4 Tips for Successful Metal Stamping

From “Jewelry That Inspires,” a feature article on mixed-media jewelry and metal stamping in Cloth Paper Scissors (January/February 2017)

by Kate Richbourg

Metal stamping tips | Kate Richbourg, ClothPaperScissors.com


The road to effective metal stamping can sometimes be frustrating. Take note of the following tips and your designs will look crisp and clean.

  • Stamp on a stable surface with no padding under the metal. A rubber block or mouse pad may make your block jump as you strike your stamps. If you wish to dampen the sound or protect your table, opt for a thin piece of leather or a very sturdy sandbag to hold your block.
  • Use a 1–2 pound hammer to strike the stamps.
  • If the metal slides on the block when you are stamping, tape the metal down with painter’s tape to secure it.
  • Practice stamping on a scrap piece of metal to feel and see how the stamps stamp. Each stamp is slightly different. You may need to make slight adjustments in your technique when using different stamps.

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