Put Your Stamp On It

The lull between Halloween and Thanksgiving is a great time to think about handcrafted gifts that you might want to make in preparation for the holidays this year. Growing up, we would dip candles every year to give as seasonal gifts to our friends and family. It was always nice to have a stash of homemade candles on hand to give as hostess gifts and use as present-toppers.

This year, I am thinking about setting up a stamping station to make personalized bracelets and necklaces to pass out. Once you have collected the basic tools and materials required for stamping projects, it's a fairly quick and easy task to complete–perfect for last minute presents! (Check out some inspiring stamped jewelry designs in the latest issue of Handcrafted Jewelry.)

Here are a few of my go-to stamping resources…

Beaducation is a great resource for all things metal stamping. Whether you are a beginner in search of some basic instruction, or a pro looking for the latest and greatest tools and supplies, this is a good place to start. These sweet dandelion stamps are one of my favorite Beaducation items.

I recently tried out ImpressArt's metal stamping hammer for the first time, and loved it! The hammer fit perfectly in my hand, giving me optimal control of my strokes and is weighted to make deep, clear impressions.

Rings & Things sent us this metal stamping kit to try out last year and it has certainly come in handy. If you are new to stamping and buying tools for the first time, this little beauty has everything you need to get started.

Nunn Design has a new line of ready-to-wear bangles. Attach a stamped charm or charm cluster to one or more of these bracelets for a personal and trendy gift. Full line of bangle colors and sizes available at Lima Beads.
If you would like to make your stamped blanks into necklaces, peruse the wide variety of stringing materials over at Ornamentea. One of their handpainted cords, colorful leather laces, or patterned crepe cords will make for a nice touch. 
FusionBeads.com offers a collection of Thai Hill Tribe Silver stamping blanks that have a little bit of organic texture, but not so much that it interferes with your stamped words or designs.

What are your favorite stamping materials?




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