There are some companies that stamp flat sheet metal in order to transform it into a specific shape or to make an impression in it. The metal items are used in households and in many businesses throughout the world, such as ones that are associated with hardware or construction. You can purchase your own metal stamping equipment and design a unique piece of jewelry. The following steps will explain how to make an engraved pendant to hang off of a chain. When finished, you will have a one-of-a-kind necklace to wear.
- sheet metal (thin)
- metal stamping kit (with bench block)
- riveting hammer
- stamp holder
- plain metal pendant or dog tag
- chain (to wear around your neck)
Before stamping the metal, practice using the stamping equipment on paper. Line up a piece of paper on the bench block. Select the letters or design that you would like to use, out of the stamps that you own. Line each stamp up over the paper so that the lettering or design is facing you.
Tap the top of each stamp with the riveting hammer. Use firm strokes while holding onto the stamps. Make sure the stamps do not shift during this process. The impression of the lettering or design will be visible on the paper that you are using to practice. Once you are satisfied with the results that you see, you will be ready to stamp the metal.
Line up the piece of metal that you will be using as a pendent. Place it on the bench block. Make sure that you have extra metal on hand just in case you make a mistake. Set up the stamps the same way that that you used when you practiced on the paper. Hold each stamp as securely as you can. If they move at all, you will have an incomplete image. Also, the key to receiving clear and attractive results is to strike the metal with consistent, firm strokes. If you do not use enough force when striking the metal, it will be difficult to see the impressions.
Strike the top of each stamp until each one has been covered. Lift up the stamps and see the results. Place your pendant on your chain and place it around your neck. Your stamping equipment will come in handy. You can design additional pieces of jewelry for yourself or create some for special occasions and give them away as gifts. If you need the assistance of a professional metal stamper, contact Custom Stamping & Mfg Co.