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Reported by Samantha Piette
I have always held a special place in my heart for personalized items. I’ve seen metal stamped jewelry getting more and more popular lately and knew I needed to try it.
I did some research and found Beaducation.com. The founder and owner, Lisa, has done a fantastic job introducing crafters to jewelry making and metal stamping. She even includes a free online class for metal stamping beginners.
When I heard Lisa was coming out with a book on metal stamping, I knew it was something I HAD to check out. There is so much to learn, and I knew (through her site and classes) that if anyone was going to teach us about metal stamping, it’s her.
Her book Stamped Metal Jewelry: Creative Techniques & Designs for Making Custom Jewelry is 135 pages of instruction and inspiration. It’s pure eye candy for anyone looking to add metal stamping to their jewelry making.
The first 37 pages of the book cover the supplies you need and their uses (different tools for different techniques) as well as a few techniques and a simple how-to to get started stamping. It goes into detail about each tool, which is very helpful if you want to try something on your pieces but have no idea how to get the effect you want. This way, you know exactly which tools you will need to purchase.
The rest of the book includes 19 step-by-step projects. Lisa covers every type of jewelry including necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings, and even a leather cuff which would be perfect for a Father’s Day present. The style of the different projects range from simple to complicated, and from clean to grungy. Definitely something for everyone.
The book also includes an instructional DVD featuring over 30 minutes of Lisa herself demonstrating techniques and showing essential tools and how to use them. The DVD also includes a bonus project that Lisa walks you through step by step.
I have to say, I have been trying to learn how to stamp metal for a while now and had not been getting the results I wanted. Either the letters were really crooked or inconsistent or they just didn’t look ‘right.’ After reading Lisa’s book, not only am I inspired to create more, but I learned some really (really!) helpful tips that have helped me get the results I wanted.
- The beginning of the book is perfect for beginners and gives a very good introduction to products and techniques.
- Every project is broken down step by step with photos. They are very easy to follow so anyone can make the items Lisa has shown in the book.
- Lisa includes little bonus tips on how to make certain pieces more personalized, including a list of inspiring words, as well as how to say different meaningful phrases in different languages.
- Everything Lisa uses in her book is available to purchase on her website, beaducation.com, she even offers kits for beginners.
- A great value for $24.95 (includes 20 projects plus an instructional DVD.)
- If you have never made jewelry before this book may be too advanced for you.
- Getting started with metal stamping can be expensive (as is any hobby, really.) A non-basic letter set starts at around $90.
Stamped Metal Jewelry: Creative Techniques and Designs for Making Custom Jewelry is also available from Amazon.com
Do you love making jewelry? Have you ever wanted to try stamping on metal? Leave us a comment and let us know!
If you work with metal blanks for stamping or other creative uses, you may have noticed that many bead stores and websites offer metal blanks with no hole in them to attach a jump ring.
The EuroTool Metal Screw Punchpunches two different sized holes which work really well on a variety of jewelry projects. Buying blanks without holes allows more creative options and is less costly. This tool replaces a drill, and eliminates the shavings that result from drilling into metal.
This tool couldn’t be more easy to use. It is essentially a 2 step process to punch holes in your metal piece. The two pieces turn like screws to either punch through the metal or to release it after you have already punched.
First, place the piece of metal you would like to punch into the tool. You can tell where the hole will be punched by looking at the side of the tool and seeing the reflection of the tool in the metal.
Second, turn the screw so that it advances down onto the metal. Continue turning until you feel that the metal is punched all the way through. Do not keep turning as the tool could scratch your metal. Next, unscrew the tool so that it completely releases your newly punched metal piece! It is important to unscrew until the piece is released instead of pulling it out so that unnecessary pressure is not put on the tip of the screw.
The EuroTool Metal Punch punches two different sizes of circles in metals. A 12 gauge circle (2.3mm) and a 14 gauge circle (1.6mm). I punched both sizes in this copper sheet to give you an idea of the sizes (the quarter is shown for scale.)
Many projects can be made using punched metal pieces. I use them primarily with metal stamps, either letter sets or design stamps. Here is a simple project where I punched two holes in a small round silver blank and stamped an ‘S’ on it with a bead.
A unique project, the EuroTool Metal Screw Punchcan easily go through a penny (since it is made of copper). I punched a hole in the top of the penny and stamped the word ‘LUCKY’ and then attached it to a keychain.
- Very fast and simple to use
- No metal shavings left over (which you have if you use a drill)
- Affordable price; approximately
- Punches through all metals typically used for jewelry making (sterling silver, copper, etc…)
- Takes a little bit of practice so that the screw is not tightened too much and scratches the metal
- Does not punch all metal (I tried it on a metal washer from a home improvement store and the metal was too strong)
Do you have this tool and use it often? Have you found another tool that works similarly that you would recommend? Let us know!
As a crafter who was a jewelry artist in a former life, I take great interest in products that make the process of creating high end jewelry, and make it easier, faster, safer, cleaner and/or more affordable. Nunn Design commits to all of these issues with their amazing line of Jewelry findings and glaze/epoxy products.
Epoxied jewelry can be a several step process… taking days to cure, with lots of smelly mixing of chemicals. All too often, the result is a yellowed bubbled uneven mess. But no more!
With the Nunn Design system, you just simply punch out a lovely design from their transfer film, apply a special glue to the back, then seal the front of the image. This prevents the Glaze from seeping under the image and not curing properly.
Then you pour the “Gel du Soleil” over that image, into your beveled pendant, and stick that fella under a tiny UV light. 20 minutes later, you are wearing your pretty pendant, bracelet or ring!
I love the simplicity of the designs, and the fact that I could customize everything with my own images or stamps if I wanted to. But you could get pretty fancy with these findings if that’s your thing. Their design elements are fashion forward, and would be easy to match up with contemporary or vintage beads and images.
Check out the Nunn Design website for more information, and some wonderful tutorial videos about the process.
Have you used this product yourself? Tell us what you think!
Reported by Liz Abbott
Elements is a high-end jewelry line designed by Jill Schwartz. Her work has been sold at
Anthropologie, Cambria Cove and was also featured in magazines such as Lucky, Jane, Redbook and InStyle. As we reported from the winter 2010 CHA show, she has teamed up with scrapbooking company Making Memories for a line of vintage inspired chains, charms, findings, pendants and kits. It’s a great opportunity for us crafty types to own a piece of Jill Schwartz jewelry and add our own flare to it, for less!
Below are selections of the fun chains and bead strands I got to play with.
Above are some of the essential tools, an all in one handy dandy kit. Included are chain nose pliers, side cutters and round nose pliers. They even co-ordinate with the charms.
feathered friend stands on. I threaded it through the top jump ring of the two-point charm and then connected it to the second chain.
Let’s move onto the rings and the chains that connect to the bracelet. Little chain rings with charms attached could be a cute idea if a hand to wrist bracelet/ring combo is too much for you. I made the rings with a piece of small chain and joined it together with one of the jump rings from the collection. Here is where you could add a small charm…and voila! A cute little charm ring!
Then attach the chains to the rings and the 3 connection points of the top of the finch.
Almost done! Connect the third bracelet chain to the other two bracelet chains at the jump ring. And then the fun part: adding all of the charms!
pre-fabricated Vintage Groove chain in the hair.
- The quality of the metals is great. The jump rings are easy to open, yet not in anyway flimsy.
- For all the people out there that enjoy crafting, but might not be as creative, the charm sets all look great together and make designing your piece a breeze.
- The tools have a nice grip to them and are small enough for easy storage, but large enough for my big ol’ man hands.
- The charms with multiple holes in them give you many options for multiple tiers or the opportunity to add extra charms and pendants to the piece.
- I found the clasps to be a little sticky and not as easy to open as some clasps I have used in the past.
- Some of the dainty seashell charms did not survive the shipping. I’m sure they’d be fine if treated delicately, but if you’re a bull in the china shop like I am, this could be an issue.
Making Memories will be giving one lucky reader a collection of Vintage Groove jewelry by Jill Schwartz. This collection is perfect for a first time jewelry maker because there is no beading required. All the pieces have been handpicked by Jill. All you have to do it pick your strand, pick your pendant or charm, and assemble.
To enter to win this prize, you need to make a comment on this post. To comment, just click below this article where it says “crafters have an opinion on this post” and answer this question…
What do you think of the new Making Memories Vintage Groove Products?
One comment per person, per Vendor Spotlight: Making Memories Vintage Groove article (this is 1 of 4), please. Winner will be randomly chosen on Sunday, June 27th and announced here on the blog.
- Dries clear and shiny
- Easy to open lid (and my bottle never clogged)
- Jazzes up plain, patterned paper, and stamped images by giving it glossy, raised dimension
- Can often be used in place of resin to make jewelry
- Takes time to dry
- First drop seems to be an air bubble every time I used it; air bubbles can occur at other times as well
- Free flowing bottle design can make it hard to do small details without going over the lines
Plaid is generously giving one of our readers a gift pack full of these great Plaid products! Just leave a comment on one of the Vendor Spotlight: Plaid articles. For this article, we want to know…
Have you ever used a dimensional product like this before? If so, what do you love and/or hate about it?
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A favorite scrapbooking company, Making Memories, is branching out into the jewelry business. Designer Jill Schwartz has created jewelry for high-end boutiques like Anthropologie, and now she’s partnered with Making Memories to create a vintage line of jewelry elements:
The line is called Vintage Groove, and has findings, pendants, charms and more. “Jill has designed high-end jewelry for a long time, and this is a way for the consumer to create their own piece at a fraction of the cost,” says President Dan Nelson.