Tiers of Joy

SKILL LEVEL : Intermediate

Wear your loved ones close to your heart with this personalized 3-tier hand-stamped necklace. Turn it into an eye-catching piece that you will treasure forever with the simple addition of colorful birthstone crystals.

Step 1

Place 1/2" circle blank on stamping block. Adhere a small circle stamp guide along the top of the blank. Use the guidelines to evenly space out letters and align stamp impressions.

TIP: Use stamp tape to secure the circle 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.

Step 2

Place stamp on blank. 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 the stamp once with medium force using Metal Stamping Hammer. Repeat to complete desired word, turning the stamping block while working to ensure that the stamp is facing the correct direction. Repeat the same technique on remaining 3/4" blank using a small circle stamp guide and on 1" blank using a medium circle stamp guide. Remove stamp guides.

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 away from you while dragging the stamp towards the guide. Make sure you hold the stamp flat and firmly in place before striking the stamp.

Step 3

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.

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

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 6

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 blanks, in size order, onto jump ring making sure that the stamped sides of the blanks are facing the same direction. Then drape the chain over the opened ring. Laterally twist the jump ring back with tension to close.

NOTE: Do NOT pull outwards on the jump ring as it will weaken the metal and distort the circular shape of the ring.

Step 7

Close clasp to complete the necklace.