Metal stamped jewelry has become a favorite way to display meaningful words and letters and even dates. It’s quite expensive to purchase a customized piece of jewelry, but did you know how inexpensive it is to make one on your own? It really is! The other myth with stamping jewelry is that it’s difficult to make– that couldn’t be more wrong! Sure, it may take one or two tries to get the look you’re going for, but if you really take it slow and follow these tips, you’ll have a perfect piece of jewelry! And it’s handmade, imperfections are what make these items one-of-a-kind.
This necklace was my first try at metal stamping and needless to say the hearts were a mess up, but they look pretty intentional don’t they? It turned out so pretty and it was even more than fun to see that I could actually make something that looked professional in less than 10 minutes!
Tools & Supplies
DIY Metal Stamped Necklace
- First set up your workstation by gathering all your supplies and head for a sturdy table or worksurface. Place your metal blank on the steel block and tape to secure. My metal block is only 2″ x 2″ and has rubber feet to absorb some of the noise.
- Place stamp on your metal blank holding with three fingers and your thumb. Be sure to secure the location of the stamp by gently pressing downward while holding the stamp. Make sure the stamp is straight up and down to avoid partial stamps.
- Use the hammer to hit the top of the stamp securely one or two times.
- Lift stamp and continue stamping until piece is completely stamped.
- Now use the black Sharpie marker to color over the stamps, making sure to get into the grooves. It’s just fine if you get on top of the blank.
- Use the polish cloth to buff off and shine the metal and viola, a beautiful piece of jewelry!
- Attach the blank and jump ring to the necklace chain. Make sure the clasp is on the right side if you were wearing the necklace.
Stamps & Blanks
- Stamp sets are relatively cheap to purchase. I got mine at Hobby Lobby for about $12 using a coupon, but Amazon has this Serif one that has more stamps for the same price.
- Thicker metals stamp better. Copper and aluminum are cheaper and are great for beginners. Once you get the feel, move on up to sterling silver.
- In addition, I got the adorable whimsy heart design stamp. There are hundreds of designs out there, I think my next purchase will be this cute pineapple stamp.
- The 3mm size is perfect for jewelry metal stamping. Double check that your set has the ampersand stamp if you want it, some of the cheaper sets don’t come with it.
- Different stamp sets and different types of stamping metal require more or less force, so try out a piece before making the real thing.
Steel Block & Hammer
- Get a steel block with rubber feet for sound absorption.
- Using a hammer is fine, you can also get a brass hammer for jewelry making.