If you're a DIYer or a crafter, you definitely need to checkout Darby Smart, the monthly DIY/crafty subscription box. If you remember, last month was my first month and I received a wood burning kit. This month's box was even more awesome. It's a metal stamping kit and I had to stop myself from going crazy and stamping all the metal things I own.
The kit came with the following:
- A hammer
- Metal alphabet stamps
- Metal block
- 9 blank metal pendants with a ball chain
I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to do with this project so I literally just started hammering.
I chose two of the round pendants and put Mr. T on one and my name on the other.
It's really easy to do. Just select the pendant and then tape it to the metal block. Use a pen or a pencil to make marks to guide where the stamps should go. I wasn't going to do this at first, but I strongly recommend it since the stamps are so long and the letters are so tiny.
I did find it a little hard to see the letters and I actually confused the f and the t at first, but it's pretty easy to figure out which letter is which by comparing it to the others.
Then just put the stamp where you want it to be and hammer. I gave it a couple of strong hits and it was fine for me. You could do it a bit more to make the imprint deeper. You'll also likely notice that some of the tape kind of comes off in the letters. I just rubbed my finger along the letters and it came off pretty easily.
I wanted to play with some of the other smaller pendants so I made one that said love. I used the same method as above. Personally, I like the bigger, round pendants the best because I found that much easier to get the letters straight. But having the letters a little crazy doesn't really bother me.
I'm thinking I will make a few others and then put them on the ball chain for a necklace. I'm going to use the round pendants with our names as key chains so we can easily tell our keys apart.
This kit has so many possibilities. I'm really excited about it. And, of course the bride-to-be in me is plotting on how I can incorporate this into some personal touches for the wedding.