These Textured Charm Bangles are so simple and satisfying to create. The new Texture Stamper tool from ImpressArt allows you to turn any metal stamp at all into a texture, pattern, or frame for your stamped creations. It opens up a whole new world of potential. If you’re more of a structured pattern kind of person, this is not going to be that kind of a tool. This provides a more organic, free form approach. We decided to add a charm to give these a little movement, but if you forgo the charm these literally take minutes to make. I hosted a make and take at the CHA Show in February and everyone who made a bangle had a great time. Sometimes it’s good to color (or in this case stamp) outside of the lines. Make sure you watch the video tutorial, it’s packed with great tips and tricks for success with these tools.
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3/8″ by 6″ ImpressArt Soft Strike 14 Gauge Aluminum Bracelet Stamping Blanks—10 Blanks
ImpressArt, Circle, 1/2″, Aluminum Stamping Blank
6mm Platinum Anodized Aluminum Jump Ring
ImpressArt 6mm Circle Design Stamp
ImpressArt Texture Stamper
Ergo-Angle Metal Stamping Hammer
ImpressArt Steel Stamping Block
ImpressArt Bracelet Bending Bar
ImpressArt Hole Punch Pliers
ImpressArt 2-Hole Punch Kit
ImpressArt Face Chasing Hammer, 1-Inch
2 Pairs ImpressArt Chain Nose Pliers
(Optional: Tumbler with Steel Shot, Dremel or Flexible Shaft with Polishing Wheel, Polishing Cloth)
Step One: Remove plastic from top and bottom side of bracelet blank.
Step Two: Open the set screw by turning the bottom of the handle to the left until the stamp can slide all the way inside of the opening on the hammer. Secure the stamp by tightening the bottom of the handle to the right.
Step Three: Place the bottom of the handle into the crook of your palm to prevent it from loosening while you stamp. The handle is angled, so you just hit straight up and down instead of a swinging motion. Stamp the surface of the blank to create a pattern. You decide how much or how little you want to do.
Step Four: Sometimes you may get some crunchy or funky edges, to fix this and to frame your design, use a chasing hammer. Hit just the edge of the blank with the ball end of the chasing hammer moving around the entire edge of the bracelet.
Step Five: Stamp your smaller blank dead center. You can hit it more than once if you don’t lift the stamp between hits, once you lift the stamp do not hit it again or you will most likely end up with skipped impressions.
Step Six: Pierce a whole in the top of the blank with the hole punch pliers. Use the set screw on the handle of the tool to prevent it from clamping down to far and marking your blank. Make sure not to place the hole too far from the edge so there’s room for it to swing and sway on the jump ring.
Step Seven: Use the 2-hole punch to make a hole in the bracelet blank near the edge. I made my holes in different places so the charms would fall differently when the bracelets were stacked.
Step Eight: Connect the charm to the bracelet with the jump ring using two pairs of chain nose pliers.
Step Nine: (Optional): The bracelets have a brushed metal appearance, if you want them to be more polished and shiny, you have a few options. You can use polishing pads and a little elbow grease, toss them in a tumbler with some steel shot, or use a Dremel or Flexible Shaft and a polishing attachment.)
That’s it! You can make quick work of stacks of these Textured Charm Bangles; they’re great gifts for your family and friends. Try combining text and pattern, use multiple stamps, fonts and numbers make very fun patterns. Take this idea and make it yours!If you do make one, we’d love to see it so make sure to follow us on Facebook and share with the class!
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