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If you’re a metal stamping enthusiast, you’re going to love Beaducation. They’re a website devoted to creating trend savvy products for making beautiful metal jewelry. This woman owned and managed company headed by metal stamping guru Lisa Niven Kelly continues to be a leader in the DIY jewelry making category. They’ve got an astounding array of tools and supplies designed specifically for jewelry makers and a huge library of video and step by step tutorials designed to inspire your creativity.
They recently sent me a little stash of goodies to road test.
First up, a pewter dog tag. This was really sturdy, well crafted, and should stand up to being worn by one of our three adorable rescue dogs, Pilky. Shhh, don’t tell the other dogs or they’ll be jealous. Next I tried the border bezel blanks in brass. These are really fabulous, patina finished and ready to wear. If you want to stamp on them directly, the only challenge is the bail, which is round. If you hang the bail off of the edge of your stamping block, it’s much easier to stamp these. You can also fill these with resin or other stamped blanks, like I did here using a jewelry/metal adhesive tab. This helps circumnavigate the challenge of stamping on these blanks directly. I was also sent an array of brass, copper, and aluminum blanks including a lovely brass half moon, which lends itself to all manner of design possibilities. The brass feather blanks are also rich with potential, especially when combined with the Southwestern stamps. The banner and plaque blanks are beautiful, I layered a plaque with an aluminum circle blank and used rivets to connect them. Beaducation also carries hollow rivets that can be used with their riveting tool, which makes cold connections super simple even for the novice. You’ll love stamping into aluminum, it’s softer which makes it much easier to get deep impressions, and it’s tarnish resistant so your creations stay shiny. Many of these blanks come with a protective plastic coating, preventing scratches while stamping. This allows you to reveal a high polished blank underneath when you’re finished by peeling off the plastic.
All four of the stamps I road tested were handcrafted. I’ve not worked with this style of stamp before. On the plus side, the carved ends make it easier to place a design stamp and see where it is on the blank. On the challenge side, I found I had to hit these stamps multiple times with a lot of force to get even impressions. That’s often the case with design stamps, because they’re larger than fonts and information rich. The tilt and tap method Lisa Niven Kelly developed works perfectly here, you can find that on her video tutorials. The martini stamp is my personal favorite. It’s small and well detailed. The Southwestern stamps were truly beautiful and they were much more forgiving to the subtle imperfections inherent in metal stamping. If you love Southwestern style jewelry, these designs really lend that appeal to your creations.
You can find everything you need to make hand stamped, riveted, soldered, and enameled jewelry on the Beaducation website. You can find this collection of blanks and stamps from Beaducation.
Open Teardrop Design Stamp
Rays of the Sun Design Stamp – Beaducation Original
Radiant Lines Design Stamp – Beaducation Original
Brass Round Head 1/16″ Rivets, 1/4″ Long
Brass Man in the Moon, 24g
Brass Feather Blank, 24g
Aluminum Banner, 18g
Copper Popular Blanks Sample Pack