Do you sport green on St. Patrick’s Day? Whether you go all out or just need a bit of green to keep you pinch-proof, this little hand stamped pendant will complete your look.
Start by gathering your tools and supplies.
- Ball Chain necklace (mine was an antique finish)
- Stamping Blanks (I found an assorted package at my local craft store.)
- Green bead dangles/charms
- Jump Rings
- Heart metal stamp
- Steel Bench Block (or durable hard work surface)
- Small pliers
- Optional Stamps: parentheses, lowercase “L”, or uppercase “I” for stem
Stamp four hearts on your blank arranged in the shape of a four-leaf clover. I used some masking tape to keep the blank from slipping and to align each stamp. Getting four good impressions evenly spaced can be tricky. It’s a good idea to practice on a scrap piece first. If you haven’t stamped on metal before, there’s a good beginning tutorial on Happy Hour Projects. I also think Beaducation is a great resource for supplies and tutorials.
Once your design is stamped, use a Sharpie to darken the impressions. Polish/wipe to remove excess ink.
Attach a jump ring to your stamping blank. (Remember to twist the jump ring to open and close. Don’t pull the ends apart.) Now string the blank and a green beaded charm or two onto the chain to complete your pendant.
There you go! Pinch-Proof and Stylish 🙂
On another note, have you seen the new Coca-cola with green labels in stores lately?! I’ll admit I have no idea if I’ll like drinking it, but I couldn’t resist buying a 6-pack. With St. Patrick’s Day coming, I just knew I’d find a use for that green!
So, for those of you who might like to give a nod to “POP Culture,” I worked up a second design just for you. (Pun totally intended!)
For this necklace, I stamped a shamrock on a shiny silver-toned stamping blank. This time I arranged three hearts and a parentheses to complete my shape. But, instead of adding beads/charms, I punched a hole in one of the green “Coca-cola life” bottle caps and added a jump ring. (To make the hole, I used a jeweler’s hole punch, but you could also use a small nail and hammer. Just make sure to put a piece of scrap wood underneath so you don’t ruin your work surface.)
String both on your chain and enjoy!