Staying on the sunny side, seeing the glass half full, focusing on the blessings, choosing joy, however you want to frame it, positive affirmations really do work. We get that upon which we focus, so focus on the joy and let the rest fall away. Here’s a lovely metal stamped necklace you can wear to remind yourself of the good stuff. These rectangle blanks make it easy for the beginner to be successful stamping, no worrying about lining the letters up horizontally! Just start in the center and work your way up and down. Just one swift tap of your hammer and you’re good to go. Add some faceted glass and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS beads to add sparkle and you’re sure to garner tons of compliments. I wore this design to a trade show and everyone loved it. Here’s how you can make a Metal Stamped Positive Affirmations Necklace (and some matching Yes, This earrings) of your own!
You will need:
9 ImpressArt, Pewter Stamping Blanks, Rectangle (7 for necklace, 2 for earrings)
11 Preciosa Czech Fire 8mm Polished Glass Bead, Faceted Round, Half Coating Silver, 100-Pack
12 Swarovski Crystal 5000 6mm Jet Faceted Round Beads
8 SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Crystal Moon Pendant #6722 20mm Crystal AB
4 SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Crystal #5000 4mm Round Beads Jet
2 4mm Freshwater Pearl Beads
43 Beadalon 10-MM Jump Rings Silver Plated
18″ Beadalon Chain Rolo Large Silver Plated
Beadalon Lobster Clasp Swivel
2 Beadalon Dapped and Spring Ear Wire
Beadalon Ball Tipped Head Pin
ImpressArt- Basic Newsprint Uppercase Font Set
ImpressArt Design Stamps, 6mm, Daisy
Folk Art Enamel Acrylic Paint, Licorice
Ergo-Angle Metal Stamping Hammer
ImpressArt 2 by 2-Inch Steel Block
Beadalon Leather Pad For Block and Anvil
ImpressArt Stamp Straight Tape
ImpressArt Chain Nose Pliers
ImpressArt Bent Nose Pliers
Beadalon Round Nose Pliers
1. Stamp words on blanks. Tape top of blanks to keep them stable and start in center working up and down blank. Stamp necklace blanks: create, sparkle, smile, give, love, create. I added a daisy to the center ‘love’ blank for fun. Stamp earring blanks: yes, this. 2. Use black paint or a Sharpie marker to ink letters. Wipe clean. 3. Make coiled top dangles with your beads. Slide bead on wire, grasp top of wire with round nose pliers and bend wire flush to the top of bead as shown. 4. Move pliers 1/2 turn. Use chain nose pliers or your fingers to coil wire tail tightly around core wire as in photo. Cut off excess wire with flush cutters and tuck the little extra wire into the bottom of the coil with chain nose pliers. (Here’s a link to my video that shows you how to make wrapped head pin beads if you’ve never done this before!)
5. This is how your coiled beads should look when finished! 6. Open jump rings to attach the beads and pendants starting at the center and moving side to side. (Here’s a link to my video on how to open and close jump rings below in case you’ve never done this before!) 7. Attach the final beads. Attach the clasp to once side of the chain and a jump ring to the other. To make matching earrings, coil the smaller beads and attach them along with the stamped pendants to your ear wires using jump rings.
Wear your Metal Stamped Positive Affirmations Necklace with pride because, you made it yourself! Yes, this.
Margot and Avalon
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