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This just hasn’t been my week. First I got a terrible lopsided haircut from one of those discount salons, and now I can’t for the life of me figure out how to do this diy project! I learned about stamping from my blogger buddy Lindsay over at Shrimp Salad Circus and my attempts have been pitiful.  Here is what stamping is supposed to look like:

From emilinaballerina.etsy.com

From emilinaballerina.etsy.com

Gorgeous, I know. You use metal stamps of letters, numbers, or designed and hammer them onto a pendant. For Christmas I received all the equipment (which is very affordable on Etsy, by the way): stamps, disks, and a metal block.

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I made my first attempt at a fleur de lis and here’s what I ended up with:

how to metal stamp

First try, no big deal, I told myself. I’ll just try it again. Here’s attempt #2.

diy metal stamping


And attempt #3.

metal stamping

Any ideas on what I’m doing wrong?


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  1. I’m a jewelry maker in my spare time, so I’ve seen some stamping done. (I work with beads) It could be that you’re not hitting the stamp har enough. Or it could be the metal you’re working with, some metals are easier to work with! Try testing your stamps on sheets of copper first before you try actually stamping a medallion. This will allow you to see how the design will look before you commit to it!

  2. Great advice Amy, I was going to suggest checking to see if the metal she is using is too tough for the tool she is using or maybe it is a problem with the stamps she has. The copper idea is great. Queen Bee, post some pics if you manage to figure this out… 🙂

  3. You are stamping curved pieces from the looks of it and the stamp needs to fit on a flush surface to stamp properly. I suggest stamping first, then using a dapping tool to curve the disc.

  4. Thanks for the tip! I’ll have to revisit this project.

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