How To Make A Stamped Name Bracelet: Jewelry Making Tutorial

How To Make A Stamped Name Bracelet: Jewelry Making Tutorial

To make the bracelet you need a metal
blank that has holes on either end. Ours are six millimeters by 35 millimeters. You
need metal alphabet stamps. These are three millimeters. You’ll need two silk
cording pieces. Ours are six inches long each, silver wire, that’s twenty-four
gauge. And a magnet clasp also in silver. For tools you’ll need a hammer, a
jeweler’s bench block, wire cutters, scissors, and finally you’ll need double
stick tape. To get started we want to explain our
setup a little bit here. We’ve placed our jeweler’s bench block on top of the
mousepad and the reason why you want to do that
is the mousepad will help sort of soften the blow a little bit and it also keeps
the jeweler’s bench block from sliding around, which you’ll see why that’s
important in a minute. The next thing we want to do is take our permanent double
sided tape (it doesn’t need to be permanent but ours is), we’re gonna take a
piece of double-sided tape and just put it right across the center of our
jewelers block and this is to keep our metal blank in place because otherwise
this metal on metal will just slide around while you’re stamping and that
will make you crazy and make the letters end up all in the wrong spot. So that’s
gonna hold it in place. Now we’re gonna do a name here and we picked Kitty’s
name because it’s a cute name and she deserves a bracelet and I’m gonna make
one for me too. Kitty’s name has five letters, so what
we’re gonna do is start in the very center of our blank here with her center
letter which is a T. If your name is longer than what will fit here with this
three millimeter letter size you can buy an alphabet stamp set that has a
smaller font. They make them in all different sizes and fonts. You also could
pick a larger blank. So I’m going to start with the letter T which is her
center letter, the center of Kitty K-I-T-T-Y and I’m just gonna eyeball the center of
this. This does not need to be perfect. That’s one of the joys of metal stamping
is it has slight imperfections and it really makes it look hand done. So what
I’m going to do is hold my metal alphabet stamp here in the center of my
blank and I’ve eyeballed where the center is but I want to kind of feel to make
sure that I’m right over the center. And I’m holding it perpendicular to my blank
and what I’m going to do is take my jeweler’s hammer here and I’m going to
strike it once right in the center, then and very gently without moving the stamp,
tip in all in four directions and stamp each time or hit, strike it with the
hammer each time. So I’m gonna go slightly to the right, slightly toward me,
slightly to the left, slightly away from me. And what that does is make a deeper
impression. There’s my first letter. And what I’m going to do now is build out on
either side from that centered letter. The next letter in Kitty’s name is
another T so…this is kind of the trickiest part is lining up these
letters. One thing you can do is draw yourself a guideline if you’d like with
a ruler on your metal blank. If you use a marker or something you can then just
use soap and water or an alcohol or a nail polish remover pad to remove the
ink. We’re just gonna eyeball it because we were just going for it. So what I’m
going to do is place my stamp right next to that T kind of feel that I’m centered
there from the from the sides and I’m going to strike just like I did before
five times. Once in the center then I’m going to tip it in four directions
and hit the hammer on the stamp each time. So there’s a second T. It’s slightly
tilted but I think that adds a little level of whimsy so doesn’t need to be
all lined up perfectly. Now we’ve got our Y and I’m going to just place my block
right next to that last T. One thing you could do is look at your at your letter
on your stamp and you can kind of learn to judge how far the letter starts from
the top and bottom and from the sides and that can help you with lining up
your letters. Also we think it’s a great idea to do a test. We did several tests
before we did this first one on camera. Now I’m ready to do my Y. I’m going to do
the same thing I just did striking at five times. There’s my Y and you can see that this
is starting to curve up as I’m hammering, so what I’m going to do is turn it
upside down on my metal bench block and just hammer it a couple times gently
just to flatten it back out so that it’ll stay on the tape when I’m doing
the rest of the letters. There we go. It’s a little flatter. Now I’m ready to do my
I and one thing I didn’t mention it… it’s funny it doesn’t matter on the I,
but you want to make sure you’ve got it facing the right direction. Some of the
letters could end up backwards if you do them upside down. So finally we have the
K and the K actually is a good example of that you don’t want to accidentally
do it backwards. So make sure you’ve got it facing the way you want it before you
place it on your blank. And I’m just going to strike this five times, once in
the center and then one in each direction. And there’s our K. And I’m
going to flip it over and just hammer it a couple times to reflatten it and now
we’re ready to turn this into a bracelet. To turn this into a bracelet what we’re
going to do is attach a piece of our silk cording to either side of our
nameplate and then attach a clasp. And to do that we’re going to show you how easy
this is. I’m going to take our silk cording piece, and we just pre-cut these
in six inch lengths, so I’m gonna feed that through the front of my nameplate
here and I’m going to pull through about a little over an inch and that’ll be on
the back of our bracelet so that’s why we fed it through the front. Now we’re
going to take a four inch piece of our 24 gauge wire. We just pre-cut this. I’m
going to hold the two cords together, take my wire and hold that in place, and
then I’m just gonna wrap that around as tightly as I can to get started. Once you
get your first couple wraps going it gets easier. I’m going to just keep
wrapping here until I have about, I don’t know, eight or ten little wraps here. So
that’s about eight wraps there. And what I’m going to do now is just
trim my wire and I’m going to trim it so that the wire the little wire end isn’t
gonna be poking into my arm or into Kitty’s arm since this is her bracelet.
Use my wire cutters and just trim the wire. And if you want if you’re worried
about these little ends being pokey, you can tuck the little ends in between the
two cords in your wraps. So that’s another way to make it look a little
more finished and maybe not maybe not poke you. But that’s one side done there.
and now what we’re going to do is do the Same thing on the other side. And then
we’ll attach the clasp. So there’s our cords on our nameplate
there and now we’re just going to attach the clasp using the same technique we
used here, but first we want to test the size of the bracelet. Kitty and I
have about the same size wrist so I’m just gonna wrap that around like that
and see how much is left. It’s like that’s about two and a half inches, so
I’m gonna slide my clasp, one side of my clasp, up to about two and a half inches
up the bracelet. So I’ll feed this end through this and this loop is a little
bit smaller than the hole that was in our bracelet, so there we go. I’m going to
pull that up about two and a half inches just out there I’m gonna do the same
thing I did before which is fold this back and take my wire and then do my
wire wraps. And this time I’m going to start in the middle of the wire and just
wrap because I don’t really have a whole lot of stuff to hold on to to to keep it
nice and straight. So I’m just gonna start in the middle and that way I can
wrap a little bit on either side of where I started. And again I’m just
lining up my wraps as best I can and you can always stop part way and manipulate
them a little bit to get them closer. This is a great technique for attaching
a clasp to something using very few tools and very few materials. You can
just use wire and wire cutters rather than looking for jump rings and clamshell bead tips and everything else that you might need. And again I’m just gonna
push those together a little bit and then I’ll trim. And we’ll trim all of
this silk cord also in a minute here. There we go. That’s one side done. And I
just want to test it again to make sure about the size right. Yeah, that seems
good. So I’ll come up about the same distance on the other side of my silk
cord, feed that through my other side of my clasp. I’m gonna fold that silk cord
back on itself like that and then take my piece of wire and do the same thing I
did before which is hold this pretty taut, start in the middle of my wire, and
then wrap. That’s about 8 wraps there and then I’m going to trim. My magnet keeps
getting my wire cutters. And now what I can do is trim my little
ends here. Leave a little bit. Do the same thing on these ends. Helps to have very
sharp scissors for this silk. And there is our beautiful stamped metal bracelet.


  1. If you used a brass metal stamping hammer that weighs about a pound you wouldn't have to hit it so many times the hammer you're using is much too lite for metal stamping

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