Wednesday, March 27, 2013

DIY Spoon Stamping

I got into a silver stamping kick lately.  So I thought I'd show you the inexpensive, quick way I did it.  

All you need is a metal stamping set, a nice hammer (you don't have to use a huge mallet like I did, but it has a nice flat head so it doesn't ruin my stamps), and some silver plated utensils.  I bought the Pittsburgh 1/8" stamping set from Harbor Freight.  It was on sale for $8.99.  We have a Harbor Freight by me, so I just picked up a set, quick as a flash.  Then I ran to a few thrift stores looking for silver plated spoons.  That was actually the hardest part.  

Once you have all your supplies, you set up a workstation.  I chose the cement patio because I don't mind if a couple of marks get left behind.  Then.  Before you do ANYTHING else.  Practice.  Use a penny or something.  A penny is softer than the silver but it will give you an idea of how hard to hammer the stamp and how to hold it, etc.  I usually give each stamp 2-3 good whacks.  Once you have a good feel for things, have at it.  

A few tips:  You can measure and mark where you want your letters to be (I am the impatient sort, so I just eye-ball it).  Make sure to hold the stamp quite firm.  If you hesitate, you'll get a double image.  Also, triple check the placement of your stamp so it's right side up and pointing the right way.  Trust me.  Or you might run into a little bad luck.  Literally.  Ha.

To darken the letters after stamping, draw over the lines with a magic marker and then rub off the excess.  I'm not sure if it's food safe with the marker, so keep that in mind.  Happy stamping!


  1. Looks easy but I'm sure it isn't :O) I love the "Yum" spoon!

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