Patriotic Metal Stamping: Brotherly Love for Veteran’s Day and Every Day
I was feeling inspired this Veteran’s Day to create something patriotic. My brother is in the Army and I am quite the fan girl of him and proud of all that he has accomplished. Even though he is active military and not a veteran, I am always looking for ways to share my support for the armed services.
Here is a metal stamping earring project that I hope you enjoy and encourages you to make something patriotic to share your support as well!
Metal Stamping Two-Tone Starry Patriotic Earrings
20-gauge copper sheet
sandpaper to prep the metal surface
soldering supplies (torch, soldering block, pickle, ventilation)
silver solder paste (any temperature)
flex shaft and silicone polishing wheels
5 lb hammer
hole punch pliers or drill
Bon Ami and old tooth brush
2. Stamp your designs in the drawn circles, and exceed the circles just a little with the design. I’ve chosen three different star design stamps from ImpressArt for this project.
3. At this point you will want to anneal the metal, because the metal sheet will have warped a little from the stamping. Pickle, clean, and hammer flat with a plastic mallet.
Go Two-Tone with Solder Paste
4. Next, fill in the impressions with silver solder paste. I like to smear it in with my finger and tap my finger up and down to kind of lift the solder up in little peaks.
5. Heat the metal with your torch and let the solder flow.
Note: For those who haven’t used solder paste before, the solder paste might catch on fire as your solder. That is okay, it’s just the flux burning off–but you don’t want to let that happen long. Get in and out quickly with the torch.
6. Let your metal cool and pickle. You can reapply solder paste as needed and reheat to fill in spots that may not have enough silver.
7. Once you feel you’ve sufficiently filled in the impressions with silver solder, use a disc cutter to punch out the circles.
8. Use your flex shaft and medium-grit silicone polishing wheels to sand the solder off the high points of the metal while leaving the solder in the impressions.
9. Once you have it sufficiently cleaned up with the flex shaft, shape the discs with a dapping set to make them slightly domed.
10. After you shape the discs, punch a hole with hole punch pliers or drill a hole with a small drill bit for your ear wire to fit through.
Patina and Finishing
11. Next, prepare the metal to take a patina by cleaning with Bon Ami, water, and a tooth brush.
12. Apply Baldwin’s Patina in a well-ventilated area by putting some of the patina solution in a small cup with the metal. The patina will darken the copper but keep the silver bright. Rinse with water and let dry when you’ve achieved the desired color.
13. Seal the metal with Renaissance Wax and a small cloth to add a slight shine and keep the copper from changing color over time. Attach the ear wire when dry.
Ta-da! You did it!
Take this idea and use different stamp designs and textures to create earrings, bracelets, and pendants. If you don’t have any metal stamps, check out the Jewelry Tool Stamp Sets for fun designs of metalsmithing tools!
Hollie Goodman is the Marketing Manager for Interweave Jewelry.
Make your own meaningful jewelry with metal stamping techniques!