Spring Fling

SKILL LEVEL : Intermediate

A hand-stamped keepsake for your hand-stamped keepsakes! Keep all of your tiny treasured trinkets safe but accessible with the help of a personalized, hand-stamped catch-all ring dish.

Step 1

Place circle 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 2

Create a floral design using the Ultra Detail Birth Flower Stamps and Curved Line Stamp. 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.

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: 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.

Step 3

Secure a straight stamp guide on blank. Use the guide marks to evenly space out letters and align stamp impressions.

TIP: Write desired message directly onto the stamp guide and utilize the guideline marks for spacing.

Step 4

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. 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 date, initials, or word. Remove stamp guide.

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 5

Highlight impressions with Black Stamp Enamel. Wait 3-5 minutes and then wipe away the excess enamel from the surface of the blank. To create an antiqued oxidized look, repeat enamel process by applying Silver Stamp Enamel over the black enameled impressions.

Step 6

Place circle blank, stamped side up, inside dapping cavity of dapping block. Hold punch in center of blank and tap the punch with the Metal Stamping Hammer. Then continue to tape the punch while rotating the punch at an angle in the dapping cavity until blank is evenly domed into a concave shape.

Step 7

Turn the dapped, stamped blank over so that it’s upside down on the stamping block.

Step 8

Place chasing texture stamp in the Multi-Function Hammer, with the notch in the stamp facing down.. Secure stamp in the hammer by tightening the screw at the bottom of the hammer.

Step 9

Hold the hammer with your palm of your hand over the screw and use two fingers, to hold the blank in place. Then strike the middle of the blank repeatedly with medium force to flatten the center. This will ensure that the ring dish will sit flat.

Step 10

Make a base for the ring dish by stamping a smaller circle blank. Dap this blank into a convex shape and use G.S. Hypo Jewelry Glue to adhere the base to the bottom of the ring dish.

Note: *Alkemé & Aluminum are not for soldering*