The gals over at Beaducation have been making stunning mandala inspired jewelry for the past few years. I’ve been playing around with the technique recently, and I’m hooked! Good news, ImpressArt just came out with their Stamp Guides. They make it much easier for anyone, even a stamping novice, to master this style of stamping. I decided to take the stickers and their Mandala Stamp packs on a test drive, and this is the necklace I created. I’m happy with it, but I’m looking forward to perfecting my technique over the coming months. Start with aluminum blanks, and once you get your mandala groove on, advancing to base and precious metal.
What you need:
1 1/4″ Aluminum Stamping Blank
6mm Silver Plated Jump Ring
Sterling Silver Ball Chain
Mandala Stamp Packs Series 2, Series 4
ImpressArt Longitude Latitude Stamps
Stamp Guide Book
Stamp Enamel Paint Pen
Steel Stamping Block
ErgoAngle Stamping Hammer
Wooden Dapping Block and Punch
Step one: Center sticker over blank on stamping block. Press down to secure.
Step two: Stamp center with an open circle.
Step three: Stamp the football shape and more circles as shown. The radiating and circular lines serve as guides.
Step four: Stamp triple triangles and triple dots as shown.
Step five: Add more football, dot, arrow shapes until you’re happy with the overall pattern.
Step six: Remove sticker and use hole punch pliers to add a hole to top center. I punched mine in between two dots.
Step seven: You’ll need to remove all of the sticker remnants before this step, a safety pin helps dig them out of the smallest areas. Then use the Stamp Enamel Marker to add black to the stamped areas. Just wipe on, let sit for 10-30 seconds, wipe off.
Step eight: Use the round end of a ball peen hammer to add texture around the edges.
Place stamped side down in your dapping block. Hammer the shape using the dapping tool and brass hammer to form a convex dome. Tap and move the blank and hammer around to get an even shape.
Attach a jump ring to the punched hole.
That’s it! Simple and simply fabulous!
I love the combination of textures and patterns!
It’s hard to believe this is aluminum, it looks like sterling silver!
It’s kind of mesmerizing, isn’t it?
Once you get this technique mastered, you can make even more intricate designs, add borders and edges, use design stamps and letters. Add acrylic enamel paint in colors to the stamped images. The stamp guides really help as you’re learning.
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Margot and Avalon