Tutorial: Stamped Mother’s Necklace

by Sam

in Tutorials

I wanted to create a meaningful necklace for a friend of mine who has a birthday coming up.  I created this charm necklace for her using the initials of everyone in her family.

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.

Tools:

1/8″ Metal Alphabet Stamps
Steel Bench Block
Hammer
Jewelry Pliers
Black Marker
Jewelry Polishing Cloth
Painter’s Tape

Materials:

Heart Charms (as many initials as you need, mine are from Fusion Beads)
Sterling Elegance 6mm Jump Rings
Heart Head Pin by Sterling Elegance (found at Michael’s)
Crystal Bead
18″ Chain

Instructions:

To start, tape your first charm to your bench block using painter’s tape.  I find that this makes it easier to keep the charm steady when stamping.

Next, determine the placement of your stamp.  If you place the stamp over the charm you will be able to see the reflection of the stamp in the metal.

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.

Be sure to stamp on the same side of each charm since these hearts are not symmetrical.  Once you have stamped each of your charms you will need to color them in.

To make the letters stand out, I use a black Sharpie to color in the imprint.

Once the letter is colored, wipe off the excess with a polishing cloth.  Color in all of your letters and attach jump rings to each of the charms.

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.

Insert the beaded charm and the heart charms onto the chain.

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