Beaded Metal Stamped Coordinates Bracelet Tutorial



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I wanted my first post back to be a tutorial and because I'm in a metal stamping way lately, I though I'd share this tutorial for a beaded metal stamped coordinates bracelet.

I looked up coordinates for The Heartbeat but I realized I didn't have a quotation marks stamp (reminder: get punctuation marks stamp set). What I could use to replace it didn't look good, so I changed from Lat/Long N/W coordinates to decimal coordinates. (Just in case you're not sure where to find coordinates, I used the site What's My GPS to help me out.)

You can check out the tutorial in this video or you can skip down to see the written instructions.

 


Beaded Metal Stamped Coordinates Bracelet

Supplies:
Tools:
  • number metal stamp set
  • dot metal stamp
  • bench block
  • brass hammer
  • hole punch
  • two pliers (to open and close chain/jump rings)
  • ruler
  • metal file (to shape edges of metal strips)
  • rubber mallet
  • steel wool
  • polish pad or cloth
  • bracelet bending pliers (or similar)
Instructions:
Before starting, I measured around my wrist and drew a line with this length on a piece of paper. I then sketched how long I wanted the metal pieces and focal bead piece to be. For the focal beads, I strung beads on a headpin, cut off the head, and then looped both ends. After that, I cut the metal pieces and used a metal file to smooth the rough edges and round the ends. 
Beaded Metal Stamped Coordinates Bracelet Tutorial - ThatNewMommy Makes --
Beaded Metal Stamped Coordinates Bracelet Tutorial - ThatNewMommy Makes --
Once I was satisfied with their shape, I used the hole punch to make a hole on each end of the metal pieces. Then, I measure the length between each hole and used a pencil to mark the middle. 
Before stamping, I counted the characters in the coordinates I was going to stamp to figure out which was the middle character. This is the one I started stamping with placing the metal stamp over the pencil mark I made previously. I stamped the characters to the right and then, working backwards, I stamped the characters to the left. 
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Beaded Metal Stamped Coordinates Bracelet Tutorial - ThatNewMommy Makes --
Due to the hard blows I was giving the metal stamps, the aluminum curved downwards along one of the long edges. They also slightly curved upwards along the short edges. To straighten the pieces out, I softly hit them with a rubber mallet until they went back to their original shape.
Although you can use permanent marker to darken what was stamped, I prefer using ink, particularly Vintaj Patina in Onyx which I mistakenly called "Ebony" in the video (^ᗨ^✿) . I used a cotton swab to apply the ink to one piece then to the second piece as the first one dried. When the ink was dry (which happens very quickly), I removed the excess ink using steel wool and rubbing softly in a left-right motion.
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Beaded Metal Stamped Coordinates Bracelet Tutorial - ThatNewMommy Makes --
Beaded Metal Stamped Coordinates Bracelet Tutorial - ThatNewMommy Makes --
With my bracelet bending pliers, I pressed one of the aluminum strips in the center first, then on each end. Lastly, I ran pliers from end to end. This process was done also on the other metal piece.
I removed four loops from the colored chain using two pliers and used these loops to attach the metal pieces together with the focal beads in between them. 
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Beaded Metal Stamped Coordinates Bracelet Tutorial - ThatNewMommy Makes --
Finally, placing the almost completed bracelet around my wrist, I eyeballed how many chain loops I would need to attach the clasp and finish the bracelet.
As you can see in the video, I miscalculated the amount of loops I needed and the bracelet fell a little lower on my wrist than I like. But, a quick fix made the bracelet fit to my taste.
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Have fun making your own beaded metal stamped coordinates bracelet. When you make it, don't forget to share it with me on Twitter or Instagram @ThatNewMommy. (◕ᴗ◕✿)

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