We鈥檝e got聽personalization fever, adding names, monograms聽and music quotes to everything we touch. Because honestly, what piece of classy jewelry wouldn鈥檛 benefit from a few words of wisdom from聽Beyonce or T-Swift? Today we鈥檙e applying our new obsession to the art of metal stamping which is SO FUN! Pick up聽our Metal Stamping Tool Kit聽in the shop and follow along for the steps.

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Start off all your metal stamping adventures聽with a聽set of high-quality tools. Stamp names, initials, song lyrics, literary quotes or聽whatever else speaks to you on bracelets, pendants, cuff links, pet tags, etc.

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Metal Stamping Tools:

鈥 uppercase alphabet stamps

鈥撀爏tamping hammer

鈥 stamping block

鈥 vinyl tape

(or get everything listed above and pictured below in our Metal Stamping Tool Kit!)

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Cuff Bracelet Materials:

鈥撀1-inch bracelet blanks

鈥撀1/4-inch bracelet blanks

鈥 bracelet bending bar

鈥撀2-in-1 jewelry plier/cutter

(available in our Metal Cuff Bracelets Kit聽and pictured below)

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Gold Bar Necklace Materials:

鈥 gold bar pendant

鈥 jewelry chain

鈥 jump rings

鈥 lobster clasp

鈥撀2-in-1 jewelry plier/cutter

(available in our聽Gold Bar Necklace Kit聽and pictured below)

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Instructions:
1.聽聽Tape one metal strip to your stamping block using a piece of vinyl tape.

2.聽Arrange all the different letter stamps needed to complete your phrase and聽use them to measure out your spacing. Make little pencil marks on your tape so that you can correctly align your stamps later.

3.聽Hold your first letter stamp steady on top of your metal strip, and firmly tap it with your stamping hammer.

4. Keep stamping along your metal strip until you鈥檝e completed your phrase.

5.聽Place one end of the strip into the bending bar crease, and bend forward to create a little tab.

6.聽Fold the tab down with your pliers, and repeat this same process on the other end of the strip.

7.聽Place your metal strip into the crease, and bend it over the round end of the bending bar to shape.

8.聽Then curve the opposite side of your metal strip over the bending bar so that it forms a round cuff.

9. Stamp聽letters onto聽your gold bar pendant while it is聽still unattached from the chain.

10.聽Open up one jump ring with your pliers. Twist the ring open sideways to keep its shape in tact. String your bar pendant onto the open jump ring at one of the two top corners.

11.聽String one end of your chain onto the same open ring, and then close it up with your pliers.

12.聽Repeat on the other side of the pendant, and then cut the chain in half at the top to add the clasp.

13.聽Using this same technique, attach your lobster clasp to one end and a jump ring to the other.

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Grab a set of聽tools聽(pictured above聽and included in our tool kit!) and some jewelry blanks to stamp on and we鈥檒l show you two ways to make beautifully simple stamped jewelry.

Stamped Cuff Bracelets

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We include all聽the supplies shown above聽to make two thick and two thin stamped bracelets in our聽Metal Cuff Bracelets Kit, available in Copper or Gold color options. Grab one for yourself and lets get started.

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Tape a聽metal strip to your stamping block using a piece of vinyl tape.

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Arrange all the different letter stamps needed to complete your phrase, and聽use them to measure out your spacing. Make little pencil marks on your tape so that you can correctly align your stamps later.

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Hold your first letter stamp steady on top of your metal strip, and firmly tap it with your stamping hammer. If you hit it hard enough with the hammer, you will only have to hammer once. To get a deeper indent, you can tap it twice, as long as you don鈥檛 move the stamp in between hammering.

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Keep stamping along your metal strip until you鈥檝e completed your phrase.

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Remove from the stamping block and check out your work! Next up we鈥檒l bend these flat strips into bracelets.

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Place one end of the strip into the bending bar crease, and bend forward to create a little tab.

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Fold the tab down with your pliers, and clamp down firmly to secure. Repeat this same process on the other end of the strip.

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Place one folded end of your metal strip into the crease of the bending bar and curve聽it over the round end to shape.聽Then curve the opposite side of your metal strip over so that it forms a round cuff.

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Continue to gently form the bracelet with your hands until it fits your wrist comfortably. You may want to pinch the two sides together, making an oval shape to better fit your wrist.

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We couldn鈥檛 help but stamp our favorite Taylor Swift quotes (and misquotes) onto these thin cuffs.

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The process is exactly the same for the 1-inch聽pieces! The only real difference here is you may need to put a bit more work into clamping down those tabs with your pliers.

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Same deal with shaping your bracelet post-bending bar. Exercise those hand muscles, and bend your聽bracelet聽into a nice oval.

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Mean Girls and B Girls inspired these bold brass cuffs.

Stamped聽Gold Bar Necklace

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Delicate jewelry more your style? Get聽everything you need to make one聽simple bar pendant in our聽Gold Bar Necklace Kit聽(pictured above). The stamping process is exactly the same!

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Tape down your gold bar pendant with vinyl tape and stamp聽away while it鈥檚 still unattached from the chain and findings. This slightly softer metal only needs one good tap to indent nicely, so聽it鈥檚 a good idea聽to practice on the provided 6-inch practice聽strip first before moving聽in on聽the final pendant.

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Once you鈥檙e done stamping, open up one jump ring with your pliers. Twist the ring open sideways to keep its shape in tact, and then string on your bar pendant.

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String one end of your chain onto the same open jump ring, and then close it up with your pliers聽by twisting it back to its original position.

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Repeat this jump ring and chain attachment on the other side of the pendant, and then cut the chain in half at the top to add your聽clasp.

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Use the聽same technique to open your two remaining jump rings. Attach your lobster clasp and a jump ring to one end and one jump ring to the other. Your necklace is complete!

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The great thing about these teeny pendants聽is that it only takes聽a couple of initials to make it your own.

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We鈥檙e definitely gifting these to all our friends STAT.

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What other metal stamping projects聽would you use these tools for? Tell us in the comments below.