October 6, 2011

Top Ten Tips to Becoming a Better Stamper!

Do you stamp on metal? I'll bet you do. And I will venture to say that you LOVE stamping on metal. (If you don't, just stick around. It will grow on you!)

I was doing some stamping the other day and while I am a pretty good stamper (in my humble opinion) I just have not PERFECTED my skills so my stamping is as good as it can be. Well, I took the advice that I give our customers and browsed our selection of online stamping resources here at Beaducation.com. Sometimes the answer you are looking for is no further than your own back yard.

Beginning Stamping Checklist

So since I like making lists and I like reading top ten lists, I thought I would share my findings with you.

10. Watch the FREE Stamping on Metal class. And if you have already watched it, watch it again. This is where it all begins. Lisa shares so many tips. It's great.

9. Get out your book and watch the DVD that comes with it. I'll bet you have the book and have been meaning to watch the DVD. There is a great bonus project on there that will get your creativity up and running.

8. Get your letter sets out and mark them with the corresponding letter. I can't tell you how many times I have used my stamp sets that aren't marked and stamp my letter upside down. Mark a dot with bright nail polish on the side of the stamp that is facing you. When it is dry, write the corresponding letter on it with a permanent marker.

7. Stamp on a stable surface. If your table has a little bit of wobble, it will show up in your finished pieces. And remember, no padding under your bench block.

6. Try a two pound brass head mallet for more intricate design stamps. Changed my life. It's a wonder what a heavier hammer can do.

5. Experiment with new techniques. I re-watched our FREE Stamped Metal Charms class and picked up some great tips. Tracy makes it easy to make charms from metal sheet.

4. Embrace the Tilt 'n Tap stamping method. Works great especially with larger design stamps.

3. Mix your stamping with the engraving tool. Watching Lisa's girls working with the engraver really gave me some new ideas.

2. Put the stamps that you rarely use into heavier rotation. I always gravitate towards the same three stamps (tiny star, tiny spiral and period stamps) and I have really been trying to mix it up lately.

1. Teach someone you know how to stamp. It really makes you go through the process step-by-step and it's fun to pass along a new skill. I taught my sister-in-law how to stamp this summer while we were camping and not only did she make some great things, I also realized how many good tips and tricks I knew and my stamping improved while we were making things together.

So that's it. My top tips to becoming a better stamper. I'd love it if you would share your tips in the comments. Now go forth and stamp!


Michelline Lafrance said...

Thank you for the chance to win the stamping tool set, Michelline Lafrance

Kathie said...

Love this infomration; watch videos all the time. Just purchased my sodering supplies and plan to make my best friend her b-day present and give it to her while visiting me on the 14th of October.

Kathie said...

Love the training videos. I am attempting to make my best friend her birthday present.

Michelline Lafrance said...

Great tips, Michelline Lafrance

blossom said...

Thanks for the tips. I look forward to stamping.

Kathie said...

Thanks I would love to win. I am getting more and more involved with Jewelry making.

Unknown said...

tip #8 is worth the price of admission all on its on! I've been meaning to mark my sets, but hadn't thought of the nail polish step, thanks!

Carina said...

It is always easier to understand these techniques when I see it on video. I was thrilled to see so many video demonstrations, including ones that answer customer's questions!

Mequita said...

bactraI love this blog. Great information and a chance to win the stamping set, too. Can't get better than that!

Anonymous said...

I'm new to stamping, and it seems eveytime I log on to Beaducation, I come across some tool I may need. I have found the power punch tool to be REALLY akward, but want the 5/32" hole, is there anything else that is easier to use to get that size hole? Also how do I know if I need a tumbler? I hope someone can answer these questions.