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Stamped guitar pick key ring for Father's Day

Create a special personalized keepsake for Dad or Grandpa using easy stamping techniques and this fun shape
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Stamped guitar pick key ring for Fathers Day Photo A
Photo A

SUPPLIES

  • Guitar pick-shaped copper blanks
  • small copper heart shape
  • key ring and brass hook
  • sturdy brass jump ring

TOOLS

  • letter stamping set (PHOTO A)
  • hammer
  • bench block
  • sandbag or other cushioning surface (I use a folded kitchen towel)
  • tweezers
  • glue 
  • pliers
  • ruler or straight edge
  • masking or painter’s tape
  • Sharpie marker - black, ultra fine point
  • Metal hole-punch or drill
  • 0000 grade fine steel wool

There are many Etsy sites that sell blanks. I often use Annie Howes. Key rings and brass hooks also available from many Etsy sellers or from your local hardware store.

INSTRUCTIONS

Stamped guitar pick key ring for Fathers Day Photo B
Photo B
Stamped guitar pick key ring for Fathers Day Photo C
Photo C
Stamped guitar pick key ring for Fathers Day Photo D
Photo D
Stamped guitar pick key ring for Fathers Day Photo E
Photo E
Stamped guitar pick key ring for Fathers Day Photo F
Photo F

1. With the Sharpie marker, draw a dot near the top of the guitar pick. Use that hole as your guide to punch or drill a hole.

2. Draw a vertical center line from the dot to the tip of the guitar pick. Draw horizontal guide lines for the stamped words. (PHOTO B)

3. On a piece of paper, write out the words you will be stamping. Make sure to note the center of each phrase. The center letter or space will be directly below the hole. Organize or pull out the stamps that you’ll need for your phrase. 

4. Set up your bench block and tools. You always want your bench block to rest on something that will absorb the force from the hammer blow. If you stamp on a solid surface like a table or countertop, your hammer will bounce back and you risk getting blurry imprints. Some people use a small sandbag or similar for their bench block; I just use a folded kitchen towel. Pull out the letters that you’ll be using and have them at the ready. 

5. Put a layer of tape along the line you are stamping. (PHOTO C) The tape both gives you a straight edge to follow, and also holds your metal in place on your bench block. 

5. Start on the center line and work out to each edge. In other words, for the word “DAD,”start in the center with “A,” then stamp the “D” on either side. Use the tape to guide the placement of the stamp.  (PHOTO D)

Align the bottom edge of the stamp to the tape. Be sure to hold your stamp straight up, and firmly. Strike a solid blow with the hammer. If you feel like you “missed” and want to hit it again, but sure that your stamp hasn’t moved from its original position.  (PHOTO E) 

6. For each line of text that you stamp, reposition your tape and begin again with the center letter.

7. Darken the stamped letters with the Sharpie marker. Clean off excess with fine steel wool. 

8. Glue the copper heart shape on the small brass circle. You only need the tiniest dot of glue. It sets very quickly, so place it carefully with a tweezer. I prefer Super NEW GLUE from Euro Tool, Inc., but other glues that adhere metal can be substituted. 

9. Slide the big brass ring on to the brass clip and connect the pick with the jump ring.  

10. If you like, you can spray the picks with an acrylic coating like Krylon’s Crystal Clear to maintain the shine. (PHOTO F)

Once you know the basic technique, you can stamp any word or phrases that are meaningful to you! If you do try your own phrase, I recommend that you write it out on paper first, so determine the center of each line of text, and align the text along a straight center line. Remember, stamp from the center, out!  
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