This week’s DIY is a stamped metal necklace on a leather cord. You’ll learn how to stamp, ink, make a two part pendant and turn leather cord into a necklace with 20 gauge plated craft wire. We love leather cord for guys and gals to give your jewelry a more casual, laid back appeal.
My sister-in-law Alison was visiting us this weekend for her birthday. I had just *received the new arrow and heart stamps from Beaducation along with their fabulous new beginner’s metal stamp kit and an array of blanks and this design came together from there. One of the best things about hand stamped jewelry is that you can easily share a personalized message using images, numbers and letters. Aluminum blanks are soft and very easy to stamp, I like them best hammered to give them texture and make them look more like precious metal. This is a very easy design to execute and Beaducation has everything you need in their beginner’s kit. In fact, I’ll be giving this kit away on Wednesday, so make sure you come back to enter for the chance to win! (US Residents only.)
You will need:
Beaducation aluminum blanks in flower and heart
2 4.5mm jump rings
Black leather cord
20 gauge silver plated copper wire
OR Black leather finished necklace
Beaducation Stamping on Metal Starter Kit: Includes bench block, economy stamps in 1/8″ size, 1.5mm hole punch pliers, Sharpie marker, printed instructions, video tutorial CD, copper sheet, ball chain necklace, copper blanks, stamping tape, pro polish pads
Heart Arrow Stamp
Tiny Fat Lined Heart Stamp
1 pound brass stamping hammer
Black acrylic paint dabber
Round nose pliers
Chain nose pliers
Step one: Use round end of chasing hammer to hammer texture on surface of both blanks. Step two: Stamp MY AIM and arrow on flower blank as shown. Step three: Stamp IS TRUE and heart on heart blank as shown. Step four: Use pliers to pierce a hole at the top and bottom petal of flower and top of the larger side of the heart blank as shown.
Step five: Dab paint into stamped areas of blanks. Wipe off excess with paper towel. Step six: Connect the two blanks with a jump ring. Attach a second jump ring to the top hold in the flower blank. Step seven: Cut leather to desired length. Step eight: Use round nose pliers to create a small loop in the end of your wire coil.
Step nine: Wrap wire around leather, working up from turned loop. You will need to leave about 1/4″ of leather on the tail and will coil approximately 5 times. Make sure you wrap this tightly and take your time so it’s neatly coiled. Step ten: Cut the end from wire when you have almost reach the end of the leather. Use cutters to remove excess leather. Step eleven: Grasp the final coil and turn it up to create a loop using your chain nose pliers. Adjust the loop, making sure it’s flush to the top of the leather end with your round nose pliers. Use the chain nose pliers to gently compress the coils together to remove any gaps. Do this on both sides of your leather. Step twelve: Gently open one end loop to attach a clasp. Step thirteen: Attach the pendant to the front of the leather using pliers. Step thirteen: Wear!
What song lyrics would you use for this stamped metal necklace? Let us know in the comments! Don’t forget to come back on Wednesday for the GIVEAWAY!
Margot and Avalon
(*FTC DISCLOSURE: Blogger was provided product for this post and the giveaway, all opinions and instructions are 100% her own.)
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