A jewellery maker looking to add a professional touch to his designs should consider adding a custom stamped jewellery tag. The tag helps others to identify his jewellery, and can act as advertisement. By investing in a few basic tools, you can stamp metal tags with your logo to hang from bracelets and necklaces.
Hole punches come in different forms. They all allow you to make a hole for the ring that will suspend the jewellery tag. You may use a hand-held plier punch that you squeeze to create a hole in the tag. You can also use a screw-down model. You insert the metal tag into a clamp fitted with a screw head. As you tighten the screw it forges a hole into the piece of metal. Some punches come with two different diameter punches for making holes of different sizes.
If you would like to create a concave surface on round jewellery tags, use a dapping block and punch. The block has a concave surface and the punch has a domed top. Pace the tag into the concave hole in the block and centre the domed punch on top of the metal. As you tap the opposite end of the punch, it creates a curve in the tag.
A bench block will create a sturdy surface that does not give way so you can stamp the tag. A bench block is a solid piece of hardened metal. It comes in a size as small as 2 inches by 2 inches, which most hobbyist find sufficient when stamping jewellery tags. You can find a larger bench block if you prefer to work with more space.
Stamp designs for jewellery tags onto a piece of metal called a blank. This precut piece of metal comes in different sizes and shapes, such as round, oval, square or heart-shaped. Choose blanks in sterling silver, gold-plate, brass or copper. If you prefer a custom shape, cut your own from a sheet of your preferred metal.
Jewellery stamps look like large nails, but have a relief with a marking on the end. The relief could be a letter, flower or other design, or you can have a custom relief made. Position the jewellery stamp on top of the blank and then strike the opposite end of the stamp with a hammer to create an impression in the blank.
To keep from accidentally hitting your fingers with a hammer, purchase a stamp holder. Place the stamp in the holder and tighten it. Then place the stamp in the appropriate position on the tag using the holder.
Purchase an inexpensive household hammer from a hardware store to tap the stamps to make impressions. Don't use your jewellery-making hammer for this purpose; the head of the stamp will quickly damage the jewellery-making hammer's delicate head.
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