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

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