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Introduction to Hand Stamped Jewelry

Updated on November 10, 2014
Brushed finish
Brushed finish | Source

How I started making hand stamped necklaces

I stumbled upon personalized jewelry while browsing around online one day and was immediately hooked. The steps were simple and it looked easy to make. Once I figured out the supplies I needed to get started, I began hammering away in my basement and never looked back.

Hand stamped metal charm necklaces have been growing in popularity in the past few years. I believe what makes them so popular is the ability to personalize and make them totally your own.

How is it Done?

Each piece of stamped jewelry is unique, as each stamped letter are not pressed by machine but by individual stamping tool, and stamped by hand. You can buy a set of stamping letters from online suppliers or some local hardware stores. For beginners, I would recommend buying the cheapest letter set you can and cheaper metal like copper or brass to practice first as it takes practice to get the letters align the way you want it to.

Each stamping tool is hit hard with a hammer and then oxidized so the letters appear dark. Final polishing is required and if you want to sell this type of jewelry, I recommend finishing it off with a wax and a sealant to make it look more professional and have it last longer.

Mirror finish
Mirror finish | Source

Different Final Finishes

There are various styles you can achieve with hand stamped jewelry. You can create them with a mirror finish. This finish is very high polished and reflective. There is also a rustic finish where the letters may not be perfectly aligned and hammered marks are artfully added to the charms. Gives it a very worn and antique look. Lastly, you can also achieve a brushed finish look which is modern and clean. I love that brushed finishes are very forgiving to scratches.

Rustic look
Rustic look | Source

What you can make with Hand Stamped Charms

  • necklace
  • bracelet
  • earrings
  • wine charms
  • key chain
  • golf ball marker
  • dog tags
  • labels (those baskets you have in your linen closet that do not come with labels..)
  • soap container labels

If you are thinking of selling your craft, have you read these yet?

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Here Are Some Ideas You Can Personalize With

  • name
  • initial
  • names of children
  • birth dates
  • funny phrase
  • inspirational quote
  • longitude and latitude of a special location
  • names or labels of organized items


Supplies to make Hand Stamped Jewelry

In this article you have learned what hand stamped jewelry is all about and the different types of jewelry and finishes you can create. Read on to get the list of basic supplies you will need and a beginner's guide on how to make your own hand stamped metal pendant. If you are ready to move on to the next step of selling your creations, the supply list can help point you to the supplies you can work with right away and start selling!


Now that you know how to make your own hand stamped jewelry, do you still have unanswered questions? I would love to hear from you. I am currently working on a course to help people get started making money online with their products. In this course, I plan to cover some of the following topics in more detail:

  • things to consider before selling your handmade products
  • which platform should you consider setting up shop (Etsy or own website etc)
  • some platform how-tos
  • should you blog to market yourself?
  • how to cope with social media, marketing and making your products
  • and more

If you think you will benefit from this course and wants to help me gauge interest,sign up here or add your comments here.

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    • LingAbson profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario

      AnLoHi, Renaissance Wax comes highly recommended and finishing spray from Krylon or brush on varnish.

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      7 years ago

      What kind of wax and sealer do you use on your stamped pieces? Is the sealer spray? Brush on? Any details would be appreciated!

    • LingAbson profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario

      varonny : awww..thanks! I love making jewelry and really enjoy showing others how to do it. If this has inspire you to try, whoo-hoo!

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      Veronica Almeida 

      7 years ago from TORONTO

      Gotta say it reads like you've been writing here for a long time! great hub and very useful and interesting information.

      You made me want to go out there and try make metal jewelery myself.

      Congrats! :P

    • PeggyW profile image


      7 years ago

      I engrave jewelry with a laser but this looks pretty cool. I might give it a try.

    • LingAbson profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario

      Loren's Gem: Thanks for your fan mail. Really encouraging especially this is my first hub! :)

      J : Thanks. I love creating these pieces and I do wear them too!

      Dj: Thanks for the fan mail! I would be adding more hubpages so stay tuned!

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      Shawntell Frentz 

      7 years ago

      This is a great idea and the jewelry is very beautiful. I would love to try this, thanks for the ideas.

    • DjBryle profile image


      7 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

      Hey, I am so delighted to find this useful hub. I love to make hand crafted jewelries, I use them and even sell them. Thanks for sharing! Voted up for an awesome hub! =)

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      J Burgraff 

      7 years ago

      I love your hub and I love the jewelry that you featured. It's something I would wear and maybe even, try to make. thanks!

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      Loren's Gem 

      7 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

      Oh these are wonderful ideas! Thanks for sharing. :-)

    • LingAbson profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario

      Poetvix: you're welcome!

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      7 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      This would be a great project for my students. Thanks for the ideas!

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      Bethany Culpepper 

      7 years ago

      Very cute! I love that they are so simple.

    • LingAbson profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario

      Thank you Kalyko!

    • Kalyko profile image


      7 years ago

      Love the hub, thanks for the ideas!


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