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Making Spirits Bright

SKILL LEVEL : Intermediate

The holidays are upon us and that means lots & lots of parties with family & friends. Make sure your party guests never lose track of their refreshments by hand stamping fun, festive drink charm markers for each of their glasses.

Happy Holidays!

Step 1

Place circle stamping blank on stamping block. Secure straight stamp guide on blank. Use guide marks to evenly space out letters and align stamp impressions.

TIP: Use stamp tape to secure the stamping 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.

Step 2

Place stamp on blank, above the corresponding mark on the stamp guide. Lightly drag stamp towards the guide until the stamp catches the edge of the guide. Strike the stamp once with medium force using Metal Stamping Hammer. Repeat to complete the desired word.

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 towards you while dragging the stamp towards the guide. Make sure you hold the stamp flat and firmly in place before striking the stamp.

Step 3

After stamping the first line, move the straight stamp guide down and repeat the technique to finishing stamping any additional lines.

TIP: If stamp guide becomes unusable due to rips or markings, then complete project with a new straight stamp guide.

Step 4

Stamp design stamps of your choice around the stamped word to further personalize the wine charm. For a spark of color, stamp using the different sized crystal setters.

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.

Step 5

Highlight impressions and flourish design with Stamp Enamel Marker. Wait 3-5 minutes and then wipe away excess from the surface of the blank.

Step 6

Secure flat back crystals inside stamped divot impressions with jewelry adhesive, and allow to dry.

Step 7

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 blank onto the jump 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

Step 8

Attach wine charm to wire ring by sliding the wire ring through the jump ring.