Stamp By Number
SKILL LEVEL : Intermediate
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Place 3/4" 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.
Stamp desired message around the perimeter of the blank by placing your stamp on the blank and lightly dragging it towards the edge until the outside edge of the stamp is even with the 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 message. Set blank aside.
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: As you work, turn the stamping block. This will ensure that the stamp is facing the correct direction.
TIP: Use the dot design stamp to separate words.
Place remaining blank on stamping block. Position Large Typewriter Number Stamp in the center of the blank. 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. Note: Number 6 is also used as Number 9. To stamp a 9, make sure that the ImpressArt logo is facing away from you.
(OPTIONAL) Highlight impressions with Stamp Enamel. Wait 3-5 minutes and then wipe away the excess enamel from the surface of the blank.
Buff stamped blank 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.
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 a stamped blank and pre-made chain onto jump ring. Laterally twist the jump ring back with tension to close. Repeat to attached remaining blank.
NOTE: Do NOT pull outwards on the jump ring as it will weaken the metal and distort the circular shape of the ring.
Close the clasp to complete the necklace.
YOU WILL ALSO NEED
Basic Metal Stamping
New to metal stamping or need a refresher? Go back to the basics with ImpressArt’s Basic Metal Stamping tips & tricks.
Stamping Large Stamps
Use the Tilt & Tap technique to stamp 6mm and larger stamps, or stamps with more details.
Make impressions stand out and easier to read by darkening them with stamp enamel.
Using Buffing Blocks
Learn how to buff metals to a soft, non-glossy finish or to a brilliant, high-shine finish.
Attaching Jump Rings
Learn how to properly open and close jump rings.