Stamped Pendant with ImpressArt Stamp Guides

Thanks to ImpressArt for sponsoring today’s post; all opinions are honestly my own.

One of my favorite accessory trends lately is the tiny pendant. I love how dainty they look, as well as how versatile they are. You can wear them alone or layered with a few other favorite necklaces, and they work well with just about every kind of neckline. Today, I want to show you how simple it is to make your own using a few brand new metal stamping tools I’m really excited about! Let’s get started.

Stamped Joy Pendant

You’ll need:

Steel Stamping Block
Metal Stamping Hammer
ImpressArt Deco Letter Stamps, Lowercase, 1.5 mm
ImpressArt Personal Impressions™, Square, Gold Plated {or your choice of blank and chain}
ImpressArt Stamp Enamel 
ImpressArt Stamp Guides™
Soft Cloth or Paper Towel

I’ve been metal stamping since 2012, so I’ve seen and tried most of the tools available for making stamped jewelry. It’s no surprise, then, that I get really excited when there are new things on the market that not only make stamping even more simple to do, they also make my finished projects look better than ever. Today, we’re going to focus on two products I absolutely love, and I think you will too.

The first is the new ImpressArt Personal Creations™ kits. I shared about these in my Tiny Monogram Pendant post, where I used the silver circles kit. This time, I’m using the Gold Plated Square. No matter what shape and finish you choose, these kits are just $15 each and contain everything you need to make five complete necklaces! 

Each kit contains 5 blanks and 5 pre-cut chains with clasps and jump rings already attached. It’s very easy to attach the blank, even if you’ve never made jewelry before. The kits also contain a practice blank that’s the same size and shape as your “real” ones so that you can practice positioning your stamps and figure out how much pressure you need to get a good impression.

The second new thing I want to talk about today is a major game changer for all of us who love to stamp! Whether you’ve been stamping for 10 days or 10 years, the ImpressArt Stamp Guides™ are about to make your life way easier. I freaked out a little {in the best possible way} when I first heard about these, and they’re just as fabulous as I hoped they would be.

Stamp Guides™ makes it easy to space out letters, stamp in a straight line or a curve, and stamp Mandalas and other intricate patterns. Each Stamp Guides™ book contains 70 stickers: 14 Straight Guides, 28 Circle Guides in various sizes, and 28 Pattern Grids.

To use the Straight or Circle guides, all you have to do is stick a guide to your blank, line up your stamp with the spacing line, and stamp along the top ridge. To use the Pattern Grids, stick the transparent grid on top of your blank, and use the grid lines to stamp symmetrical patterns.

Seriously. It’s that simple! Gone are the days of guesswork where you had to try to eye up the center of your blank and figure out where each letter should go. Use these lines to help you position each letter of your word or phrase and keep it in the shape you want, whether straight or curved! For “long” letters like g, q, j, and y, you can place a second guide on the blue line and line up the bottom of your stamp with that instead.

Creating Your Tiny Pendant

Step 1: Place your blank on top of the steel block and apply the guide sticker.

If your sticker is larger than your blank, like mine, it will also double as tape to hold your blank in place. If you’re using the round stickers instead, you’ll want to tape your blank down to the block as well to hold it still while you work.

Step 2: Stamp your letters using the guide, beginning in the center and working your way out.

My word is, “joy,” so I started by placing the “o” stamp with the bottom against my guide and lined up with the center mark. Hold your stamp vertically and give one firm tap to the top with your hammer. This should give you a clean impression.

Because of the small size of the pendant, I’m using the Deco Alphabet in 1.5 mm lowercase. This is half the size of a “standard” 3 mm stamp.

Continue stamping, lining up each stamp with a marking on the guide.

Step 3: Apply Stamp Enamel to your letters.

Make sure to apply enough enamel to fill the impressions completely. Let it dry for 10 seconds, then wipe off the excess with a soft cloth or paper towel. The enamel on the surface will wipe right off, but the enamel down in the grooves of your stamped letters will remain, giving your stamping an oxidized look.

Step 4: Attach your blank to a chain.

To do this, simply use pliers to twist open the jump ring that’s already on the chain. Thread it through the hole in the pendant, then use the pliers to twist the jump ring back to a closed position.

ImpressArt Stamp Guides

There you have it, a brand new pendant, ready to wear!

Tiny Stamped Pendant

I’m loving how small and delicate this little pendant is, and I’m already thinking of ways to layer it with some of my favorite outfits. What do you think?

Joy Stamped Pendant

I’d love to hear your thoughts on these new tools from ImpressArt! Have you tried the brand new guides yet? I think you’re going to love them as much as I do. Share your latest and greatest projects with us in the One Artsy Mama & Friends Facebook group and let us know what you think!

ImpressArt Stamp Guides

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