One Word Bar Necklace

Happy New Year, friends! To start off this year with a bang, I thought it would be fun to make something that reminds me of my “one word” for 2015…SHINE! In case you haven’t noticed, bar necklaces are a huge trend right now; they’re everywhere, aren’t they? So, I thought I’d make myself one that would remind me what I want to focus on this year. Here’s how you can make one too…

One Word Bar Necklace

{Mine were provided by Goody Beads and ImpressArt. The links below are affiliate links, which means if you click and make a purchase, you help to support One Artsy Mama.}
ImpressArt Lollipop Uppercase Alphabet
Metal Stamping Hammer
Steel Stamping Block
1.5″ Soft Strike Rectangle Pewter Stamping Blank
– Small Two-Hole Punch
– Black Permanent Marker
– Jewelry Polishing Cloth
Jump Rings
Necklace Chain and clasp
Needle Nose Pliers, Cutters


Step 1: Place your blank into the Small Two-Hole Punch and create a hole on the side of the blank that doesn’t have one already. This will allow you to wear the bar horizontally.


Step 2: Stamp your word onto your blank. In case you’ve never stamped before, tape your blank onto a steel stamping block. Position each stamp one at a time and give it a tap with your hammer to create an impression. Soft Strike blanks are incredibly easy to stamp without a ton of force. I wanted my word to be on the right, so I started with the “E” and worked my way backwards. You can certainly do the opposite and start on the left, or center your word if you prefer. If you’re not an experienced stamper and want a full step-by-step photo tutorial on Metal Stamping Basics, see my Intro to Stamping Post, then come back to this step and give it a try.


Step 3: Color over the stamped letters using a black permanent marker, then use a jewelry polishing cloth to wipe off the excess. No cloth? Try a cotton swab dipped in rubbing alcohol.

Bar Necklace

Step 4: Open two jump rings and place them in the holes on either side of your bar. Measure an 18″ piece of chain and attach one end to each jump ring. Then, cut the chain in the center and add a jump ring and clasp.

One Word Metal Stamped Bar Necklace

What about you? Do you love the bar necklace trend? What’s your word of the year? Here’s to a happy, healthy 2015!

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  1. It’s close to sparkle and fits you so well. I’ve landed on “doer” as what I admire most in many and hope to see in myself, instead of an avoider.

  2. I was inspired by your post to create jewelry (bangle bracelet) of my own with my word for the year. It’s so fun, and your directions are superb! I’m having a little problem, though, where the jump rings I bought to hold the stamped metal circle keep coming open and dropping the charm. I bought “more expensive” 6mm silver plated jump rings because I was afraid this would happen. Any suggestions?

    1. That’s awesome, Rachel! Well, the bracelet part, not the problem part, lol. How have you been opening and closing the jump rings? Are you pulling them open or are you twisting?

      1. I’m twisting them open and closed, and they always seem good and closed when I’m done. That’s why I didn’t know if I should buy a particular brand to use.

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