Between my mom and I, there's no lack of vintage silver or china...[seriously, we could host a wedding...
] A few 'Round Tops' ago, we noticed some stamped silver pieces, and immediately thought to ourselves, "We can do that!" So we did. We purchased some steel stamps
, and over the Christmas holidays I went to town on stamping silver--and now I can't stop!
The process couldn't be easier, and the finished product makes the sweetest gift! You'll need the following supplies:
- Silverware [I used both silver plate and plain silver]
- Heavy hammer
- Steel stamping set
- Dish cloth
- Sharpie permanent marker (with a fine tip)
- Steel wool
First I used the sharpie to mark a 'guide' for my stamps.
This was definitely a trial and error process as far as making the stamp indentations noticeable enough. The only thing I found that worked was stamping against concrete, however they also sell stamping blocks, if you'd rather go that route. I placed the dishtowel underneath my spoon and gave the stamp a good 10-15 whacks with the hammer. ['Whacks' is a technical crafting term, FYI.]
After I stamped all of my letters, I went back over them with a Sharpie to really make the stamps show up. Make sure you use a fine tip sharpie to get down in the crevices.
After the Sharpie, I ran the spoon under warm water and scrubbed it with a fine steel wool to remove excess marker. And voila! These are dishwasher and food safe!
I made this spoon for a girlfriend that's getting married in the spring. Since it's the New Year, I tied a little bag of detox tea--I mean, we all need to detox 2013! You could also do coffee, hot cocoa, etc...
Here are a few others I made over the holiday. How fun are the cheese marker forks!? I enlisted my dad to cut the stems off and bend them back, but as a set, they'll make a great gift!
My friend, Erin
, has a fabulous blog and paperie shop, Fig + Cotton
[go check it out], so I made her this little spoon to stir her morning coffee as she blogs away!
If you'd like a custom-stamped silver piece for yourself or for a gift, but aren't the 'DIY' type, I'm happy to make it for you! Click the 'contact' button above, and I'd love to create something for you!
Labels: DIY, silverware, stamp