I am trying to find some good sources of well made, unique looking
stamps for metal. Rio Grande only sells sets. There are a few places
I have found on the internet but they only have pdfs of the designs
and they are so pixelated it is hard to tell what they look like.
If anyone can suggest some places to look I’d appreciate it.
Try Indian Jewelers Supply, or learn to make your own. It’s
addictive. I’ve made over 400. IJS has lots of basics that are
probably not be worth the trouble of duplicating. If you make your
own as well, you can give your work a very distinctive and unique
If you’re working with softer metals, like fully annealed silver,
18k yellow or copper, you might want to peruse the Tandy leather
workers’ website, www.tandyleather.com. Once you get there, scroll
down the menu on the left hand side and click on the button marked
“Stamps-Craftool”, and pick and choose as you see fit! While these
punches won’t hold up to prolonged abuse the way dapping dies and
other such metalsmithing dies and punches will, they’re good for a
half-dozen or so uses, before they move on to be used as other
things (translation: “recycled”), but they’re priced accordingly, so
why not, right?
All the best,
Douglas Turet, G.J.,
Turet Design, LLC
P.O. Box 242
Avon, MA 02322-0242