- 3MM Metal Stamp Set (this is my favorite)
- Steel Stamping Block
- Small Hammer
- Jewelry Blanks (I got mine here and here)
- ImpressArt Stamp Enamel or Stamp Enamel Marker
- Bending Pliers (optional)
- Paper Towel
- Wax Cord (color pack here or just black)
STEP 1: Place Steel Stamping Block on a sturdy table. Do not place on any fragile surfaces (i.e. glass, etc.). Get your hammer, tape, blanks, and stamp set ready. It's not necessary, but I tape down my blanks before I stamp them.
You can also do a piece of tape across the bottom to help with keeping your stamping straight.
STEP 2: When stamping I usually start with the center letter to get the spacing right. You want to hold the stamp like the picture below, thumb on one side, your other four fingers on the other side, firmly down on the surface. Using the hammer, you want to forcefully strike on the very top of the stamp. Try to get it with one or two strikes so your stamp doesn't jump around on the surface.
Repeat with all the other letters that are in the word you are stamping.
STEP 3: After you're done stamping we put black ink in the letters to make it stand out more. You can either use the enamel paint or the enamel pen. Both are applied the same, in this tutorial we are using the paint.
You can apply it with a paper towel, here, I use a q-tip and paper towel. I apply the paint with the q-tip pushing the ink into the letters, then rub off quickly with a paper towel, the ink will remain the letters. If you are using the pen, simply rub the pen over the letters and wipe off with the paper towel.
STEP 4: I then bend the blank to be arched a little bit. This step is optional, you can leave it straight as well. Using the Bending Pliers, I bend it in the middle and then on each side creating a soft arch.
STEP 5: Now it's time to add the cords. Measure out two pieces of 12" cord, whatever color you choose. Fold in half, push the folded side through the hole from the top, pull the two loose ends through the folded loop (see picture).
Pull the loose ends through and tight. repeat on the other side and....
WAH-LA!! You got your self a bracelet!
There are a ton of different blanks at craft stores ready for you to stamp on and get creative. It's really quite amazing the things you can do once you learn this technique. I hope you have the most fun with this!
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