More tricks up my sleeve

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As a result of the metalsmithing classes that I took recently one technique that I really found intriguing was hand stamping and hammering. I purchased a few unique stamps which are 3 1/4″ tall steel tools that I then hammer into the sterling silver leaving behind a gorgeous and unique design.   In the piece shown above I used letter stamps and a ball hammer.

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On this piece I used a pansy stamp and on the backside I stamped initials of, in this case, grandchildren.

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Another version with a daisy stamp.

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I do plan on listing them in my shop but am presently out of supplies. Hopefully within the week.

Each pendant has a hammered border, they are oxidized and then polished for visual texture and are tumbled (in a rock tumbler with steel shot)  to make them extra smooth and shiny.

The possibilities are endless as I’m experimenting with both earrings and toe rings!

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