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…
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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How do I acquire this awesome looking kit. Looks like Darby Smart isn’t a thing anymore 🙁Suf
How do you get the polished shiny finish? Haven`t found any copper blanks but the metals I have found for bracelets are a dull finish. I love your copper bracelets. I am just beginning metal stamping, and i`m hoping to make some bracelets for 5 of my high school friends ( class of 1970) as a gift for upcoming cruise Aug 2019. Thought if I start now maybe I can get the hang of it by then.Mary S.
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This is a great idea! I love simple metal jewelry. Adding some personalization is a great touch.Kaitlyn
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Hmmm..Can you explain the shape that is being created? I made quite a few of these and didn’t have any trouble. But if you can explain your results a little bit more, maybe I can help you come up with a solution.Brittni
I followed your tutorial but I cannot for the life of me get my bracelet to shape into a wearable shape. I’m using the bracelet bender that came with the kit from Darby Smart but still have an awkwardly shaped bracelet. Help!!
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Hi Caroline. Glad to hear you picked up the kit. Yes, there is a way to make the strips skinnier. Just use a sharp pair of heavy duty scissors (i.e. not typical craft scissors) and slowly cut through. The metal is pretty thin, so I think you’ll find that it’s pretty doable with a good pair of scissors. I’m not sure how professional it is, and you’ll need to be careful because the edges can be a little sharp, but it did the trick for me. Hope that helps!Brittni
Hi! I love this idea, and I just got the kit from Darby Smart. Is there a way to cut the bracelet strip (I got the copper one) into to so I can make skinnier bracelets? (I have small wrists).
Thanks!! Can’t wait to make this!Caroline
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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-setBrittni
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 🙂
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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!INSIGHT creative studio
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 🙂
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
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!
a simple elegance
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