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Stamping Blanks

About this Tip:

Stamping metal blanks is as easy as 1...2...3 with this tutorial.

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Different amounts of pressure makes different impressions on your stamps.


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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Put your blank on the block.
Step 2:
You can tape it down with masking tape or painter’s tape if you’re worried about the blank slipping on the steel block.
Step 3:
Hammer text or design stamps. It may take multiple taps to fully imprint the design.
Step 4:
Pull off tape and enjoy!

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  1. shimmer chick
    shimmer chick says:

    loving this new section… Thanks Lima!!! even experienced beaders can learn new tips from these.

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    trinkets says:

    Thanks for the tip about using painter’s tape to hold your blank in place…..if you want to be sure your letters are even the tape makes a good guide too!

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    N Saccoccio says:

    is it possible to buy only the white nylon or hard black “Rubber” used under the steel round bench block?

  4. S Moffett
    S Moffett says:

    Been wanting to start making this type of jewelry for quite some time. Thanks for the help.

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    Tazzie says:

    I’m new to stamping – well not really – just can’t get the hang of it. When I hit with enough force to get an imprint of the stamp, there are also dents in the block. If I hit with less force, no imprint or either just a piece of it. I can’t seem to get that one good lick. How?

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    KatBlue60 says:

    I am new to this as well. I have the same problem in stamping, and can’t really afford the hammer and steel block they use here. Are their other options?


  7. Courtney L
    Courtney L says:

    I am new to this as well, I am using a hammer from the hardware store right now and it seems to do the trick. As I get better I will invest in a better hammer but for now my 16 oz Wal-Mart hammer is working out okay.

  8. Laurel p
    Laurel p says:

    Want to start doing this.Really like this.Only site that I have found the supplies.Thanks Lima Beads!

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    R Sowles says:

    Looking forward to learning to crochet some wire.

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    Karron l says:

    wish you had shown us up close view of what the dif letters look like.

  11. Judy z
    Judy z says:

    Sue Moffett is that you with the Boston?
    Judy Z

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    Robins nest says:

    Loving this site!

  13. Sterling
    Sterling says:

    I did a lot of research before I started stamping metal. In doing this I choose 5mm lowercase letters, just basic style-generic. The hammer is worth the cost, I got the Impress Art brand(it is small and easy to handle). Using painters tape as mentioned here is very helpful, I totally recommend doing this until you have a major amount of experience. If you want more options Google metal stamp supplies or similar, to get a broad variety. I have access to many sites because I have a Jewelry Business, but I have to keep up on everything that I want to offer my customers. I do a lot of metal work so I already had a couple of large steel bench blocks and added square rubber under one of them.
    You can always check with a metal shop to see if they can cut you a certain size of steel block. That is where I go to get mine polished to keep it smooth. One other thing start stamping on scraps from a metal shop, on sale stuff, no name, but do not start on brass, copper, sterling the good metal. I hope this has helped someone out there. Good Luck and Keep Trying!

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