New Product Alert! Big news for metal stampers! ImpressArt recently debuted a new metal alloy called Alkemé™ along with their fabulous cast pewter and aluminum SoftStrike™ stamping blanks at the CHA Show and the Tucson Gem Show. People were freaking out, as well they should be, because this is a big deal. Up until now, the affordable options for metal stamping fell under the base metal category. Base metal can be difficult to stamp consistently. People become easily frustrated when they don’t have consistently great results. If people are frustrated, it’s unlikely they’ll continue doing something. Plus, making a mistake on a sterling silver blank is an expensive proposition. The focus at ImpressArt is coming up with tools and materials that help make it easier for the novice and the metal stamping enthusiast to have consistently great results.
The pendant above is a simple stamped Alkemé washer. I polished it with jeweler’s rouge and a flexible shaft tool. Alkemé doesn’t tarnish, polishes to a mirror finish shine, is very affordable and stamps like buttah! The pewter blanks have a more antique, brushed metal appearance. They’re soft and easy to stamp, you get really deep impressions with a single tap of the hammer. I love them both for different reasons. If you’re just starting out, I recommend aluminum, the most affordable option. It’s perfect for practice and can be hammered, dapped and formed with ease, plus it comes in over 100 different shapes!
Look for the new ImpressArt SoftStrike stamping blanks online and in retail stores!
(DISCLOSURE: I am the Public Relations and Creative Director for ImpressArt metal stamps, that said, if I don’t like it, I don’t blog it. Period. This post contains an affiliate link, if you click on the link and buy something I get a small percentage of the sale.)