Y’all might find even more satisfaction in making your own flat
stamp… Not difficult to do.
Find some oil hardening drill rod or square stock at one of the
machine tool suppliers. Water hardening steel will work too. Using
needle files and rotary tools you’d be surprised at what you can do!
The material is cheap, and if you don’t like the way your first,
second, or third attempt looks - it’s no big deal to file or grind it
off and try again. When you get a result you like, go ahead and
harden the steel and temper it. (There are dozens of instructions on
how to this on line, but I’m willing to post it if enough people get
Test the stamp on a some copper or a piece of scrap silver. If you
like it - great - if you don’t, you can still anneal it and make
If you intend to bend the shank of the stamp to use it for an inside
ring stamp, I usually do that before I carve or engrave the logo,
symbol, or letter. Also allow for the curve you’ll need inside the
shank by filing it to shape BEFORE you carve the design.
I think that these handmade stamps have much more character and
personality. If your hallmark is going to require a machine made
look, by all means order one made from any of the dozen or so
suppliers that have been mentioned here over the years.
I have several hallmarks that I made many years ago and registered
in Mexico, while I was residing and working there.
My very first hallmark (from 37 years ago) was an “M” in the
undulating shape of a snake. It has a recognizable head and a rattle
on his tail… (Yes, I was working in the Southwest back then - just
outside of Phoenix, Arizona, to be specific.)
Brian P. Marshall
Stockton Jewelry Arts School
Stockton, CA USA