Stamping on metal requires a lot of practice. But you can also stamp on other materials such as leather which is easier. So here's my tutorial for a gilded stamped leather bracelet. It is forgiving in that imperfections can be part of the design and the process thus becomes fun rather than frustrating.
Here is what you need :
- ~8 inches of 1 cm wide flat leather, 2 mm thick.
- magnetic clasp
- Impressart Lollipop 4mm upper case metal stamp set (see Product Review here)
- StazOn solvent based black stamping ink
- Gilder's Paste (I used Rich Gold)
- metal block and hammer
- painter's tape
- paper towels
- rubbing alcohol (isopropanol) from drugstore
Place the stamp in the middle of the flat leather and hit once with the hammer. I eyeballed the distance between stamps by visually lining up the left edge of the stamp with the right edge of the previous stamped letter or design.
If you don't like the little circles left by this heavy handed method of stamping on leather shown below, then by all means use a lighter hammer and action.
If you prefer to not to see disappearing letters, then some planning is needed. Starting and ending with the design motifs rather than letters also helps.
Here is my quick method for better spacing on the brown bracelet. I drew parallel lines spaced 4 mm apart (the height of the letters) on a piece of paper and did some testing. As you can see the little tickmarks all along the bottom line helps me space the stampings out. 5 mm works better than 4.
I also made vertical marks with a black marker pen on each stamp.
This was so I could visually line up the stamp with the tickmarks.
Then once I stamped a whole length on paper, I could see that for a bracelet length I wanted, I should start with a heart in my pattern repeat. I wanted a 7 1/4 inch length rather than a 7 1/2 inch I initially marked on the paper .
You can buy tickmark tape for metal stamping. But I just made my own using masking tape. I placed the leather down on the sticky side of the tape and then roughly marked the 5 mm tickmarks. And stamped away!
Also don't forget to clean up the stamps using rubbing alcohol before putting them away.
Before You Go:
- Stamp or Sew Faux Necklace Tutorials
- A Super Rubber Stamped Metal Clay Pendant Tutorial
- Quick Leather Jewelry Tutorials to Try
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