SKILL LEVEL : Intermediate
Show your furry friend how much you love them by hand stamping he/she a custom collar ID tag. They will love it so much and you will too, knowing that they are safe...and bonus, promoting your hand stamping skills to all the other dog moms and dads at the park!
Place 3/4" circle blank on stamping block. Adhere a straight stamp guide on the blank. Use the guidelines to evenly space out letters and align stamp impressions.
TIP: Use stamp tape to secure the circle blank to the stamping block so it doesn't move while stamping.
TIP: Write desired message directly onto the stamp guide and utilize the guideline marks for spacing.
Place stamp on blank. Lightly drag stamp towards the guide until the stamp catches the edge of the guide. Hold stamp flat and firmly in place by anchoring the side of your hand on workspace. Then strike the stamp once with medium force using Metal Stamping Hammer. Repeat to complete desired name. Remove stamp guide.
TIP: If the stamp has an ImpressArt logo, make sure it is facing you so that the impression is stamped in the correct direction.
TIP: Slightly tilt the stamp away from you while dragging the stamp towards the guide. Make sure you hold the stamp flat and firmly in place before striking the stamp.
Further personalize circle blank by stamping design stamps of your choice. Set circle blank aside.
TIP: Use the Tilt & Tap technique to stamp 6mm and larger stamps, or stamps with more details. While applying pressure to the stamp, strike once with medium force. Then without lifting stamp, continue to strike while very slightly tilting the stamp in a circular motion to catch all sides of the design.
Place 1” circle blank on stamping block. Adhere a medium circle stamp guide along the top of the blank. Stamp phone number using the same stamping technique in Step 2. Turn the stamping block while working to ensure that the stamp is facing the correct direction. Make sure to center any hyphens between select number groupings.
Highlight impressions with Stamp Enamel. Wait 3-5 minutes and then wipe away the excess enamel from the surface of the blanks.
Use the tips of two chain nose pliers to grasp the sides of a jump ring, with the opening of the jump ring facing up between the two pliers. Laterally twist each side of the jump ring in opposite directions to open the ring. Slide blanks, in size order, onto jump ring making sure that the stamped sides of the blanks are facing the same direction. Then place split key ring onto the opened ring. Laterally twist the jump ring back with tension to close.
NOTE: Do NOT pull outwards on the jump ring as it will weaken the metal and distort the circular shape of the ring.
Attach stamped pet id tag to pet collar.
YOU WILL ALSO NEED
New to metal stamping or need a refresher? Go back to the basics with ImpressArt’s Basic Metal Stamping tips & tricks.
Stamping on a Curve: Learn how to stamp evenly around curves using circle stamp guides.
Make impressions stand out and easier to read by darkening them with stamp enamel.
Use the Tilt & Tap technique to stamp 6mm and larger stamps, or stamps with more details.
Learn how to properly open and close jump rings.