Thanks to Beaducation for sponsoring this post.
I had no idea how easy it is to make your own hand stamped jewelry. I always saw beautiful personalized necklaces on Etsy and thought they had to be made by far more creative people who used fancy & expensive tools. It’s not true. Anyone can do it.
Thanks to Beaducation for letting me in on this little secret.
Beaducation sells all the tools, supplies needed and even offers free online classes to get you started in the world of hand stamped jewelry.
And don’t you think a personalized necklace would make the perfect baby shower gift for any new mom. Or even for your own mom, maybe with all the grandkids names. How cute would that be!
Only one problem. Getting started can be expensive. Beaducation offers a Stamping on Metal Starter Kit for $56 and then the cost of the metal blanks, jump rings and chains can cost about $20 per necklace (depending on shapes and metals used).
Now you see why these same necklaces can cost $50-$100 on Etsy.
So here is my solution.
Host a craft night. Then everyone can pitch in to pay for the cost of the kit.
For my craft night I invited 6 friends (7 including myself). If each person pays $20. $140 total – $56 for starter kit= $84 leftover to purchase the metal blanks, jump rings, and chains.
After purchasing the starter kit the only other supplies needed will be a hammer (I just used my regular old hammer), ruler, pliers, metal blanks, jump rings, and chains (the metal blanks, jump rings and chains I purchased from Beaducation).
Now I want to show you how easy it is to create your own necklace…
After selecting the metal blanks you want to use. Trace them onto a sheet of paper.
Lightly stamp your letters onto the stenciled shape – this allows you to figure out what will fit on your blanks and where you can place the words. It’s no big deal to mess up on the paper, but if you make a mistake on the metal it can’t be fixed.
Lightly stamp your lettering. I highly recommend doing this as it helps you see what fits, where it looks best, and lets you practice (so you don’t stamp a letter backwards). Don’t skip this step!
Remember to figure out where you want the hole for the jump ring to be.
Use the tape as a guide. You’ll feel the bottom of the letter ‘catch’ on the tape. This will tell you where to stamp the letter so everything aligns in a nice straight line.
Buff off excess marker with polishing pads. Add jump ring to hole and hang on necklace.
See, easy peasy.
This is such a fun idea for a craft night with friends, neighbors, or co-workers.
I had everything set out on the table before my friends arrived.
Upon arrival everyone picked out their metal blanks, traced them onto their paper and started planning out their lettering. This part takes a lot of time, so it’s good to get this started right away.
I also had my laptop set up so that everyone could scroll through Etsy to get some ideas and inspiration.
I invited 6 friends and it took us just under 3 hours for everyone to finish their necklace. If I was to do this again I would order an additional steel bench block. You can purchase one from Beaducation for $18. Or ask your friends who are attending if they already own one. Anyone who makes jewelery will probably already own one.
If you have two bench blocks it means 2 people can be stamping at the same time. Much faster.
We quickly realized how hard it was to see the letter stamps at night so I set up a lamp on the table for extra lighting. If you’re hosting at night you’ll probably need this. Trying to find all those little letters and numbers proved pretty difficult.
So now you’re dying to host your own metal stamping craft night, right? You’re in luck. The awesome folks over at Beaducation are giving away one Stamping on Metal Starter Kit worth $56 to one lucky reader.
Be sure to enter below.
This is a sponsored post I have written on behalf of Beaducation. All opinions expressed are my own.