Beginners Checklist For Metal Stamping
Stamping checklist for beginners
check out our tutorial before you start...
1.pick a stamps set (uppercase, lowercase and numbers)
when picking a set it is purely down to personal taste and preference, go for what you like to see on your charms and blanks. our most popular is impressart Bridgette.
*you may also want to use design stamps in your project.
2. stamp straight tape
is used to mask out letters and give you a straight guideline to stamp along. you can mark the tape with a pen where you want each letter to be before stamping, the tape is thick so will give you a nice edge to place your stamp against and will remove easily without leaving any sticky residue unlike alot of tapes
3. steel block
we have 3 size of steel blocks small medium and large, bench blocks are important to prevent double imprinting when stamping and the give a nice solid base to stamp upon.
you need a good solid hammer. i recommend a min weight of 1 lb. which is a perfect weight when stamping and will enable one nice solid blow. some design stamps may need a 2lb hammer.
there are many choices of metal to use
the above ones are the main materials to keep eye out for and to explore
the blanks come in many sizes, shapes and finishes, the most favoured material is aluminum to begin with due to it being a soft material and easy to stamp
practice sheets are also available to practice stamping upon, basically like stamping lines until your confident to stamp on a blank
once your confident in stamping you can think of ways to finnish your blank...
step 1... colour your letters...
1. permanent marker
sharpie pens are a quick way to blacken or colour your letters on your blank
2. paint pens are used the same way but you leave them to dry depending on the pens you leave anywhere from few hours to overnight.
TIP: if you wish to you can also bake your blanks once you have inked them to extend the colour longer.
step 2 ...punch your hole...
If your blanks do not have a hole we recommend you punch your hole after you stamp, its a big reason we sell most our blanks without holes.
This will ease any complication of trying to level all the words etc
There are many types of ways to put a hole in your blanks here are a few..
-double hole punch - a screw type hole punch which has 2 sizes included to give you the choice of using both.
-hole punch pliers - a single pair of pliers that you squeeze together to punch your holes
-mighty punch or power punch - comes with many size holes to swap when you need them (highly recommended for thick blanks of 16 gauge and thicker)
-a drill - there are many drills on the market its best to research to find the one suitable for you
step 3... to polish and to finnish ....
1. wet wipes
fantastic for cleaning of the excess residue from blackening/colouring in letterings of your blanks
2. pro polish pads
similar to the use of wet wipes will wipe off the excess ink but added advantage of adding a little extra shine to your blanks
the polish pads are fantastic for copper blanks a simple small 2 inch square pad perfect for polishing or removing oxidation)
you can use them several times but on dry services only so ensure the blanks are thoroughly dry before use.
3. dremel or hand rotary tool
there are many on the market these have many uses from smoothing to polishing and you can get many different heads for them aswel.
quick and easy method from step 1 simply place blanks into tumbler and wait for it to polish your blanks quick and simple.. plus you can tumble/polish lots of blanks at the same time, which is the added bonus of having a tumbler
the tumbler has 2 uses 1. to debur and 2. to polish. deburing uses pyramid media which smooths your blanks and polishing uses steel shot media which polish and shines your blanks.