Hammered Hand-Stamped Cuff Bracelet

This is a little Valentine gift for a friend of mine, a hand-stamped and hammered aluminum cuff.  Believe it or not, this is the first time I’ve hammered one of my stamped pieces and I just LOVE the effect.

Hammered Hand-Stamped Cuff Bracelet

I really wish the photo did it more justice but this full-time-job and the whole sun-going-down-before-dinner-is-over thing is really hampering my photography, LOL.  It has a nice shiny finish to it, and the aluminum is so easy to work with!

I’m going to be a bit brief on the tutorial today (the aforementioned long day combined with the sniffles and pregnancy in general are uncharacteristically kicking my butt today) – but I’m going to refer you to another stamped cuff I made at Christmas time if you want any more detail about how I made this bracelet.  If you’ve got questions about stamping in general, be sure to visit my beginners’ stamping tutorial or just drop me a note – I love talking about making jewelry.  I’m certainly no pro at stamping yet, but I do love sharing the knowledge I’ve gleaned while I’m practicing that steady hand. ;)

Let me give you the short version, though!  These blanks are 6 inch x 1/2 inch, 14 gauge tumbled aluminum pieces.  I found mine on Etsy, but if you have a local supply store, you may be able to find some!

I decided on my message, centered and stamped it.  This was particularly hilarious to my daughter.  She sat eating her dinner, and every time I stamped a letter, she shouted, “hammer!” which in her cutie little 2-year-old voice is more like “hammo!” I really think I need to get that kid some tools. ;)

Hammered Hand-Stamped Cuff Bracelet

I wanted to darken the letters for contrast, but aluminum won’t react with liver of sulfur.  So I had to go the sharpie route – I darkened the letters with an industrial Sharpie, and wiped the excess off with a bit of rubbing alcohol.

Then, I decided I wanted to try hammering the edges.  I have a small texturing hammer that I have never used, and I hammered the edges.  I LOVED the effect!  I’m going to hammer a lot more pieces now, I don’t know why I didn’t try it any sooner.  The thicker gauge looks awesome with a subtle texture.

Hammered Hand-Stamped Cuff Bracelet

Then, all I had to do was bend it.  I have a special tool that is a bracelet bender that works amazingly well for cuffs.

Hammered Hand-Stamped Cuff Bracelet

And that’s it!  All that’s left to do is to gift it!

Hammered Hand-Stamped Cuff Bracelet

What kinds of handmade gifts are you thinking about for Valentine’s Day?  Jewelry is always classic, don’t you think? ;)



  1. You’re getting better and better! Love the hammered edges. I was drooling over the metal stamping tools in Hobby Lobby the other day. One day, I’m going to take the plunge…
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  2. Great saying and it looks fantastic with the hammered edges!! I really need to get one of those cuff bender thingys {totally technical terms here}. I looked in Hobby Lobby the other day and couldn’t find one, I’ll have to look at Micheals the next them I’m there.:)
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  3. Heather

    I’m so impressed with all of your jewelry making skills! I work at a jewelry store, so I am naturally drawn to anything having to do with it :)
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  4. Monsterscircus says:

    You really WOW me Adrianne! It looks so easy, but I’m sure it isn’t :-) so pretty, and a perfect valentines gift!!!
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  5. Monsterscircus says:

    He he just banging a hammer, yes then it’s definitly me ;-) You really got me hooked, cause you have made really wonderful things! Have seen a lot a of those stamps on etsy, going to check them out once again :-) you’re welcome, I always love to see what you’re up to :-)
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  6. This is amazing, Adrianne! I love it!
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  7. Very pretty! I am sure your friend will love it :)

  8. Wow! That is so neat! I always wondering how that was done!
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  9. I love it! Now you will have to excuse me as I spend the next hour on your fun blog! I’m glad I found you from Someday crafts!

  10. very sweet – i need to get me a letter stamping kit! We found you via Someday Crafts – Whatever goes Wednesday.

  11. This is super cute! I love that it’s meaningful and functional! Thanks for the diy!
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  12. Marilyn

    Adrianne, I purchased a metal stamping set from PYP and I’ve been trying to think of a great project to use them…thanks for giving me some inspiration! I’m so glad you shared this at Loving Valentines Day!

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  13. Cassandra Nilsson says:

    Hi, I’m loving your tutorials! Can I ask how you stop the aluminium from corroding and leaving black marks on skin? I’ve had aluminium jewellery in the past (rings) and they’ve left a black band on my finger.

    • Some people are more sensitive to some metals than others, so there isn’t really a “fix” for metallic reactions, unfortunately. All I can suggest is just know what kind of metal gives you a reaction and use a different type if you can. Some people will suggest coating with clear nail polish or something, but that only lasts so long before it chips and it’s not a real fix, it just allows you to wear it for longer. It’s really just the down side of jewelry in general, sorry!

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