When my kids were small, they enjoyed playing with rubber stamps. Of course, I sat at the kitchen table and stamped right along with them. I especially enjoyed our set of alphabet stamps, using them to put together words in irregular, interesting ways. So when I discovered that similar stamp sets existed for putting letters on metal to create jewelry, I had to give it a try. I signed up for a class at my local bead shop; this was the first piece I ever created.
Metal stamped jewelry is pretty labor-intensive. Each letter is placed individually using a metal stamp and a mallet; patina is added to make the letters "pop" and the excess removed with a buffing cloth. Giving the piece a domed shape is also possible; I did this with the "GRANDMA" and "AUNT" pendants I made for my mom and my sister-in-law at Christmas time, similar to this one I recently made for myself.
Well, so far, so good. I made another "GRANDMA" pendant for my mom for Mother's Day
|Each grandchild is represented by a crystal birthstone.|
|The silver pieces were hard to photograph because they are so very reflective. But this pendant is shaped exactly like the "GRANDMA" pendant.|
|I chose a black crystal because I wear a lot of back. Other options are pearls and crystal birthstones.|