Stamp Camp: DIY Stamped Metal Jewelry

DIY Stamped Metal Jewelry

DIY Stamped Metal Jewelry

I don’t know how it happened, but I’m strangely addicted to metal stamping right now.

Have you ever tried it? It’s kind of awesome.

And now that I discovered it, I’m stamping things like crazy – necklaces, earrings, little bracelets…everything. The process is a whole lot like leather stamping, which I remember having a similar reaction to when I first tried it. There’s something about using a hammer that makes me feel super official.

So, today, I thought I would share a tutorial for how to make your own DIY stamped message metal bracelets. And to make things super easy, I also designed a new DIY kit for Darby Smart (that launched yesterday) that has all the materials you need to make your own. So you won’t need to go searching for all the jewelry making and metal stamping supplies on your own. Yay. Super easy!

Want to make your own stamped bracelets? Here’s how…

Stamped Metal Jewelry DIY Kit

Supplies:

This Darby Smart DIY kit that I designed has all the supplies you need to make your own set of bracelets. You get to choose which metal you want too…copper, silver, or brass. Copper and brass are my faves.

How-To:

1. Start by placing a metal strip onto the metal block. Then gather all of the letters that you’ll need to create your message.

2. Once you have the letters, you can start stamping. Turn the first alphabet stamp upside-down, so that the letter is touching the metal. Position the letter where you want it and then hit the top of the metal stamp with the hammer included in the kit. It took me a couple of tries to get the hang of this, but here are a few tips to make this easier right from the start…

Make sure the stamp is straight up and down on the metal plate, so the letter will be stamped evenly (if it’s at an angle some areas of the letter may not get stamped). And hit the top of stamp fairly hard with the hammer, so you get a nice deep impression.

3. Once you’ve completed your stamped message, it’s time to form it into a bracelet shape. Using the bracelet bending bar provided in the kit, place one end of the stamped metal in the slit / holder area and bend the other side down, creating a curve. Repeat this process with the other end of the stamped metal bar. Now, you have the basic bracelet shape.

4. As a finishing touch, run a permanent marker over each letter indention and then wipe away any excess. The color from the marker will remain in the indention, so you can more easily read your stamped message or phrase. Just be sure to wipe off the excess marker immediately before it becomes permanent on the top part of the bracelet. It worked really well for me and I had no problems removing the marker from the top, non-indented areas. But I thought it was worth the reminder to mention it.

And that’s it. Now it’s ready to wear.

How To Make Stamped Metal Jewelry

If you can read any of the messages and phrases on the finished bracelets, you’ll see that I got a little creative with some of the bracelets.

My favorite bracelet message was ‘Cat Lady’, but I had a few inspirational phrases in there for good measure as well. And after photographing the bracelets shown in the photos, I made a couple more with old song lyrics (‘Baby Got Back’, anyone?) and the obligatory ‘Haters Gonna Hate’.

DIY Stamped Metal Jewelry

DIY Stamped Metal Jewelry

DIY Stamped Metal Jewelry

You could also stamp your name or an important date, etc. Or even turn these into friendship bracelets.

They would be a great gift for a friend’s birthday, or even when the holidays start to roll around. The way this year is flying by, December will be here before you know it.

DIY Stamped Metal Jewelry

DIY Stamped Metal Jewelry

DIY Stamped Metal Jewelry

Model Amanda Toman
Concept, photography, and styling by Brittni Mehlhoff

You can check out my new Darby Smart DIY kit here and all of my past kits right here, if you’re interested.

Have any phrases or words that you think would be fun for these bracelets? I’d love to hear your suggestions…I do have a few more bracelet blanks, after all.

34 comments | Click here to reply

That’s a good idea, Susan! I like that.

Brittni

Left flat these would make great gift bookmarks.

Farmer Susan

Hi Caitlin. The stamps are just a standard metal stamping alphabet set. More details here http://www.darbysmart.com/craft-supplies/3mm-metal-stamping-set

Brittni

I love these! Looking into buying a metal stamping kit because unfortunately I can’t get this kit shipped to NZ. What size are the stamps in this kit? I’m unsure how to work out what sizing I would want 🙂

Caitlin | Thistle & Tea

Caitlin

Sorry to hear that. But I love the idea of stamping the name of your studio into metal. Good thinking.

Brittni

Congrats that’s a great box!
I just emailed them two days ago to know if I can buy it from France, but unfortunately it’s not available for us 🙁
I wanted to stamp my studio’s name to wear it everyday, guess I will have to wait a few months 🙂

INSIGHT creative studio

I have never done anything like that, Amber. But I assume it would be a similar process. Also, baby lambs!? Adorable.

Brittni

I have tried stamping metal but only stamping letters and numbers on ear tags for newborn lambs! I guess the same principle would apply for jewellery!

Amber Rhodes

Haha. Glad to hear that Amber.

Brittni

You just convinced me! I only thought I needed a metal stamping kit but I was wrong… I NEED IT!

Amber

Thanks Kel. And yeah, that stone board is my new favorite. Just got it.

Brittni

I would like to request a gold one! These are gorgeous, Britt! Also, whatever that cutting board is, it’s amazing.

Kelly @ Studio DIY

That would be fun. Good idea, Ashley.

Brittni

Oooh, I love this idea! I bet short lines of poetry or song lyrics could be beautiful. So long as it was short, of course.

Ashley Randall

Aw, thanks. I appreciate that. 🙂

Brittni

beautiful and original DIY!! love it

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STEL STYLE

Haha. So glad, Arielle. These will make for fun Christmas presents, for sure.

Brittni

this is the beginning of the best homemade christmas presents ever! I absolutely love this idea!

love, arielle
a simple elegance

arielle

Oh, I like the ‘stay crazy’ idea…which has me thinking that ‘stay wild’ would be a good one too!

Brittni

Hmmmz. I think I’d do one to say “Be Awesome” or “Stay Crazy” or something weird like that.

Yep the more I think about it, I’d do “stay crazy”. But maybe that’s because I am, a little.

Anyway. Maybe if I bookmark this, somebody will get it for me for Christmas… I can hope. 🙂

Gianna
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