SKILL LEVEL : Advanced
Show off your boho-chic style through playful hand-stamped patterns inspired by the deserts of the Southwest. A bold, vibrant tassel complements the earth-tone metals and creates a fun, festive look!
Center the pattern grid over the 1 1/2” circle blank to secure it to the stamping block.
Start mandala pattern from the center using the lines and circles marks as guides to assist with spacing. Hold design stamps flat and firmly in place by anchoring the side of your hand on workspace. Then strike stamp once with medium force using Metal Stamping Hammer.
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.
Continue stamping to the outside edge of the blank, turning the stamping block while working to complete the circular pattern. This will ensure that the stamp is facing the correct direction. Remove the pattern grid.
Highlight impressions with Stamp Enamel. Wait 3-5 minutes and then wipe away the excess enamel from the surface of the blanks.
Use the 1/16” punch of the Two Hole Screw Down Hole Punch to pierce three holes in the stamping blank – Top Left, Top Right, and Bottom Center. Simply turn the handle of the screw down punch until the punch pierces through the stamping blank. Twist the handle of the screw down punch in the opposite direction to raise the punch and remove blank.
TIP: Make sure not to screw the punch down too much as this will mar the surface of the blank and leave an unwanted impression of the base of the screw.
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 the bottom of the blank and the pre-made tassel charm onto the jump ring. Laterally twist the jump ring back with tension to close.
Use flush cutters to cut the 30-inch premade chain in half.
Attach the chain to the top left and top right of the blank using the same technique as in Step 6.
Close clasp to complete the necklace.
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New to metal stamping or need a refresher? Go back to the basics with ImpressArt’s Basic Metal Stamping tips & tricks.
Learn how to create intricate patterns with pattern grid stamp guides.
Use the Tilt & Tap technique to stamp 6mm and larger stamps, or stamps with more details.
Make impressions stand out and easier to read by darkening them with stamp enamel.
Learn how to properly open and close jump rings.
Punch clean, crisp holes in stamping blanks for jump rings and other findings.