Oh, So Charming!
SKILL LEVEL : Intermediate
Charm bracelets are a classic and timeless accessory that captures significant moments and milestones with individual charms. Make each memory even more special by adding a personalized, hand-stamped touch that will last a lifetime!
Place charm stamping blank on stamping block. Determine the desired location of the name, date, or word and adhere a stamp guide onto the charm blank. Use the guide marks to evenly space out letters and align stamp impressions.
TIP: Use tape to secure the charm 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 charm blank, in line with the corresponding mark on the stamp guide. 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 stamp once with medium force using Metal Stamping Hammer. Repeat to complete desired name, word, or date. Remove stamp guide. Set stamped charm blank aside. Repeat same technique to stamp remaining charms.
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 the guide while dragging the stamp. Make sure you hold the stamp flat and firmly in place before striking the stamp.
Highlight impressions with Stamp Enamel. Wait 3-5 minutes and then wipe away the excess enamel from the surface of the charm 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 charm blank and desired bracelet chain link onto the jump ring. Laterally twist the jump ring back with tension to close. Repeat to attach all remaining charm blanks.
NOTE: Do NOT pull outwards on the jump ring as it will weaken the metal and distort the circular shape of the ring.
Close clasp to complete the charm bracelet.
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.
Learn how to use straight stamp guides to evenly space out letters and align stamp impressions.
Learn how to use circle stamp guides to stamp evenly around curves.
Make impressions stand out and easier to read by darkening them with stamp enamel.
Learn how to properly open and close jump rings.