Well, the world continues to get more interesting or maybe less interesting as each day goes by as we are all having to put things on hold to stay safe for ourselves, our loved ones and our communities. I know that being home for so long can feel strange, but I’m grateful for more time with my family, watching movies, playing board games and of course getting creative time in my art & beading studio! It is my happy place after-all.
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Create Texture on Metal and Make a Beaded Necklace
This week on Free Spirit Beading with Kristen Fagan, I shared how our metal stamping multi-function hammer, stamping tools and metal blanks work to create texture for metal stamped diy custom jewelry!
Size 8 Matte Silver Seed Beads
Metal stamping is a fun and easy way to personalize jewelry and crafts. I used the ball peen attachment hammer head to create this textured metal necklace plate.
Use interchangeable heads to add texture with this Multi-Function Hammer. To use, simply insert an attachment or 6mm stamp into the head, tighten the handle, and stamp repeatedly until desired effect is achieved. The four attachments that come with the hammer are:
Texture Stamp – Add sprinkle pattern texture design
Ball Peen Head – Create artisan hammered textures
Chasing Head – Texture, planish, and shape metal
Nylon Head – Flatten metal without marring
Brass Head attachment add-on is specifically for using letter and shape stamps.
Then, I strung it on Soft Flex beading wire using a loose beading wire link technique. I use twelve 10mm Czech Glass red beads, twelve size 8 seed beads and two strands of 24" Soft Flex beading wire in black to create the links.
Once finished, attach a crimp and lobster claw clasp on one end and a crimp and loop on the other. Crimp with Magical Crimping Pliers.
If you like this idea, you may like these other project ideas that use metal stamping tools:
Metal Stamp Texture Earrings with Soft Flex Wire
Metal Stamping for Beginners
Metal Stamped Love XO Bracelet and Earrings with Moonstone
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Kristen Fagan is the Website Graphic Designer and a Jewelry Making Educator for Soft Flex® Company. She is the co-author of Seed Bead Revolution, an artist and creativity guide. She currently lives in Arizona with her husband, their two sons and two dogs. When she's not painting, drawing or beading, she enjoys reading, yoga, exploring the outdoors and traveling. Her favorite stones are Opal, Turquoise, and Quartz and she can't bead without Bead Stoppers. You can email her at Kristen@softflexcompany.com or visit her Website | Facebook | Instagram