Make Your Own Hand-Stamped Necklace

Make Your Own Handstamped Necklace abeautifulmess.com I don’t think I’m alone in this thought, but I love personalized objects. Take any cool object and add a phrase I love, my husband’s or cats’ names, a meaningful song lyric—I’m a total sucker for it all. For Valentine’s Day this year I got a silver bar necklace with my guy’s name engraved, and ever since then I’ve been dying for more personalized necklaces. That’s where the technique of stamping metal comes in! Once you get comfortable with the process, you can make all kinds of personalized projects.

Make Your Own Handstamped Necklace abeautifulmess.comGeneral stamping supplies:
jeweler’s bench block
letter and number punch stamps
-hammer
-masking/painter’s tape
-black marker
-rubbing alcohol (70% isopropyl alcohol)

Supplies for double pendant necklace:
2 bar stamping blanks or circle stamping blanks

jump rings
-necklace clasp (I used a SpringRing style clasp with eyelets included)
-gold necklace chain (something like this one in whatever thickness you want)

Make Your Own Handstamped Necklace abeautifulmess.com OK. First things first. For the basic stamping process, you’ll want to use your masking tape to tape your stamping blank onto your metal bench block. The metal block gives a firm surface behind the blank so your impression will look a lot cleaner (believe me, I tried it on a much softer surface first, and the impression wasn’t nearly as defined). Place your tape so that it holds your blank in place and also gives you a guideline to follow for your phrase. If you want another guideline, you can also place a piece of tape across the top of your blank as well, leaving a gap that is just taller than your letters will be. 

Make Your Own Handstamped Necklace abeautifulmess.com Make Your Own Handstamped Necklace abeautifulmess.com Make Your Own Handstamped Necklace abeautifulmess.com Choose the metal punch stamps that will make your phrase/name/hashtag, and place them in the correct order in front of you. Make sure they are already turned the right way so you don’t get halfway through your phrase and then realize you just stamped the “R” upside down. Totally done that one. I would highly suggest getting a bunch of cheaper blanks to practice on (like these) if you have never stamped before. It took me a while before I got the feel for it, and it helps to have a practice round to test out your phrase and get warmed up before you stamp your item.

Starting with your middle character, hold your stamp in the appropriate place on your blank and use your hammer to do a light tap on the punch stamp, followed by a second firm hit. The first light tap helps you get the feel for where to hit so you can come down much harder on the second hit. Doing more than one big hit may result in getting a second ghost impression if your punch stamp moves at all, but, with a little practice, you should be able to do more than one big hit if you want a deeper impression. I noticed that my particular hitting style tends to leave a lighter impression on lower “limbs” of some of the letters (like on the lower leg of the “R” which makes it look more like a “P”), so on those letters I do one extra hit while I rock my punch stamp slightly towards me to make sure I get the full letter stamped. Once your first character is in place, continue to stamp the letters one at a time on either side until your phrase is complete.

Make Your Own Handstamped Necklace abeautifulmess.com Make Your Own Handstamped Necklace abeautifulmess.comMake Your Own Handstamped Necklace abeautifulmess.com To darken the letters, use a black marker and color over the phrase you just stamped. Put some rubbing alcohol on a soft cloth and wipe over the letters. The marker should be cleaned from the surface but remain in the letters to make the phrase more legible. 

Make Your Own Handstamped Necklace abeautifulmess.com Make Your Own Handstamped Necklace abeautifulmess.com Make Your Own Handstamped Necklace abeautifulmess.com Now that you’ve got the basics down, you can do whatever you want! To make my double bar and double pendant necklaces, I stamped two of the same blanks with related phrases and cut a longer and a shorter length of chain. I used jump rings to attach the blanks to the chain and two more jump rings to attach the two chains to the necklace closure. Since I wanted the necklaces to be one piece with two chains instead of two separate necklaces, I only used one closure per necklace. If you want to keep them separate, just give each one its own closure and you can wear them together as a set or just wear one at a time.

Make Your Own Handstamped Necklace abeautifulmess.com Make Your Own Handstamped Necklace abeautifulmess.com Make Your Own Handstamped Necklace abeautifulmess.com Make Your Own Handstamped Necklace abeautifulmess.com Although you do have to customize your phrase based on how big your stamping blank is (no long, wordy phrases on those tiny bar necklaces, that’s for sure!), you can still do anniversary dates, names, initials, or even hashtags for a little bit of fun. The bottom of my round necklace says “ever ours,” which is the end of a phrase from a Beethoven love letter that Todd and I have written to each other over the years, and I included our anniversary date above it. And of course, I had to do a cat themed version for the shorter bar necklace with our kitties’ initials (Mac & Charlie).

There are so many possibilities with stamping, even outside of jewelry, but this is definitely one idea that makes a great gift for others as well as a gift to yourself. Happy stamping! xo. Laura

Credits // Author: Laura Gummerman, Photography by: Laura Gummerman and Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited using Stella from the Signature Collection 

  • At this time it sounds like WordPress is the preferred blogging platform
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  • Love these! What size were the bars that you purchased? they’re no longer available through that link 🙁

  • Hey just wanted to let you know that you can use any color nail lacquer or enamel paint and rub off immediately and it lasts longer in the lettering. I use nail polish in my stamped rings and it works better than sharpie.

  • Beautiful necklaces, I love both making and receiving personalized things too!

  • What is the exact size of your stamps? I ordered the same stamping blanks that you suggested so I want to get the same size letters! The one shown in the picture is red and the one in the link you provided on Amazon is blue so just checking to make sure on the sizing. I don’t want the letters to be too small. Super excited to try this!

  • What is the exact size of the letter punch stamps that you used? I see that there are many sizes to choose from on amazon and I ordered the same stamping blanks that you recommended. The link you provided for the letter punch stamps takes you to one that is 3mm but it is not the same one shown your picture (your set is red and the linked set is blue) so I just wanted to make sure I get the same size!! Super excited to try this!

  • Amei a ideia, ficou lindo!!!

    Façam uma visitinha no meu site de joias www.isadorajoias.com.br, lá têm joias em ouro 18K lindas e com ótimos preço! ;***

  • I’m dying from your cats’ names! They are fantastic! Now you just need two dogs named Dee and Dennis.

  • Gorgeous! I always have wanted one of these. Now I can make my own. Thanks!

  • I love this project! How did you stamp the hashtag? There’s no stamp for that in the letter sets I’ve seen.

  • Love this, but I’m not seeing the hashtag in the stamps you linked to- is there a one for that?

  • Thanks Laura!
    My biggest fear is punching my fingers with the hammer 😀

    Gabi xo

  • The necklaces are really pretty 🙂
    And I love your hair!

    Have a nice day:)
    Rona from threepinkcats

  • I have been wanting to start making my own jewellery and i think this is where I am going to start! Definitely going to make this for my best friends birthday!

    http://heynicolejoy.blogspot.com

  • These are beautiful! And so the materials for to make them are surprisingly inexpensive. I find that a lot of diy’s require purchasing materials that i’ll never use again and add up in costs, but i can totally see myself using all of this stuff for myself and gifts for every single person I know! A+ crafting!

  • so cute! I love that you can DIY this.. I’ve seen so many gorgeous ones that are crazy expensive!

    Sher
    www.shershegoes.com

  • I absolutely love this! Stamped necklaces can get so expensive so this is a great idea. And I love your hair and lip color in the pics! Gorgeous!

    @shopwhiteplum

  • Oh my goodness! I need to do this!! Such a great idea and inspiration, thank you! xo

    Dimitra @ If The Stiletto Fits
    dimitrajc.wordpress.com

  • I love love love metal stamping – so much so I’ve had to open an etsy store as I have run out of space on my arms.

    The start up costs are pretty expensive though (especially shipping the heavy items to australia), but once you have the equipment the possibilities are endless!
    I have so many rings & bracelets but am definitely going to have to make a necklace now.

    I’m anxiously waiting for my number set to arrive. I’m planning a ring with a heart on one side and our anniversary date on the inside.

  • Where do you come up with this stuff you are freaking fantastic!!!

  • I have spent so much money on these now I am going to make my own. Thanks so much!

  • Those necklaces are so delicate and pretty! I love how they can be custom for everyone. Thanks so much for sharing this!

    http://everydayingrace.blogspot.ca/

  • What a darling idea! My daughters and I like to make jewelry, just for fun. It doesn’t look too hard. I think we can pull it off, lol. Plus, it’s adorable 🙂

    Love and Luck,

    Laurali Star

    http://www.thesecretsurprisinista.com

  • These necklaces are so cute! I love them & that you made them into cat-related things. haha.

    xoxo
    Taylor

  • Beautiful!! Your imagination and ideas have no limit! Why go buy expensive personalize jewelry when you can do it yourself and be so proud about?! Love the idea!
    And Laura you look so cute in these photos! 🙂
    xoxo
    Melodie
    http://www.sevenlivesandmore.com/

  • wow, that looks great. I may have to give that a try. Need to find some of the tools..

  • It helps to hit from an angle or kind of put the stamp at an angle after stamping head on so the letters aren’t half there like in some of the photos. It takes a while to get this right, i’ve stamped hundreds of necklaces and still mess them up half the time.

  • Hi Laura! Those necklaces are great! I think I might try making some this summer with my kids!

    Quick question. I am always on the lookout for the perfect white tee. Yours is lovely. Do you mind sharing where you got it?

    Thank you!

    Jenni

  • Thanks! I actually already did a hair tutorial here:
    https://abeautifulmess.com/2013/03/how-to-style-mega-waves.html

    Laura 🙂

  • This is a lot easier than I would have expected. And I’m surprised at how affordable that letter stamp set is! I would’ve guessed it would cost a lot more. Definitely makes this DIY seem a lot more do-able!

  • love this! and you are SO gorgeous!!!!
    xxoo,
    nikki

    www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

  • Yes, they are! They are also names from our favorite Steinbeck books as well 🙂

    Laura

  • Hi Treana!
    Yes, it looks like that link was sold out, these should work fine:
    http://shop.hobbylobby.com/products/7mm-gold-plated-spring-rings-with-eyelets-229666/

    Your link looks like the right size if you want silver, but make sure to get a clasp that has the eyelet with the spring ring so you have something to connect both sides of the chain to. Have fun!

    Laura 😉

  • wowwy these are awesome!!!

    xx
    The Ladies of Nikita & Vesper

    www.nikitaandvesper.com

  • Super cute – and no where as labor intensive as I thought it would be 🙂

  • Thanks SO much Laura! I am sure I’ll be blogging about my update over at treanastransitions.wordpress.com … but for now, I’ll just be dreaming of necklaces and your scrumptious kelly moore bag that I registered for 😉

  • Funny, I was going to ask the same exact thing! Wait, does that make me a “creepster” too?? 😉

  • So beautiful necklace and photos!! 🙂
    Love it <3

    http://mademoisellejuliet.blogspot.com/

  • Great tutorial, I was wondering how this was done. PS. Your hair is beautiful! Tutorial for that, please!

  • Super cute. I would stamp the dates of the birth of each of my children as well of my husband and I. 🙂 And maybe do one for our wedding date and stamp “forever” on another plate.

    http://xfallenmoon.blogspot.com

  • love this tutorial, i’m also a sucker for hand stamped pieces. also, are your cats named after mac and charlie from it’s always sunny in philidelphia? just a question 🙂

  • It takes under an hour to make one, getting the chains measured just where I wanted was actually the longest part!

    Laura 🙂

  • Beautiful! (I second Danielle’s request for info on the wide gold (left-hand) ring)!

  • Kinda creepster, but where’s the thick gold ring from? I’ve been looking for one like that for awhile!

  • aw i don’t have the tools to do it myself, but i really love the result!

  • Question: can you PRETTY please link to the spring clasps that you used? The amazon link is no good and the ones I am finding on Etsy seem to have pretty small hooks…Or are these the right ones? https://www.etsy.com/listing/105216380/20-silver-plated-brass-spring-ring

  • This is the best idea. I’m going to have to try this…when I have a few hours to spend on ruining little blanks before I get it right 🙂

    xx Sarah
    Loser Girl Wins // Bloglovin

  • This is so very pretty! Not sure whether I’d have the confidence to try this, but mabe I’ll try!

    Love from Europe,

    Bambi

    http://lasagnolove.blogspot.de/

  • Hey Holly!
    Laura’s first post ever was this hair tutorial actually. 😀 Here you go- https://abeautifulmess.com/2013/03/how-to-style-mega-waves.html

    xx! Elsie

  • love this! the bar ones are really cute too.
    Lauren | OhHay Blogs!
    xxx

  • Such a great idea…could make some nice personalized gifts out of it 🙂
    How long did it took you to make one necklace?

  • I always love how you put a kitty spin on your DIY projects. Love kitties!

    -Alex from Alex After Five

  • This is fantastic! Making these for everyone I love this weekend! As an a silly aside, she is wearing the perfect tee too. Do you have info on the fashion?

  • Thank you for sharing this technique. Love the result and how simple it really is to make these custom necklaces.
    x Eveline from fragilityofbeauty.com

  • okay,

    I love the necklace love…but omg…how did you do your hair like that? It’s the perfect beach wave! I think we need that tutorial;-)

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