It’s Valentine’s Day today, but this Hand Stamped and Stitched Heart Pendant would be perfect any day of the year. It doesn’t have to be perfectly perfect, either. Part of the appeal of metal stamped jewelry is that it’s handcrafted, with love. This technique can be used to make all sorts of fabulous mixed media metal jewelry, so don’t stop here!
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1.5″ 24 gauge brass heart blank
Textured antique brass chain
Brass hook and eye clasp
2 6mm gold tone jump rings
Embroidery floss in hot pink
ImpressArt Straight Guide Sticker
ImpressArt Newsprint lower case
ImpressArt ErgoAngle hammer
Steel stamping block
Leather bench block pad
Metal hole punch pliers
2 pairs chain nose pliers
Small embroidery needle (small enough to fit through holes)
ImpressArt Stamp Enamel
Beadalon Bead Stringing Glue
Soft cloth or paper towel
Step one: Tape blank to bench block using a stamping sticker. This will help you align your letters as you stamp. Start in the center and stamp left and right. I used the word “lover.” You do you!
Step two: Use the round end of the chasing hammer to add texture to the blank. If the blank warps, which it might, use the nylon hammer to flatten it back out.
Step three: Wipe stamp enamel into the stamped letters, let it sit for a few seconds, then wipe off the excess with a soft cloth.
Step four: Mark your hole placement. I did this project several times, and sadly the last time I did not do a great job of marking my holes. Perhaps a ruler would be helpful? You want to make sure the holes are evenly spaced and on the same places on both sides. There are 19 total holes.
Step five: Starting with the bottom hole, sew the floss into the hole and create stitches moving along the edge as shown. Leave about 1.5″ of floss for the bow.
Step six: Continue stitching until you reach the bottom hole, thread the floss up through the hole. Both threads will be in this hole, that’s the plan.
Step seven: Tie the threads into a bow. Tighten the bow, this may take a few attempts to get it nice and tight. Use your fingertip or fingernail to secure the center as you tighten. Persevere, my dear.
Step eight: Dab a tiny bit of Jeweler’s Glue on the knot. Let this dry.
Step nine: Cut off excess floss.
Step ten: Attach chains to the top left and right of your heart using jump rings. Thread them into the holes, add chain, secure them closed. If you don’t know how to do this using tension, watch our video.
Step eleven: Attach the clasp to the ends of your chain by opening and closing the chain links with chain nose pliers. Again, be sure they are properly closed.
You can use different colors of floss, stitch across the blank in a star pattern, use different blank shapes…take this in all sorts of fabulous directions! Embroidery is on trend, and this combines two of our favorite mediums into one. If you do make a Hand Stamped and Stitched Heart Pendant, we’d love to see it! Share pics on our Facebook page!