DIY Stamped Mantra Bands

One of the popular jewelry trends of the moment is the Mantra Band, a thin metal bangle featuring a stamped word or phrase that’s meaningful to the wearer. Every day, I see ads for these bracelets come up in my Facebook feed, and I finally decided to try and create my own version! Here’s how I did it and you can too.

DIY Mantra Band

You’ll Need:

Metal Stamping Hammer
Steel Stamping Block
Bracelet Bending Bar
Aluminum Bracelet Blanks 1/4″ x 6″
ImpressArt Alphabet Stamps {I used Juniper Lowercase alphabet}
ImpressArt Stamp Enamel or Marker
Stamp Straight Tape
Soft Cloth or Paper Towel

Stamping Your Bracelet

Step 1: Tape your blank to a steel stamping block.
The tape will keep your blank from moving around as you work, and the stamping block will protect your work surface. The block is also hard enough to allow the stamp to create a good impression on your blank.

Step 2: Beginning with the center letter, stamp your word or phrase one letter at a time.
I like to write out my message on a piece of paper first so I can easily identify the center and spacing. To do your stamping, hold the stamp vertically in your non-dominant hand with the ImpressArt logo facing you and the raised letter touching your blank. Use your hammer to apply a firm tap to the top of the stamp. One good tap should be enough to create your impression.

Step 3: Apply enamel to the stamped portion of the cuff.
Whether you use the original version or the new marker, make sure that your letters are completely filled in. Let it dry for a few seconds/minutes as instructed on the packaging, then wipe off the excess using a soft cloth or paper towel. The enamel will remain in the stamped grooves, but easily wipe off the surface of the blank.

Step 4: Bend your blank into a cuff shape.
The easiest way to do this is with a bending bar. Place one end of your blank in the groove and gently press, causing the blank to form to the shape of the curved bar. Flip the blank over and repeat on the other end. You can use Bracelet Bending Pliers instead if you prefer, but I find the bar to give a more consistent shape.

That’s all there is to it! Your bracelet is ready to wear as a reminder of the things that are important to you. Create just one or make a stack…there’s no wrong way to do it.

DIY Mantra Bands

What do you think? What would your bracelet{s} say? Want one with a custom message but don’t want to create it yourself? Stop by my Etsy shop!

DIY Mantra Bands

DIY Metal Stamped Mantra Bands

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