So you've seen those really neat necklaces and bracelets and rings on etsy, right? The ones that are personalized and stamped in sterling silver and cost lots and lots of dollars?
I LOVED the idea of making my own mother's bracelet that fit my style, and I knew this is exactly how I wanted to do it so I started researching. Stamping on Silver isn't that difficult, really, once you get the hang of it and once you know where to by the right supplies. Here's a breakdown.
You will need:
1. Stamping block. This is a small piece of steel that is approximately 1 inch thick and serves and a flat surface to lay your project on while you stamp.
2. Metal stamps. You can buy these at any craft store, I've found anyway, but there are endless options online. My favorite place to purchase them right now is www.beaducation.com. She has a great supply, tons of things to choose from, and her silver blanks are of very high quality.
4. Patina. This is what colors the indentations so you can see them on your finished project. Sharpie makes a permanent metal marker that works great on bracelet and necklace rounds. For rings, you'll want to buy something like Silver Black or Liver of Sulpher- or Vintaj makes a patina that also works nicely. You rub it on and then polish off the excess.
5. A jewelry hammer. These have a fairly large head and smaller handles. They are great for small hands. The hammer I have been using is 8 oz. For bigger stamps, you'll want to use a 2lb hammer for optimal results.
6. Patience. Seriously, the first few times I stamped, I couldn't get it straight or deep enough.
7. Anything you want to finish it off with. I use Swarovski crystals, headpins, and other embellishments.
I am headed now to film a how-to on this topic, and will post pictures and video as soon as they are done. Check back soon for more details!