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Stamping

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Stamps are available in a variety of styles; anything from letter and number stamps in a variety of fonts (Photo 1) to large, elaborate design stamps. Use letter stamps to spell out phrases, but don’t underestimate their uses by thinking they can only be used to spell words. They can also be used to create all-over textures or patterns.

Place your metal on a steel bench block. Make sure your stamp is correctly oriented, and rest it on the metal. Gently rock it back and forth until you can feel that it’s flush with the metal. 

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If you want to stamp in a straight line, place a piece of painter’s tape on your metal, and align the bottom edge of your stamp with the tape. You’ll be able to feel when the stamp touches the tape.

Use a rawhide or brass mallet, or a chasing hammer to firmly strike the end of the stamp just once (Photo 2). Striking the stamp more than once will likely result in a double stamp.

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