Metal Stamping – My New Obsession! {Tutorial}

Since Kevin and I have gotten married, I have been thinking forward to Christmas. Each year, I try to make as many gifts as I can for my friends and family members. This gives Christmas a personal touch and {sometimes} saves us a TON of money.

I am also the owner of the Etsy shop, Designing Tomorrow. My shop is relatively new and I have yet to add a lot of new merchandise. However, I always have my eyes peeled for new and exciting products for my shop. A new trend here lately is metal stamping jewelry… which is also my new obsession.

I love metal stamping because of how quick it is and how you can make your projects as cheap OR as expensive as you wish – and you will always get a fantastic result!

I got my very first metal stamping kit from Hobby Lobby. I have been trying to stamp EVERYTHING in our apartment ever since. So, Kevin and I went to the hardware store and picked up some metal washers. I love how these washers start out being so… ugly… but then turn in to something beautiful!

To make this, I bought a metal washer. You can find them between $0.04-$0.40 depending on the size, quality, and location you purchase it. Then, I chose a word to put on my washer. Since this was my very first washer, I didn’t want to make it complicated.

Once I stamped my washer, I took a black permanent marker and colored ALL over the word. I made sure to get the marker really good in the grooves of the metal. I let it sit for 2-3 minutes to dry. Then, I took some rubbing alcohol and a napkin and wiped as much of the marker off as I could. It’s SO neat because the marker comes off everywhere EXCEPT in the grooves!

I have read on many blogs that it is beneficial to “cook” your metal pieces after you mark them with permanent marker. I have not yet experimented with this.

“Believe” Necklace
$10.00

Once the washer has been blackened, Kevin drilled a hole at the top in the center. I added my various beads and metal pieces to attach it to a wire cord. Then, I beaded the cord to make it into a necklace!

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