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Center the pattern grid over the circle stamping blank to secure it to the stamping block.
Start mandala pattern from the center using the lines and circles marks as guides to assist with spacing. Hold stamps flat and firmly in place by anchoring the side of your hand on workspace. Strike design stamps once with medium force using the Metal Stamping Hammer.
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 - Tilt & Tap: 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.
Continue stamping to the outside edge of the blank, turning the stamping block while working to complete the circular pattern. This will ensure that the stamp is facing the correct direction. Remove pattern grid.
Optional - Dapping: Place blank, impression side up, inside dapping cavity of dapping block. Hold punch in center of blank and tap the punch with the Metal Stamping Hammer. Continue to tap punch with the Metal Stamping Hammer. Continue to tap punch while rotating punch in a circular motion until blank is evenly domed into a concave shape.
Highlight impressions with Stamp Enamel. Wait 3-5 minutes and then wipe away the excess enamel from the surface of the blanks.
Use the tips of the 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 blank onto jump ring. Then drape 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.