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Enamelings Tips: Using Rubber Stamps!

September 23, 2014 , In: General, Inspiration, Jewelry, Metalsmithing, Studio, Tutorials
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If you’ve ever walked into a Michael’s or a Hobby Lobby, chances are that at one time or another, you walked out with one of these:

Believe it or not, it’s possible to use rubber stamps and a simple embossing pad (watermark pads work too!) to create patterns on your enameled pieces. Simply load up your stamp with embossing ink, and press firmly onto a previously enameled metal component.

Then sift a very large quantity of a contrasting color onto the component – really load it up.

Firmly tap off the excess (hold the piece by the edges so you don’t smudge) and load it up again to fill in any spots you may have missed. Then place your components on trivets and torch fire until glossy.

The piece on the right just came off the fire – it will cool to match the color on the left.

It really is that simple! Don’t use stamps with very fine lines, which don’t hold the enamel grains too well, but otherwise there are really no limitations.

Components ready to be made into earrings!
(Thanks to my awesome students from today’s enameling class for being patient while I prepped for this blog post – extra special thanks to student Letty Wilde for taking the “action” shots while I did my demonstration.)
So pull out that stash of rubber stamps left over from your scrapbooking days and go to town! And let me see what you create!
Until next time –

Francesca Watson

Francesca Watson got bit by the jewelry-making bug in 2008, when she and a few girlfriends took a simple stringing class at a local bead shop. Now, she is co-owner of The Makery, a working and teaching studio and gallery in the Texas Hill Country outside San Antonio where Francesca creates and teaches metals, wire and enameling full time, and indulges an emerging interest in mixed media. She and her husband Nick have been married since 1989 and have one grown daughter.
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    Have to try this! Thank you for this great tip! 🙂

  2. Reply

    Awesome idea Francesca! Yup, I have one of those in my stash, still sealed. Do you think a heat gun would work, instead of torching?

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    Interesting post and lovely earring charms! Is it a coincidence that the design stamp you chose echoes the new AJE theme? Nice.

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      Ha! Ann, I didn't even notice that – yes, coincidence, but a happy one. 🙂

  4. Reply

    Great post! I haven't tried using stamps with enamel yet but I'm definitely going to have a go after seeing this 😀

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    So pretty and really very easy. One day I'll find the time to play more with Enamel. Thanks for the tips Francesca!

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    Great Idea! I was feeling guilty for all the rubber stamps I keep holding on to and not using. Thanks for the post!

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    What I a great idea Francesca. Thanx. Enamels are something I really want to play with.

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