This was a fun little bracelet I whipped up with my metal stamps. The letters are from my original basic set (a simple, industrial font seemed to be the best fit for football) and the horseshoe is from ImpressArt Metal Stamps. (If you’d like to read more about ImpressArt, I reviewed some of their stamps earlier this month.) If you’ve been struggling as a beginner with metal stamping, another medium you may want to try is clay – because if you goof it up, all you have to do is squish it and roll it back out again – and no hammer necessary!
What you’ll need:
Polymer Clay – this is just a pinch out of the package of silver Sculpey clay I’ve been working with
Roller and Wax Paper
Small clay cutter
Toothpick for making holes
Acrylic paint, a fine paintbrush, and paper towel
Cotton or hemp twine
Optional crimp ends or end caps
Pinch off a bit of clay. The package come divided into four bricks, this was about 1/4 or 1/3 of one brick. roll it out to 1/4 inch thick.
I didn’t have the exact shape cutter that I wanted, so here is how I improvised.
I cut it square, and then rolled it out a little more so that it became more rectangular, and slightly rounded on the ends. You can use a toothpick to push your edges into place if anything looks uneven.
Then, I used my stamps to carefully press my design in.
Tadaa! Now, use a toothpick or something similar to make holes big enough to accommodate your twine. Then, bake your charm according to the package directions.
Once it cooled, I used a fine-tipped paintbrush and some blue acrylic paint to darken my impressions. I just used a damp paper towel to wipe away the excess.
Then, determine exactly how long you need your bracelet to be, and trim up the ends evenly.
What piece of fan gear would you like to make?
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