One of my favorite pieces of jewelry was a necklace I had stamped after Raya was born with our family’s names on it. But as you know if you read here often – we had an addition this summer, and I needed to update my very favorite piece with another name! I made up this mommy necklace, or mother and child necklace (or whatever you like to call these kinds of personalized necklaces). I shared a preview on Facebook last night, I was so excited about how it turned out! :)
Stamping is a really interesting hobby. First of all, it takes a little practice to get your own technique down. (If you want to read more about how I got started stamping, I have a jewelry stamping tutorial that’s specifically for beginners and those wanting to get started!)
I plan out my piece including the spacing, and I use a piece of tape to help keep my letters straight. But once you can get your letters onto your blank, you still need to be able to add some visual variety to the piece overall. So I decided to try some riveting! My friends at Goody Beads sent me some riveting supplies and I was thrilled to discover that riveting is SO easy! Unlike stamping (which takes a little bit of practice), you can jump right into riveting with zero experience, and just a few simple tools.
What you need for riveting:
- Rivets! I love, love these crystal rivets.
- Hole punch
- Rubber block for crystal rivets, or a regular bench block if you’re setting metal rivets (the rubber keeps the crystals from cracking when you set them).
- Rivet setter tool and a hammer
- I also used a dapping block (also called a doming block) for a 3-D effect, but this is totally optional.
- (Goody Beads also carries metal stamps and blanks for creating your piece!)
Once you’ve stamped your piece to your satisfaction (and this will vary a LOT depending on your own personal tastes) then you’ll need to punch a hole in the pieces you are riveting together.
I found that my blanks got a little scratched when I was adding the holes. I protected them by adding a little scrap of paper towel underneath. It’s possible that with more practice I won’t need to do this at all – but if you’re doing it for the first time like I was, I would suggest it as a precaution while you get used to your new tools.
I popped holes in both the little flower blank, and my stamped piece. Then, I put the flower in my block to curve the edges. To do this, you just use the wood tools, and hammer gently on the top. Make sure you hammer onto all the edges – and the block has different depths, depending on what kind of curve you want. I just wanted a nice shallow curve that would give a slight 3-D effect.
Then, set your rivets!
Just line up your metals and pop the rivet through. Line the back cap up, and place it face down on your rubber block. Position your rivet setter over the back of the rivet, curved side down, and give it a firm tap with your hammer. This will snap the back of the rivet on and secure all your pieces.
Then, I added a pair of holes at the top of my pendant (I have a hand punch that works well for this) a jump ring to each, and attached an 18 inch chain. I cut the chain in the middle and attached the two pieces separately, but you could always thread it through both – depends what look you like!
I just love having and wearing these totally one-of a kind pieces!
Are you into stamping and riveting? What is your favorite piece you have made?
(Also – if you’re reading this before November 3, 2013 – there’s a giveaway going on right now for an ImpressArt metal stamping kit! Add to your font collection or get yourself started stamping!)