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Stamped bib necklace

Use design stamps to create a richly textured statement piece

The trick to creating a complex stamped pattern is to use guide lines. Plan your pattern, and trace shapes onto your metal to reference as you work. Whether you create a densely stamped surface or prefer a more minimal design, the guide lines will steer you in the right direction!

Click through the gallery below for step-by-step instructions, or click here for the free project PDF.

Materials

  • Copper sheet: 24-gauge (0.5 mm), 6 x 6 in. (15.2 x 15.2 cm)
  • Copper jump rings: 18-gauge (1.0 mm), 4 mm inside diameter (ID); 14-gauge (1.6 mm), 6 mm ID
  • Leather cord, 4 ft. (1.2 m)
  • Hook clasp, or wire to make your own

Tools & supplies 

  • Pencil and paper
  • Fine-tip permanent marker
  • Scissors
  • French shears or jeweler’s saw with a 4/0 blade
  • Hammers and mallets: Chasing or small ball-peen, cross-peen (optional), utility (optional), 1 lb. (16 oz) brass mallet, plastic mallet
  • Metal design stamps: Horseshoe, teardrop, heart, seashell, Deco flower, half sunflower, parenthesis, Kismet letter “O”
  • Steel bench block
  • Circle template, metal disk and washer blanks, coins, or other circular objects
  • Dimpling pliers (optional)
  • Metal hole-punch pliers (1.5 mm) or rotary tool with a #53 (0.059-in./1.5 mm) drill bit
  • Flatnose and/or chainnose pliers, 2

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