SKILL LEVEL : Advanced
Take a walk on the moon! Create a modern moon-like shuffle texture with precisely placed lines. This sophisticated, clean line style will have your friends saying that your hand-stamped jewelry & keepsakes are out-of-this-word!
Rotate stamping block so it's positioned in a diamond shape. Place bracelet blank horizontally or vertically on stamping block (depending on your preferred stamping direction). Make sure that the area of the bracelet blank you are stamping is near the center for the stamping block.
TIP: Use stamp tape to secure the blank to the stamping block so it doesn’t move while stamping. You will be able to stamp into the blank through the tape.
Position the stamp with the line facing the desired direction of the impression. Place stamp on blank. Hold stamp flat and firmly in place by applying pressure to the stamp and anchoring the side of your hand on workspace.
Use a modified version of the Tap & Tilt technique to stamp the 9.5mm Straight Line Stamp. While applying pressure to the stamp, strike once with medium to hard force. Then continue to strike while very slightly tilting the stamp side to side to achieve the entire length of the line. Repeat technique to stamp the entire length of the bracelet.
TIP: Place stamping block (with no rubber feet or padding) on a hard sturdy surface when stamping aluminum, brass, or copper with Curved or Line Metal Stamp.
Highlight impressions with Stamp Enamel. Wait 3-5 minutes and then wipe away the excess enamel from the surface of the blank.
Note: Gold Stamp Enamel will create a subtle, antique look when applied to a brass stamping blank.
Use the Bracelet Bending Bar to bend the blank into a cuff shape. Place one end of blank into the channel with the stamped side facing up. Firmly place your thumb against the end of the bracelet to secure it in place. Using the palm of your hand, bend the bracelet halfway around the bar until it forms a 90-degree angle. Repeat on the other side to finish shaping a bracelet.
Continue to round out the cuff with Bracelet Bending Pliers. Match the curvature of the pliers to the curvature of the bracelet. Then begin in the center of the bracelet and squeeze down. Work towards each end to give bracelet a rounded finish.
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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.
Bend bracelets into shape. Choose from two styles: classic cuff or perfectly round cuff.