Do you want to get started stamping your own jewelry? We’ve put together some jewelry stamping tips and essential tools to get any beader started. Stamping looks much harder than it is; but it does require a lot of patience and practice!
- Stamping set
Vintaj 3mm Gothic Uppercase Stamp Set @ $24.95 and Beadsmith 3mm Calligraphic Uppercase Stamp Set @ $34.95 available in store with many other sizes and fonts.
- Steel bench block
Vintaj 4inx4in Bench Block @ $14.95 each available in store.
You can use the hammer in your tool box, that’s fine. We recommend an 8 oz. Vintaj Ball-Peen (@ $5.95 in store) to hammer out the blanks if necessary.
- Blanks Shop
We used a 3cmx3cm Vintaj square blank @ $1.50 each, a 3cmx1cm Vintaj rectangle blank @ $1.50 each, and a small brass round @ $0.25 each. All available in store while supplies last.
- Patina Shop
Gilders Paste in various colors @ $9.95 each available in store.
- Optional: Hole punch Shop
This is necessary if you are using blanks that do not come pre-punched.
- Lay out your materials and decide what words or phrase you will be stamping. Here, we are stamping “Practice Makes Perfect” with our initials “LB” at the bottom. Make sure that all the letters will fit on your blank!
- We are going to be making a guide on a piece of tape that can be placed on the blank and hold it down on the steel block. Check your stamps for the listed width and make a mark for each letter. We used 3mm stamps so there is a mark every 3mm. We also included a beginning and end mark so we know how long the word will be to center it on the blank.
- Tape the blank onto the bench block, adding additional tape if necessary.
- Line up the center of the stamp with one of the marks and gently slide it down to find the edge of the tape. Feeling for this edge will ensure that your letters are all on the same line. Holding the stamp firmly, hit it with one solid hit.
Do not hesitate and do not double tap. If you hit the stamp more than once, it will double stamp on your blank. Hesitation can also result in a double stamp as well as other problems (see step 6).
*Note: We used a set with all capital letters. If you are using a set with lower case letters, some letters have a descender such as “g” or “p”. In this case, stamp all of the letters without a descender first, then move the tape to the top of the letters, and stamp the remaining.
- As you are stamping, you may notice that your blank is beginning to bend or not lay flat. After each word, we gently hammered the blank flat using a ball-peen hammer. This must be done very gently so no marks are left on the blank. If you have a rawhide hammer or nylon hammer, those are much more gentle on the metal blanks.
- Continue with the remaining words for the blank until it is finished. You can see that even our letters are not entirely straight – you will always be a little off. You can see that on the “L” at the bottom, there was some hesitation which resulted in a letter that is shallower than the others.
- To make the words more prominent and easier to read, we suggest using a patina to darken them. You can use alcohol inks, gilder’s paste, or in a pinch – a sharpie! Here we used a sharpie to color in the letters.
- Clean off the patina and polish any other marks left (there will always be finger prints!).