Hey friends! I have a magical project to share with you today. This unicorn necklace is a fun piece of DIY stamped jewelry, and I am excited to tell you how I got my hands on such a cute unicorn stamp from today’s sponsor, ImpressArt! ImpressArt has recently made custom metal stamps an available option, so that you can put your own logo or design on your jewelry pieces. You can get great detail on these stamps in sizes from 3mm – 12mm, and so I decided… well, I need to add a fabulous unicorn to my stamp collection.
I am not going to get too heavy into metal stamping for beginners in this post – I have dozens of tutorials here if you browse the metal stamping category from the navigation menu above, or you can also check out my YouTube channel if you want to hear me go into a bit more detail about tools and techniques. And, of course – you can order my book, DIY Stamped Metal Jewelry for yourself or for someone you love. Lots of options to explore more! I’ll list the tools and supplies I used for this unicorn necklace below, so feel free to click through the affiliate to learn more, or to order supplies.
Here’s what I used for my unicorn necklace:
- 6mm ImpressArt custom-ordered standing unicorn stamp
- 4mm ImpressArt Lollipop font
- 2.5mm ImpressArt heart outline stamp
- Steel block
- 1lb brass stamping hammer
- 7/8 inch round Alkeme stamping blank
- 3/8 inch Alkeme tag blank
- Stamp Straight Tape
- Stamp Enamel
- Round Nose Pliers
- Chain Nose Pliers
- Side Cutters
- Hole Punch Pliers
- Awl (for detail, alternately you can use a period stamp)
- 3″ jewelry head pin
- 2×3 mm rondelle crystal bead
- 4mm round crystal bead
- 3 – 10 mm jump rings
- 26″ 2mm cable chain
The custom stamps come with an excellent capacity for fine detail. I found that even with a single hammer tap, I was able to get a great clean impression. When I used the tilt and tap method (where you tilt the stamp to put more emphasis on the outer edges of the design) I found that my impressions were so deep and clear that the blank actually stuck to the end of my stamp. Depending on the detail and size of your stamp (more detail and a larger area will need more force), tilt and tap may be the preferred method – but try a single tap first when testing your new stamp. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
I stamped my message, “I believe in myself” using the Lollipop font on the 7/8 inch blank, and added a few dots to set off the design. On the smaller tag, the unicorn was the star, and I added a little heart as well. Finally, I added a couple small beads to a jewelry head pin to create my own beaded charm, added a 10 mm jump ring to each, and strung all three on 26″ of 2mm cable chain for a long hand stamped charm necklace.
Please feel free to browse the archives for more instructions on how to make stamped jewelry! Today’s post was meant to be more of a review of the custom stamp that ImpressArt has begun to offer, and I’m a huge fan of it. It’s the same great quality as their other design stamps, and I can express myself exactly how I like. If you have a custom logo you’d like to stamp onto your jewelry, or you have a design you’d like to use for cause pieces or fan pieces, you should definitely check out what you can create with this new offering.
Meanwhile, keep on believing in yourself, you magical beasts! If you try this design or something similar, or if you order your own custom stamp, be sure to tag me on Instagram or Twitter @HappyHrProjects or use #AdrianneSurian so that I can see your awesome work.
I’ll catch you guys again soon!