Happy New Year Friends!
Now that Christmas has come and gone, we’re kicking off the new year with several gift tutorials I couldn’t share before the holidays. First up, a hand-stamped necklace I made for Stephen’s younger sister Rachel.
I got all my supplies and my metal stamp kit at Hobby Lobby. First I selected a quarter-sized metal stamping blank.
Using my stamp kit and a metal mallet, I stamped the letters around the bottom edge of the blank.
I opened up a sterling silver jump ring with my needle-nosed pliers and slid it into place on the stamped metal disc.
The key to getting your stamped letters to show up is a Sharpie and nail polish remover (acetone). I traced the letters with a Sharpie and wiped off the excess with an acetone-soaked cotton ball until the letters were dark enough.
For a little more interest, I decided to add this green and white bead to the necklace. All I had to do was thread the bead on this bit of wire, clip the wire, and twist the end into a loop with my pliers.
Then I slipped the bead onto the jump ring, threaded the ring on a sterling silver chain, and the necklace was done!
I love how this necklace turned out and Rachel did too! Turns out green is one of her favorite colors, and I was so happy to see her wearing the necklace with a pretty red sweater on Christmas day!
This inexpensive project would make a great gift for any occasion. Have you tried your hand at jewelry-making or metal stamping before?