One thing I’ve found to be a personal, meaningful gift to just about any mother is a hand-stamped necklace.

Moms like to keep their families close to their hearts, and this is one way to do it! Using metal stamps is much easier than it might seem, and it allows you to personalize jewelry so that it says anything you like! You can stamp children’s names, birthdates, the word “mother” or “grandmother,” or really anything at all that is meaningful to you. Here’s how to do it. 

You’ll need:

- a steel stamping block

- a hammer

- metal stamps (an alphabet set is great to start with, then you can also get image stamps to add to your collection)

- stamping blanks

- painter’s tape

- black permanent marker

- jewelry polishing cloth and/or cotton swab and rubbing alcohol 

These materials can be found at any craft store. I found mine at Micheals and the metal stamps I purchased at Goodybeads.com. 

Step 1: The first step is to place your steel stamping block on a solid surface. You can use a non carpeted floor, a countertop, or a very solid table. The rubber feet on the bottom of the block will protect the surface underneath from any damage caused by the force you’re using as you stamp.

Step 2: Once you’ve picked a good spot, select your stamping blank and tape it to your block. This will prevent the blank from moving while you’re trying to stamp. For this necklace, I chose a long, thin rectangular blank, but they’re also available in circles, squares, hearts, and other shapes. My favorite kind of blank to use is ImpressArt’s Soft Strike line. This one is made of pewter, and it’s amazing how easy it is to get a clear, deep impression with just one tap of the hammer.

Step 3: Next, you need to decide what word{s} you want to use and pull the necessary alphabet stamps out. I like to arrange mine in the order I’m going to use them. It’s always a good idea to count out how many letters and spaces you’re going to use, then begin with the center letter and work outward to each side. That ensures that your phrase will be where you want it. Also, if you have a larger blank, it’s great to use a piece of tape as a straight edge for lining up your stamps so that they’re all even.

Step 4: To make the piece easy to read from a distance, I like to give it an oxidized look in a really simple way. All I do is use a black permanent marker and color over the whole design, making a special effort to get the ink down in the crevices. Then, I wipe the surface with a cotton ball lightly dipped in rubbing alcohol. All the excess marker comes right off, but what’s down in the crevices remains! Easy peasy! 

That’s all there is to it, friends! Tape, stamp, color, clean, and you’re done! If you’d like to see step-by-step photos to help walk you through the process, they’re all available on my blog One Artsy Mama. These necklaces are such special keepsakes and will be something you and the other moms in your life can treasure for a lifetime.