Metal stamping crafts cover a wide range of items and materials---foils, sterling, copper, jewellery, home accessories, book covers, framed artwork. Place verses and words of inspiration on metal using letter stamping tools. Stamp thin metal to create an embossed design to apply to a craft project. Give stamped metal an aged look using metal patina techniques.
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Use Marie Browning's book "Metal Crafting Workshop" as an encyclopedia of ideas and techniques for metal stamping projects. Her design technique using rubber stamps to create a stamped image on metal is discussed in detail and projects using this technique are included along with a materials list, instructions and photographs. Embossing is added to metal stamp designs for colour and texture. Metal stamping design ideas include metal bookmarks, metal jar labels, and decorative metal plates to be added to plain votive candle holders, drinking glasses and other objects.
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Learn the art of oxidising stamped metal using liver of sulphur. Stamp words, letters or shapes into the metal and make them "pop" and become the focal point when the design is darkened with the liver of sulphur. Linda and Opie O'Brien give instructions on using this method ion their book "Metal Craft Discovery Workshop". Photos and step-by-step instructions are provided.
Metal Logo Tags
Add a stamped metal logo or nameplate to handmade jewellery, to luggage (makes them easier to identify when rolling off the airport baggage carousel) or personalise a set of keys. Use the symbols in a metal stamp set for a quick easy process. Consider an ampersand, exclamation mark or the dollar sign. Combine them with initials, single letters or small words. For business logos, consider having a custom die made of the logo. Use the stamped metal logo design to identify business property and promotional items or as a visual calling card by attaching them to the products the company makes. The Rings 'n Things blog contains more ideas on how to make metal tags and complete this idea inexpensively.
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