Season’s Greetings Stamped Necklace

Time and energy were not on my side this year when it came to planning yuletide gifts, but I did manage to hammer out a few good pieces just in time for family celebrations. My cousin is a globe hopper and her most recent travels (Italy for Thanksgiving) inspired me to do something with a bit of international flare for her present. 

24″ stainless steel ball chain with connector
Antique brass beaded charm
1/16″ letter stamp set
1″ aluminum blank with drill hole
7mm anodized aluminum jump ring
Jewelry pliers
Jewelry anvil
16-ounce claw hammer
Rubber hammer
Electrical tape

The steel bench block jewelry anvil is one of my smarter purchases in the last year, cutting down on the time and anxiety I had in all the years I used my improvised work surface (a Missouri clay brick wrapped in painter’s tape).

The electrical tape ended up being a lifesaver when it came time to stamp — making sure the blank stayed fixed to the anvil, and giving me a clear visual mark to make sure the letters lined up straight when I stamped them.

For the text, I selected greetings in languages for the countries my cousin visited on her recent trips (Italy, France, Germany, Turkey, Spain). For the charm, I went with an antique brass piece I had in my craft storage — the shape reminded me of the Eiffel Tower.

I was really pleased with how this one turned out — and my cousin loved it. What do you guys think?

~ by blackmoodcraft on December 27, 2015.

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