Project: Stamped Metal Key Chain

I purchased the mini hammer and metal alphabet stamp set at Harbor Freight for about $15 (together).  The washers I picked up a Lowes.  You can find just about any size you want, but remember…..the bigger they are, the heavier they are on your key chain.  😉  As for the key rings, I recommend if you don’t already have them, you purchase some at a craft store….NOT a hardware store.  I bought a whole bag of about 25 of them at Hobby Lobby for 1.99, vs. the same amount for a 2 pack at Lowes. Plus you can get colored ones if you want.

This is a project you are going to need to do on concrete (or similarly hard surface). Lay your washer down, and place the metal stamp where you want it on the washer, HOLD IT TIGHTLY, and give it 2-3 good hit’s with the hammer.  It’s REALLY important to hold it tight so it doesn’t wander on you.  You will “lose” the look of the letter if it does.  Also, once you center the stamp on the washer, hold very still.  This can be a bit of a challenge, and as you can see by the placement of the “G”, I didn’t do a great job of that.  Hopefully you can do better! 🙂 

Once you stamp all of your letters, use a Sharpie to color them in.  Wipe off the extra ink with rubbing alcohol or a baby wipe. I used a baby wipe, because as you know if you know me, or follow my blog, that baby wipes are good for just about EVERYTHING!!

Here is the finished key chain.  Grandma LOVED it.  🙂

 

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2 responses

  1. I have been wanting to do this FOREVER! Now I think I am finally inspired…thinking about making “charms” with initials for the Relay for Life this weekend.

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