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SKILL LEVEL : Intermediate

Design a hand-stamped, boho-chic jewelry collection centered around patterns inspired by the rugged desert landscapes of the Southwest. Complement neutral earth-tone metals with desert landscapes, bold vibrant tassels, colorful beads, crystals, and fringe to create playful, festive hand-stamped jewelry pieces.

Step 1

(Optional) Buff all blanks to a matte finish using Matte Finish Buffing Blocks. Use medium grit to create a brushed matte textured surface. Hold buffing block in palm of hand and use even, smooth downward strokes to buff surface to a matte finish. Repeat until desired texture is achieved.

Step 2

Place hexagon blank on stamping block. Use stamp tape to secure the blank to the stamping block so it doesn't move while stamping.

Stamp desired scene of your choice using scene building-themed stamps. 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 the stamp, continue to strike while very slightly tilting the stamp in a circular motion to catch all sides of the design.

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: Harder metals and stamps with more detail require a harder strike than softer metals and stamps with less detail.

Step 3

Further personalize the bezel using desired design stamps. For a spark of color, stamp desired design details with the crystal setter.

Hold crystal setter flat and firmly in place on the stamping blank. Strike with medium force using metal stamping hammer until a round indentation is formed in the stamping blank. The indentation should be deep enough so that the edges of the crystal are set in the divot and the top of the crystal protrudes out from the blank. Set stamped blank aside.