April 16, 2010

...and our winner this week is...(and the new contest is....)

The random number generator chose (drumroll, please!) commenter thetnpreacherswife.

She commented, "I use my peace sign constantly...if I could have any design on a stamp though...I would probably love a Chuck Taylor shoe :)"

Congrats! send an email to kate(at)beaducation(dot)com and we'll get that package right out to you.

Now...

May we present the "Stamped Ladder Bracelet". This project is featured in (you guessed it) Lisa's upcoming book. 

Cool, huh?

It features stamped sterling silver "ladders", crystal and sterling beads. It's all strung up into a showstopping cuff!


One lucky winner will receive a preview "booklet" that features this project as well as a fully loaded materials  kit, so you can make one of your very own! (Sorry, no tools included). This project has great tips & tricks to help along the way.
To be included in the drawing, leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite stamping (or jewelry making of any kind) tip or trick.

Have a fantastic weekend!!!!

45 comments:

krispix said...

oh, what a gorgeous bracelet! I would so love to win your contest, but am just starting out and don't have any tricks or tips, yet! Hoping to learn a lot from here :-)

Vivian Lane said...

My favorite stamping trick is to use tape to hold the blank in place while you're stamping! Totally simple, but stamping got a WHOLE lot easier once I tried it.

That bracelet is gorgeous!

Lisa said...

That's very cool! I am working on a variation using black coiled wire and black/white lampwork beads (took your wired cuff class at HOW a few years back)

Lisa

tremaker said...

My stamping/jewelry making tip: I get together with my best friends who also enjoy the craft and we have a ‘girls Funday.’ We teach each other our latest obsessions and all bring snacks & beverages to share!

Bee Inspired said...

One tip that was useful for me. I have some 'economy' stamps that don't have any markings to tell you how you should place your stamp and even though I thought I was being careful occasionally I would stamp one upside down. To stop that I laid all the stamps out so they were facing the right direction and put a drop of nail polish on them. Now when I use them if I can't see that dot of nail polish I know the letter won't be right.
Beautiful bracelet!

Natasha Vaughn, Designer said...

My favorite tip (right now) is using a hole punch to make designs in my blanks.

csbead52 said...

I like to use a pad of post-it notes to test out my stamps befroe using them...I have stamped soooo many things upside down. I also have a heavey electrical tape wraped around my stamps to get a better grip with my arthritic hands!! Love your web site-store-blogs, can't wait to get my hands on your book!!

Cathy F said...

Love this bracelet. I have also found that using tape to hold the blank in place is helpful.

Rebekah said...

I am new to stamping, so sorry no tricks or tips. But I did really like Vivian's trick to use tape to hold the blank in place. I've had my blanks slide around on me and thus scratched my blanks with my stamps.

noraolsen said...

I don't really have any tricks, but the best stamping purchase I ever made was the brass mallet. Really makes for a clean stamp.

ElisabethSpace said...

My tip of sorts: Chuck that old can of LOS chunks in favor of the LOS/patina gel on the market now. So much easier to us, plus the contents supposedly never go bad!

PaintinByFaith said...

This bracelet is beautiful! I like the tip on using tape - but I use it if I am trying to keep my letters lined up. I like my letters to be a little rick-rack usually but occasionally it is necessary to line them up & using the tape as a 'lip' to butt the stamp up to makes this a lot easier.

Lauren said...

Can't wait for the book! Best tip I have: make an "inspiration book" and create something from it once in a while. It pushes you creatively to find something new inside of you, creatively. Put interesting or challenging things (like a pic of a beautiful painting or a pile of tools or a lovely shade of blue) and give yourself an "assignment" to interpret that in your stuff. I always end up surprising myself that way :)

Laura Phillips said...

My tip is to make sure and spell your name/word out on a piece of paper then make a mark on the paper of where the middle should be. Then you stamp the middle first, then work out to the left and then work out to the right.

Sue said...

Love the ladders bracelet. My best tip ever is to use an index card, folded in half, as the bobbin for your thread and beads when you are making bead crochet. You can easily cut little slits in them and your work won't slip around.

Wired Women Designs said...

Those stampings look so deep and even in that tutorial! Just beautiful....

Brandie said...

Love the bracelet! I use the tape trick also to hold my blanks in place!

kinetic wings said...

I'm really new to stamping and jewelry making so I'd have to say that my favorite so far was the first necklace I made for my Mother. It has inspired me to make more. The creativity and uniqueness that those kinds of personal elements brings is truly beautiful.
Thanks for the opportunity.

Courtney G said...

My tip would definitely be to start the name in the middle and work your way out. I have run out of space on my design so many times until I finally started doing this. Seems obvious, but it makes a big difference for me.

Jane Haag said...

My favorite stamping tip? Use a metallic paint pen to mark on the side of your stamp where the letter actually is on the bottom of the stamp. That way you can see where to place it when stamping. No more problems with off center characters!!

Christine said...

Count the letters in the word and find the middle letter, stamp from the middle out. Makes word placement so much simpler.
Gorgeous bracelet!

hjmclaughlin said...

Wow..love the website. I am a beginner and found your video on making loops so much easier than other methods.

Sharon said...

I use tape to hold down my blanks too!

Since that tip has been shared, another thing I do is use whatever shape I'm going to be stamping to trace it on a piece of paper, and pencil sketch my design on it - I've found it's especially useful when using letter stamps, so I can have the placement all set & even on all sides.

Inspired Jewelry said...

I would have to say also, starting in the middle of the piece to writeout name!!

claire said...

When stamping washers, I don't make a hole until after I stamp the words, then I am able to make the hole exactly between where the words begin and end:)

Mary said...

This bracelet is really fun!
My tip is to use a folded towel on the table under my block. I get less bounce and it absorbs some of the sound as well. I put a tiny sharpy mark in the center to help me center my project and polish it off later. I also use the tape and count the letters.

earthyelegance said...

Love love love this bracelet! I like to use my alphabet stamps also to make a design on my blank disc not just to spell words!

Designs by Leslie said...

Oooh, new book from Lisa, can't wait! Tip, try making Lisa's tornado beads with different gauge wires - very cool results.

Amy B. said...

This is a gorgeous piece!
Can't wait for the book....

Lately, I've discovered the patina gel versus the chunk liver of sulfer. It doesn't "go bad" and works great !!

Sandi Volpe said...

Great bracelet. Best tip is marking the round nose pliers with a fine sharpie to get consistent loops.

Anonymous said...

2day2morrow

Great bracelet. Looking forward to the book. See you at the Bead and Button show!

Kalen said...

Very cute! Looking forward to being able to make one in the future! I'm just getting started with stamping, so I'm learning the tricks of the trade as I go along. I can't wait for the book to come out!

Renee Redding said...

I Love the bracelet. I would say my best tip is for fusing. Always have the opening of your rings laying in the same direction say at 12 o'clock or 6 o'clock so when you are fusing the rings closed you always know where the ring will fuse shut.

Sissy and Jack's said...

I use double sided tape or rubber cement on the steel block before stamping.
I also put a little bit of painters tape on the hole punch pliers so they don't make a marke when putting a hole on the discs.

Stacy
Sissy and Jack's

ashley saunders said...

My favorite tip is using a sharpie to draw a straight line to follow with my stamps and then polishing it right off when the stamping is done! It makes everything line up so much easier!

Bob and Chris Elser said...

Fabulous bracelet! My favorite jewely tip is putting a Sharpie mark on a piece of metal before you anneal it. When the mark is gone, you know it's gotten hot enough.

Sheila Vandermark said...

I am new to stamping so I don't have a lot of tools , so I will experiment with hammeing a screw on metal to give texture or I use some of my husbands tools .when you hammer the end you get little circles etc, he seems to have some basic tools then will create texture. Its fun to experiment.

Jodi E said...

What a fantastic bracelet project!! You have the ideas rolling in my head on different ways to make this bracelet...can't wait to try it. You guys are really an inspiring bunch - Thanks

Anonymous said...

I love, love, love this project!!! I can't wait for the book to be out! Angelia79424@yahoo.com

sandi m said...

I always loved that bracelet - now we'll have the instructions!

My tip - definitely taping down your blank before smacking it.

Nickie A. said...

My favorite tip is to use the uppercase letter I stamp to create new designs. I can create a comma, plus sign, or apostrophe by holding it at different angles.

stephanieo said...

i'm pretty new to stamping, so i do not have too many tricks. the best tips and tricks i have used so far are taping the blank down so it does not move when stamping and spelling out the words on a piece of paper first. seems silly, but i learned the hard way!! :) can't wait for the book!!

angie said...

invest is good quality tools! they may cost a little more but they are well worth your investment.

Alice said...

Wow, what a stunning bracelet! I am still at the stringing level, and I love to use crimp beads to cover the crimp tubes. They finish the piece so nicely, and now you can find them in many metal types. My tip is to use the front rounded notch in your crimping pliers to close the crimp cove--leaving no tool marks that flat pliers sometimes will do.

Laurie said...

My favorite stamping trick is to get my husband to do the stamping. He is so much better at it than I am so, I come up with the ideas and he stamps them.
He really took off during the holiday season and couldn't stop stamping!

LRandazz