Frosty Winter Friend

SKILL LEVEL : Intermediate

In the meadow, we can build a hand-stamped snowman... Discover the art of hand stamping a delightful metal snowman, bringing a touch of frosty magic to your creative endeavors. Experience the joy of transforming metal into a festive masterpiece that captures the essence of the season.

Step 1

(Optional) Buff surface of the 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 the surface to a matte finish. Repeat until desired texture is achieved.

Step 2

Place a snowman stamping blank on stamping block.

TIP: Use stamp tape to secure the blank to the stamping block so it doesn't move while stamping.

Step 3

For a spark of color, embellish the snowman blank using a 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. Remove blank from block. Repeat steps 2 & 3 to stamp the remaining stamping blanks of the snowman.

NOTE: Don’t position crystal punch too close to the blank’s edge as this may cause the blank to bulge out and distort as the metal spreads.

Step 4

Highlight impressions with Stamp Enamel. Wait 3-5 minutes and then wipe away the excess enamel from the surface of the blanks.

Step 5

Use the fine and super fine grit on the High Polish Finishing Block to clean and buff metal to a high shine.

Note: High Polish Finish Blocks & Matte Finish Buffing blocks can be used on all ImpressArt blanks excluding ImpressArt Artisan collection plated blank.

Step 6

Secure flat back crystals inside stamped divot impressions with jewelry adhesive, and allow to dry. Use tweezers to help set crystals in place, making sure not to scratch the crystals.

Step 7

Use jewelry adhesive to begin building the snowman. Apply glue to the back of the top hat and scarf and adhere these pieces to the front of the snowman blank. Then finish assembling the snowman by applying glue to the tab of the snowman and placing the tab into the coordinating slit on the base blank.