I fell in love with hand stamped jewelry last year when I discovered Etsy and all the wonderful hand made goodies out there. It's enough to make a girl swoon. I would see things all over the place and my heart would skip a beat.
But the $63 price tag made me gag a little (I'm not undermining her skills, it's just not something I could justify spending $60 odd dollars on).
But then I found out that wonderfully crafty woman I know who also happened to stamp jewelry (not naming any names.... 'Sierra'). Huzzah!!
So, after a few quick lessons, and a little bit of snooping around on the world wide web, I tried my hand at it. Admittedly the first time was a little, well imperfect. But after practicing on some scrap pieces and doing a little more research, I finally got a little more confident and decided to try again. But what to make?
I loved this idea:
|( from The Pink Monogram)|
And I thought this was pretty cool:
|(from PureRoxinPrint, an Etsy seller who no longer carries them)|
Then I saw this and inspiration struck:
And since it was just an image on Pinterest, with no link to any store, I figured I would wing it and make it my own.
This is the end version (it does need some polishing, but you get the general idea):
And the best part, it was essentially free, since I already had everything on hand from other jewelry crafts I had been trying. So, as you can see, it has four tags with each of our initials and the the ever popular '<3'. And since it came out rather well, I made a necklace as well, taking a little inspiration from the 'Mr & Mrs' pendant above.
Of course, after I had done it, I realized I had done the 'S' upside down, but hey, it's hand made.
So, all in all, not a bad way to spend an afternoon while Little P slept.
And what says you? Did I 'nail them'?