In this tutorial you will learn how to stamp on metal to create a simple charm necklace. Whether you are new to metal stamping or you have been stamping for years, this project is a quick and easy gift for you to keep or give to someone you love.
To stamp, hold the stamp with your non-dominant hand and your hammer with your other. Place the stamp and hold it perpendicular to the charm. Hit with the hammer quickly and swiftly. I will sometimes hit it more than once, which works well, but be sure not to lose contact with the charm or move the stamp or you will get a double impression. This takes some practice. You may want to practice on a scrap piece of sheet metal first.
To create the beaded charm, string the crystal bead onto the headpin. Bend the headpin at a 90 degree angle, leaving a small length above the bead. Create a loop big enough to slide onto your chain and wrap the rest of the pin around above the bead. This works best when you hold the loop with one pair of pliers and wrap with the other.
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