Tiers of Love
SKILL LEVEL : Intermediate
A circle symbolizes infinity because it has no beginning or end. Show your everlasting eternal love for your loved ones by hand stamping their names on a stacked washer necklace that can be worn every day!
(Optional) Buff washers 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.
Place washer on stamping block. Use stamp tape to secure the washer to the stamping block so it doesn’t move while stamping.
Stamp desired message around the bottom half of the washer. Place your stamp on the blank and lightly drag it towards the outside perimeter of the washer, until the outside edge of the stamp is even with the outer edge of the blank. 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 word. As you work, turn the stamping block. This will ensure that the stamp is facing the correct direction. Repeat technique to finish stamping remaining washer blanks.
TIP: If the stamp has an ImpressArt logo, make sure it is facing you so that the impression is stamped in the correct direction.
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.
Highlight impressions with Stamp Enamel. Wait 3-5 minutes and then dab the excess enamel into the impressions with a paper towel before lightly wiping it away from the surface of the washers.
Buff stamped washers to a brilliant, high-shine finish using High Polish Finish Blocks. Use fine grit to quickly clean and polish blanks. Hold buffing block in the palm of the hand and move the block in even, back and forth strokes to remove dirt and dried enamel left on the raised surfaces. Use extra fine grit for buffing to a high shine. Hold buffing block in the palm of hand and buff in tiny, back and forth strokes with light pressure to get a mirror-like shine.
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.
To create the necklace, thread chain through each of the washers, making sure that the washers are in size order and that the stamped sides are facing the same direction. Close clasp to complete the necklace.
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