How did you get into stamping?
In 2013, I bought a stamped bracelet off Etsy, with my kids names on it. It was greatly admired by my friends, and I was often asked if I’d made it. My reply was always, “No, I couldn’t make something like this!” Finally, after about 6 months of being asked if I could make one for somebody, I finally took the hint and thought, “Maybe I can make these.” I bought a bench block, a letter set, and a book, and there’s been no looking back since.
Is everything stamped on old spoons?
No. Mostly I stamp on aluminum. It’s inexpensive, easy to work with, and doesn’t tarnish, rust, or turn your skin green. One day I would like to start making bracelets and rings out of old silverware, but that’s a little way off yet.
Where do you get your tools?
Mostly online. There aren’t any places in Victoria to buy metal stamps, other than the occasional over-priced set at Michaels. I lurk at bead and jewelry shows, and order online, mostly through Etsy.
Is stamping hard?
No, not at all! If I can do it, you can do it. It took a while to be able to stamp in a straight line, and to stop hitting myself on the hand, but otherwise, it’s easy peasy.
Why don’t you have silver or gold jewelry?
Too pricy! I want my work to be beautiful and affordable. To buy a 6 inch bracelet blank in silver would cost at least $20, never mind shipping and the cost of my time and tools. The finished product would be at least $40. My aluminum bracelets sell for $15, and look just as nice.
Can you get a _____ design stamp?
I probably can! If there’s a particular design you want, it’s always worth asking. There are hundreds of great stamps out there, and I’m always adding to my collection.