March 10, 2015

Make It: Bit of Luck Hand-Stamped Pendant for St. Patrick's Day

As many of you know, I contribute monthly over on Landeelu. Last month, I shared this fun little hand-stamped pendant for St. Patrick's Day. I've been wearing my pendant already! I hope you get a chance to make one too!


Do you wear green on St. Patrick's Day? Whether you go all out or just need a bit of green to keep you pinch-proof, this little hand-stamped pendant will complete your look.

Start by gathering your tools and supplies.


Supplies:

Ball Chain Necklace (mine was antique finish)
Stamping Blanks (I found an assorted package at my local craft store.)
Green bead dangles/charms/drops
Jump Rings

Tools:

Heart Metal Stamp
Hammer
Steel Bench Block (or durable work surface)
Small Pliers
Optional Stamps: parentheses, lowercase "L", or uppercase "I" for stem


Stamp four hearts on your blank arranged in the shape of a four-leaf clover. I used some masking tape to keep the blank from slipping and to align each stamp. Getting four good impressions evenly spaced can be tricky. It's a good idea to practice on a scrap piece first. If you haven't stamped on metal before, there's a good beginning tutorial on Happy Hour Projects. I also think Beaducation is a great resource for supplies and tutorials.

Once your design is stamped, use a Sharpie to darken the impressions. Polish/wipe to remove excess ink.

Attach a jump ring to your stamping blank. (Remember to twist the jump ring to open and close. Don't pull the ends apart.) Now string the stamped blank and a green beaded charm or two onto the chain to complete your pendant.


There you go! Pinch-Proof and Stylish:)

So, for those of you who might like to give a nod to "POP Culture," I worked up a second design for you. (Pun totally intended!)


For this version, I stamped a shamrock on a shiny silver-toned blank. This time I arranged three hearts and a parentheses to complete my shamrock. But, instead of adding beads/charms, I punched a hole in one of the green "Coca-cola life" bottle caps and added a jump ring. (To make the hole, I used a jeweler's hole punch. If you don't have access to one, try a small nail and hammer. Just make sure to put a piece of scrap wood underneath so you don't ruin your work surface.)

String both on your chain and enjoy!


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