Well I have finally, FINALLY gotten a little bit of creative time in the week, around the new carpet and getting a couple rooms painted, but writing and sharing takes a considerable amount of time. (I’m not complaining, I love it! I’ve been going a little stir crazy not getting my relaxing blogging time in!) But that means that today’s project is going to be a bit sparse on the explanation. I got some new design stamps from my friends at Beaducation and I finally got the play with them!
I will often do kind of a “practice run” on ideas, because believe it or not, I actually have difficulty re-creating the ideas in my head, especially when it comes to stamping. While I do like how this came out, it looks unfinished to me. And I also didn’t quite perfect how I wanted to say my message. I stamped this in aluminum, because using an inexpensive metal for ideas I’m not convinced about is a lot cheaper than stamping on the good stuff. ;) There’s nothing wrong with wearing finished aluminum pieces, don’t get me wrong! It’s great for people with sensitivities to metals, and it’s got a nice shine. I am just not going to waste a silver blank until I absolutely know what I want, though. I may be modifying this design a bit.
Today’s post is not going to be a stamping tutorial – but I do already have one. I will have you check out last spring’s Jewelry Stamping for Beginners if you would like to know more about how to get started stamping.
I was really excited about working in the dandelion and fluff design set, so I started there, making sure I had room for the design and then working the words in around it.
I wanted a nice grouping at the bottom. When I had a look I liked, I moved on to the text.
When I got all my stamping done, I hammered the edges because I knew it was still missing something, and the hammering really helps to finish the look of a piece.
I darkened the text with a Sharpie (because aluminum doesn’t react with liver of sulfur).
In looking at it, I really think what this necklace needs is layers, maybe add a larger disc underneath with an all-over dandelion pattern. I do like how the stamping came out, I would change the wording a little, but the overall piece still looks a bit plain to me. What do you think, any suggestions?