Making handprint jewelry

With Father's Day right around the corner, I thought I'd share with you the process I use when making handprint jewelry which can be found over on my sister website: www.handprintjewelry.com

Handprints
These are the types of prints I receive from customers

Making a photopolymer rubber stamp  
The prints need to be photoshopped and printed onto a special film, they're then put into the UV light box with a special sachet to create a photo polymer stamp

Making a photopolymer rubber stamp
This is what I use to make the little handprint stamps to impress into the metal clay

Tools for making handprint jewelry
The tools I use to embed the stamp of the prints into the clay

Mug warmer
After the handprints are embedded into the clay, I put them onto a mug warmer to dry them

Handprint jewelry in the kiln waiting to be fired
The keychain has been sanded and is ready to be fired in the kiln at 1300f

Handstamping letters and numbers onto jewelry
This is how I stamp names and dates of birth on my cufflinks. Each one by hand, the steel rods have letters or numbers and are each struck with a hammer

Soldering cufflinks
The pieces are then soldered. After this they go in the pickle to remove the black caused by the reaction of the heat and the copper of the cufflink mechanism. They then go in the tumbler for up to 3 hours to get a high polish.

Adding patina
I then add a patina to give the pieces more oomph! Patina makes the letters and prints black to stand out.

Here's a short video to show you the process

I hope you enjoyed reading about my process! If you have any questions, please do ask in the comments section below!

Joanne


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