Tell Your Story with a Hand Stamped Necklace and a Peek Behind the Scenes
“You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are grey
You never know, dear, how much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away.”
This is the song my friend has sung to her little girl since she was a wee babe. Her little girl is now eight years old and in the 3rd grade, yet the nightly ritual still occurs. She tucks R (her nickname) into bed each night and sings “You Are My Sunshine.” It’s these tiny moments that mean so much and are remembered for a lifetime.
R’s mom cries every time she hears the song. Tears of happiness and joy of the blessing of her baby girl. She came to me and said, “I have to have a hand stamped necklace for my R. It has to say, ‘You are my sunshine.’ The song is part of our lives and I want her to have it forever.” Nuff said, I’m on it girlfriend!
So let’s get started! First, I like to organize all my tools and stamping blanks. So I’ll need my stamps, hammer, something to protect my work surface, the piece (stamping blank) to be stamped on, a piece of washi tape, and my steel bench block. Doesn’t a steel bench block sound fancy? Teehee!
Stamping a string of words is harder than it looks. There is a lot of measuring, practicing on old metal, and adjusting that occurs before the actual piece is hand stamped. I’ll spare you all of those boring trials and get right down to the nitty gritty. I like to tape my stamping block to the steel bench so that it doesn’t slip around as I stamp. I secure the blank with a cute piece of washi tape.
Now the fun begins! I hand stamp on the metal blank, which is tricky with the font set that I have. The letters are very detailed and I have to rock the stamp and bang it several times to make sure all the sides of the letter stamp properly onto the metal blank. You can’t hit too hard though. If you do, the letter will stamp through to the other side. It’s loud and fun!
And here is the finished product…
And another view…
Did you notice the tiny ‘R’ attached near the clasp? I added the 1st initial of her name there as an added little personalization to complete the hand stamped necklace. What do you think? My friend had this to say,
“I Love it!!!!! She is going to love it!!!!! It’s perfect!!!!!”
Ahhhhh, my job is done! This is the best part of being a jewelry designer….making people happy through the work of my hands!
Do you have a story you’d like to tell? I’d love to work with you. And feel free to share this story with all your fancy friends.