Time Required :
About 30 minutes
Beginner
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You're new to the skills necessary to complete this project, or maybe you've tried them just once or twice before.

mama bear hand stamped beaded bracelet

Show your mom that she is the best mom ever with a special, hand-stamped gift that she will cherish forever. Choose from a variety of blanks and beads to create a unique gift.
Step 1

Place stamping blank on stamping block. Secure a straight stamp guide on the blank. Use the guide marks to evenly space out letters and align stamp impressions.

TIP: Use tape to secure the blank to the stamping block so it doesn’t move while stamping. Write desired message directly onto the stamp guide and utilize the guideline marks for spacing.

Step 2

Place stamp on blank, above the corresponding mark on the stamp guide. Lightly drag stamp towards the guide until the stamp catches the edge of the guide. Strike the stamp once with medium force using metal stamping hammer. Repeat to complete the desired name, date, or word. Remove stamp guide.

TIP:

  • If the stamp has an ImpressArt® logo, make sure it is facing you so that the impression is stamped in the correct direction.
  • Slightly tilt the stamp towards you while dragging the stamp towards the guide. Make sure you hold the stamp flat and firmly in place before striking the stamp.
Step 3

Highlight impressions with stamp enamel. Wait 3-5 minutes and then dab the excess enamel into the impressions before lightly wiping it away from the surface of the blank.

Step 4

Pierce holes on each side of the rectangle blank using the 1/16" punch of the two-hole screw down punch. Simply turn the handle of the screw-down punch until the punch pierces through the stamping blank, leaving a clean crisp hole. Then twist the handle of the screw-down punch in the opposite direction to raise the punch and remove blank.

TIP: Make sure not to screw the punch down too much as this will mar the surface of the blank and leave an unwanted impression of the base of the screw.

Step 5

Polish stamped blank to a brilliant, high-shine or to a soft, non-glossy finish using a high polish finish block or a matte finish buffing block. Set polished stamped blank aside.

TIPS: 

  • Use fine grit to quickly clean and polish blanks.
  • Use extra fine grit for buffing to a high shine.
  • Use coarse grit to soften sharp edges and shape soft metals.
  • Use medium grit to create a brushed matte textured surface.
Step 6

Use the tips of two chain nose pliers to grasp the sides of a jump ring, with the opening of the jump ring facing up between the two pliers. Laterally twist each side of the jump ring in opposite directions to open the ring. Slide blank onto the jump ring. Laterally twist the jump ring back with tension to close. Repeat on the other side of the blank.

TIP: Do not pull outwards on the jump ring as it will weaken the metal and distort the circular shape.

Step 7

Cut 18" of stretch cord. Attach cord to one side of the blank using a Lark's Head Knot. Fold the length of the cord in half at the center. Take the fold and slide it through the jump ring. Then take the two ends of the cord and pass them through the loop made by the fold of the cord. Pull tight to secure the cord to the jump ring.


Step 8

String your beads, as desired, onto each end of the cord.

TIP: Use a bead bug to keep the beads from falling off the cord while working. You can also use tape or even a binder clip if a bead bug isn’t available.

Step 9

Tie each end of the cord to the jump ring using an overhand knot and then a surgeon’s knot. Then tuck its end back through a few of the closest beads. 

TIP: To make a surgeon’s knot, perform the actions of an overhand knot, but before you pull it tight, wrap the tail around a second time, then pull tight.

Step 10

Add a dab of bead stringing glue to the knots. Trim the ends of the stretch cord, then set your bracelet aside to dry before you wear.



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