. We've already marked the center when we were centering our letters so we know where to punch the hole.

How to Stamp on Metal to Make a Necklace - Step 8: Make a Hole

TIP: You may notice the little bit of white paper on the hole punch pliers. Add a bit of card stock to your pliers to help avoid marring your metal as sometimes the pliers can scratch your metal.

How to Stamp on Metal to Make a Necklace - Step 8: Make a Hole

You can hold your hole punch pliers lightly in place while you gently turn your blank to make sure it's placed exactly where you want it before you punch.

Step 8: Make Your Impressions Stand Out
After making your hole, fill in the stamped area with Sharpie. You can also use Liver or Sulfur or Enamel but this is the quick and easy way plus you have all the color options with Sharpie too!

How to Stamp on Metal to Make a Necklace - Step 8: Make Your Impressions Stand Out

Step 9: Polish Up Your Piece
This is the fun part because you get to see the fruits of your labor! We recommend the Pro Polish Pads because they are quick, easy and do a great job polishing but you can also use super fine steel wool followed up with a polishing cloth to get the same effect.

How to Stamp on Metal to Make a Necklace - Step 9: Polish Up Your Piece

How to Stamp on Metal to Make a Necklace - Step 9: Polish Up Your Piece

Step 10: Add a Jump Ring
We've used an oval jump ring here because the way it sits, we are less likely to lose the stamped piece if the gap gets slightly pulled opened. Learn how to work with Jump Rings here.

How to Stamp on Metal to Make a Necklace - Step 10: Add a Jump Ring

And finally, here is my necklace for Anabelle. A personalized gift that can take about 15 min. to make.

How to Stamp on Metal to Make a Necklace - Step 10: Add a Jump Ring

We have two kits available to help you get started!

The only other item you will need:

1lb Brass Head Mallet or a 1 lb household hammer. We opted not to include one in the kit because some folks already have one.

Metal Stamping Starter Kit
Included in our Luxury Stamping on Metal Starter Kit:
Pair your new kit with some of our Design Stamps!

Luxury Metal Stamping Starter Kit with Uppercase Letter Stamp Set

Stamping tools can be purchased separately and are below. If you have only a few minutes, check out this quick and easy 5 Minute Metal Stamping Tutorial and revisit this blog post if you like.

Metal Stamping Tools - 1lb. Brass Hammer  Metal Stamping Tools - 2lb. Brass Hammer
Metal Stamping Tools - Bench BlockMetal Stamping Tools - Hole Punch Pliers
Find our Beaducation Originals here.
Find our newest stamps here.
How to Stamp on Metal - Letter Stamp SetHow to Stamp on Metal - Metal Design Stamps
 How to Stamp on Metal - Industrial Sharpie MarkerHow to Stamp on Metal - Liver of Sulfur
How to Stamp on Metal - Stamping TapeHow to Stamp on Metal - Pro Polish Pads

January 10, 2017

Pliers for Jewelry Making & How to Use Them

It's a crazy world out here with so many plier options so we thought we would break it down for ya. If you already have an idea of the plier(s) you might be interested in, click below for a video on how to use it. Otherwise continue on for some help in which pliers can help you best with your jewelry making project.



Cutting jump rings is easy...when you have Coil Cutting Pliers
Ever need just a few jump rings but have trouble making perfect cuts? Use the Coil Cutting Plier and the jewelers saw and soon you will be making jump rings with ease.

This unique tool holds wire coils so that they can be efficiently cut into jump rings. Made of stainless steel, the Coil Cutting Pliers feature a jaw which firmly but gently grasps coils ranging from 4.5-9.0mm outside diameter. There is a slit in the jaws which allow the user to quickly cut multiple jump rings with a jewelers saw. Pliers are box-jointed with pvc comfort grips, and 7" long.





This is a great tool if you just need to cut a small pile of jump rings. I found it very easy and comfortable to use. The pin at the bottom is for bracing the pliers on your work table or for inserting into your Bench Pin for stabilization.


Coil Cutting Pliers - Jewelry Making Supplies at Beaducation
Let's crimp...with Crimping Pliers!
Now you can crimp medium size (2mm-3mm) crimp beads of various shapes quickly and easily! These crimping pliers have two forming cavities for round, tube and combination crimps of slightly varying sizes. Made with a comfortable ergonomic handle.


Crimping Pliers for Jewelry Making - Tools & Supplies
Crimping Pliers
How to Use Crimping Pliers for Jewelry Making - Tools & Supplies How to Use Crimping Pliers for Jewelry Making - Tools & Supplies


No dapping tools or hammers needed when you have a pair of Dimple Pliers handy.
Gently squeeze to create dimples. It's that easy!

Hooked Jaw Dimple Pliers in 1mm and 3mm 
  • Gently squeeze to create dimples
  • Suggested on soft metal up to 24g thickness
  • No dapping tools or hammers needed
  • Create a scalloped edge or decorative shape
Dimple Pliers, 1mm
Dimple Pliers 3mm
 


Make holes with ease with a Hole Punch Plier!
Easy to use and so handy there isn't too much to say other than the hole punch plier is a must-have tool. 


 

 
 

Nylon Jaw Bending Pliers are super cool!
This tool is so very super cool. It really takes away the need to have a Steel Round Bracelet Mandrel which is really heavy and expensive.

With a gentle arc for bracelets, the nylon jaws of these pliers prevent marring. Makes shaping and reshaping bracelets easy. Just squeeze, squeeze, squeeze along your metal to form a perfectly arched circle to then be form fitted to your wrist. 
  • Nylon jaws to prevent marring your metal.
  • Plastic dipped handles.
  • Sturdy box-joint.

We offer Replacement Jaws for these pliers. Check out our full line of Nylon Jaw Pliers.
Woooweee, big holes in everything with our Power Punch Plier!
We have been having fun with this tool.  This tool also has a side gauge for depth adjustment up to 2 inches. 

This Power Punch has a specially designed compound action and seven hardened cutting dies to punch through thick metal with ease.  

You can punch through metals up to 16 gauge in thickness.  Comes in lightweight carrying case with handle.  Each punch and die is individually marked with size for ease and accuracy.  


To change the punches in this tool, you need to swap out both the punch and the die.  To change out the die, simply unscrew it.  To change out the punch, use the included key to unscrew the screw on the lower throated handle, and slide out the punch.  Make sure the punch and the die are the same size.  Please wear safety glasses when using this tool.

Seven popular sizes in one plier 3/32" (.094", 2.38mm), 1/8"(.125", 3.17mm), 5/32" (.156", 3.96), 3/16" (.188", 4.78mm) , 7/32" (.219", 5.56mm), 1/4" (.25", 6.35mm), 9/32" (.281", 7.14mm).


Power Punch Plier
 

Solder Cutting Pliers for, well, cutting solder wire.
To cut perfectly sized lengths of wire for soldering, insert the wire into the hole on the side of the pliers so it lays all the way across the gap in the head. You will be able to see the wire through the opening. Then simply clip and tilt the tool and your perfect length of wire will fall out.

After cutting your solder wire, make sure and keep each type separate. Use a small ziplock baggie or little box to keep them sorted. The last thing that you want to do is mix your easy, medium and hard solders!

Solder Cutting Pliers
Wrap, tap, loop (and do a little happy dance) with Stepped Round Nose Pliers
Lisa shows how to make perfect loops every time. Great for shaping earwires, loops or chain links. Want to watch Lisa Niven Kelly demonstrate how to use Stepped Round Nose PliersClick here!

These handy pliers are great for making perfectly sized loops, coils or jump rings.
  • 6 different loop size options (3 on each jaw); 2mm, 2.5mm, 3.5mm, 5mm, 7mm, and 8mm.
  • Made from stainless steel.
This tool can shape rings, toggle clasps, ear wires and more. These pliers are especially good for looping half round wire or stock that has a pattern. 
  • Cushion grips.
  • Made of stainless steel.
  • Medium: The barrel sizes are 5mm, 7mm and 10mm.
  • Large: The barrel sizes are 13mm, 16mm and 20mm.

 



I am digging these pliers Medium and Large Wrap and Tap Pliers. No longer do I have to search for the right diameter mandrel to wrap my wire around. I use these mostly to make the hook on an ear wire (the part that goes through your ear) or to make the circle side of a toggle clasp.

Coiling Pliers for making loops, coils and pretty things.
Make loops and coils without nicking precious wire. Normal concave/convex pliers nick, but the Coiling Pliers allows you to hold the wire with the flat jaw while rotating the round jaw to form the perfect loop.
  • Comfort grips.
  • Non-rust, highly polished stainless steel jaws and standard step-jaw for consistent loops and coils.
  • The stepped jaws on these pliers are 5.5mm, 3.5mm and 2mm.
Do you ever need to whip out a quick coil to use as a bead or to cut up into jump rings? It's hard to get a perfect one on your round nose pliers because they are tapered. These pliers have a stepped jaw so you can stay on any given step to make a perfect and consistent coil. 

Just make sure that the tip of the first loop in your coil is pointed towards the tip of the tool. Then, as you feed the wire on, the coil will grow off of that initial coil, and you can keep it cranking as long as you want!

Coiling Pliers

So there you have it, nine different kinds of pliers, each with it's own unique style to help you create awesome jewelry and diy projects. And as you know, we would LOVE to see what you create so tag us! #beaducation

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