I’ve been running hand stamping workshops over the past 2 years now (wow time flies!) and love being able to teach and pass on jewellery knowledge. I know not everyone can make it to a workshop so if you want to give stamping onto metal a try here is my beginners kit list.
I recommend buying a purpose built metal stamping hammer, this Ergo Hammer from ImpressArt is perfect for new starters to metal stamping. The brass end can easily be replaced and it’s a perfect weight for beginning to learn how to stamp.
Aluminium stamping blanks like these are perfect to use with the Ergo Hammer that I mentioned earlier. I would stick to aluminium metal that is 0.8mm thick or less, a different metal composition or thickness will need a different type of hammer to give you a good stamped effect.
Mandrels are useful to help to shape your pieces into perfect ovals, circles or rings. Use along with a soft rawhide mallet and you will minimise the chances of damage your finished pieces which you hammer them into shape.
Enamelling your pieces can really make your designs stand out. I like the ImpressArt liquid enamel as it’s slightly thicker, but also significantly messier than the pens that you can buy. Have a play with both and see which you prefer. Of course you don’t have to enamel any jewellery pieces, sometimes they look great just as they are.
Basic numbers and letters sets come in so many varieties, metals and fonts. I use ImpressArt basic ranges for my workshops as they are affordable and easy to use. More expensive metal stamping sets may include their own cases, labelling and more durable materials, along with harder to find fonts. I would recommend starting with a basic font and seeing how you get on before investing in more expensive tools and sets.
I will be selling starter metal stamping kits at my future workshops - if you’re interested in these do sign up to my newsletter and I will let you know when they’re available.
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