Hi Sevi! The hardest part is getting the stamp straight, centered,
etc. Especially if you’re using two stamps (i.e., logo and quality
marking). Takes practice.
I use a hammer with a brass head, available from most jewelry
suppliers, for all my stamps. The brass is softer than the steel, and
will take the punishment, rather than causing the top of the stamp to
I use a Delrin block as the backing block when I stamp. Doesn’t
cause the metal to thin like using a steel block or anvil, but you
may have to use a mallet to flatten the metal after it is stamped.
Not as bad, however, as using a “soft” block like wood.
I have experimented with trying to stamp with one mighty “whack”, or
tapping repeatedly. I find the repeated tapping (mild whacking) gives
me better results, rocking the stamp toward the four points of the
compass to make sure an even impression is made. Not too far, though,
as you don’t want the edge of the stamp to leave a mark.
Sorry if this is over-obvious, but the surface area covered by the
stamp will have a bearing on how much you have to hit it. A small
"14k" stamp will only take a couple taps while a big logo or name
stamp, or “sterling” will require more effort. Kind of like comparing
a stiletto heel with a hiking boot.
As a side note, I find it almost impossible to replace a stamp into
the original impression for more tapping. I usually end up with a
miserable double-impression. Best to make sure its done right the
What metal? I guess it depends on what its being hung. Sterling
silver is always nice. By the way, I believe Rio Grande has metal
tags in various shapes and sizes, ready to be stamped. No
affiliation… just a frequent customer!
All the best,
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)