October 21, 2010

Letter sets, stamping blanks and how to measure them.

We get a lot of questions about letter sets and stamping blanks. How do millimeters and inches compare? Just how big is 13/64ths? How can I tell what size letters and blanks to use?

Fret over figuring out measurements NO MORE! Beaducation has the tools to help you decide what letters and blanks are right for you.

We'll get to those in a moment. Our first piece of stamping advice is like answering the old question "How do you get to Carnegie Hall?"

We say, "Practice."

Let that be your starting point. The best way to to get great looking results is to pick up the stamps and hammer and practice, practice, practice.

The first thing we do when we get a new stamp is a test sample. We use the 1lb and 2lb brass mallets and 24 gauge copper sheet.

 ...and we stamp. Think of it like this. You wouldn't send a pitcher into the ballgame without first having him warm up in the bullpen. Think about this part as your bullpen warm up.

After you and your stamps are prepared, you are ready to step up to the plate and stamp on your selected piece. This is when understanding the sizes of our stamping blanks comes in handy.

We have made a chart just for this purpose. You can download the full size version here. It's a great visual reference for the blanks.

Now it's time to think about letter sets. Did you know we carry over 30 different styles of letter stamp sets?  That's a lot to choose from.

To make it easier for you to understand the sizes of letter stamps, we've made this super-informative product video.

Lisa shows you how millimeters and inches relate to the letters and how many letters you can get on your blanks. Since she literally "wrote the book" on metal stamping, she knows what she is talking about.

Need more help understanding the conversion of millimeters to inches? You might also want to add a millimeter gauge to your tool box. It's a handy tool and really helps.

Good luck!

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