Monday, June 28, 2010

Steel stamping



We had family in town last week and Sarah organized a really fun craft using bottle caps and washers.  She had the kids decorate the inside of bottle caps with paper, stickers and gems and then glued a strong magnet on the back.  She then hung a washer from some twine and the kids were able to magnetize their bottle caps to the washer necklaces.  When they want a different look they can pull off the bottle cap and replace it with a different one.  The kids had a blast!  


Since we had to pull out the washers anyway, I thought I'd open up a steel stamping set that I bought about a year ago and have never used.  I bought the set at Harbor Freight.  The sets range from $5-$20.  Relatively inexpensive and oh so entertaining.  
Place the washer on concrete and stamp the letters with a hammer. It takes a little getting used to.  

Some of the washers had old paint on them already.  


Others I rubbed with gel stain or white paint after stamping.  





12 comments:

  1. Those look great! I have a set of those stamps but haven't got the hang of it yet.
    {Rebekah}

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  2. Very, very cool! I got a set, too. But I swear I couldn't do it! It didn't matter how hard I hit, I couldn't seem to make a dent in the washers. Any tips or ideas on what I'm doing wrong and how I can make them work?

    Thanks!
    Nancy

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  3. I had the same issue the first time I tried about a year ago. I had really big washers, so that may have been the problem. I also figured that I should be able to stamp it with one hit. Now I hold the stamp and hit it two or three times to get a good impression. I hope that helps:)

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  4. You probably need a metal block to go under it. I couldn't get a dent either, then with the block, it actually works, and is super easy! I got mine at the same place that I got the stamps. Makes a huge difference. Good luck!

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  5. What a fun idea! My kids would LOVE this!

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  6. Thanks for the help!!!!! I really appreciate it!

    Nancy

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  7. I think those are the cutest stamped washers that I've seen.

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  8. I love this idea and would love to get a set, what size of set do you have?

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  10. These are great! I found a steel stamping alphabet at a yard sale over the weekend, with specifically this idea in mind! Can't wait to try!

    I have included a link in my weekly roundup of creative/inspiring/fun ideas, blogged here:
    http://www.camilledawn.com/2010/07/tuesday-tumblr-4.html
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Camille
    Mother✭Lode
    http://www.camilledawn.com

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  11. Very cool. I will have to be on the lookout for one of those metal stamping sets.

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