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An Alkeme stamped cabochon tutorial

I showed you some new metal products available from ImpressArt called Alkeme, and now I'd like to share with you how easy they are to work with!  The metal blanks have the look of silver, but are much less expensive and are softer (read easier) to work with when you're stamping.  I gathered up the tools that I received from ImpressArt and went to work, with far greater immediate success than when I worked with copper.

1. Tape your Alkeme blank down to the steel block and use a pen to mark the edges of the tape to help you place the letters properly.  I wanted mine a bit uneven vertically, but I also wanted good horizontal placement, so the tape really helped.

2. Use a wire brush on the blank if you want to rough it up a bit.  I used black acrylic paint and wiped it deep into the indentations.  

3. I bezeled this piece to use in my last Bead Journal Project necklace.

4. Two other Alkeme pieces ended up in my BJP necklace too: washer blanks that I textured with the ball peen hammer.  

As regards FTC disclosure guidelines: I have received tools and materials free of charge from ImpressArt in order to write a review and/or create a project free of charge for you.  I have not been paid for my endorsement as it pertains to the products received.

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Becky Pancake said…
Cyndi stamping is one technique that I struggle with. Your focal is fabulous.
Cyndi L said…
I've found this new alloy a LOT easier to stamp without skips and mistakes, Becky. It's a bit softer than copper or silver, so you can usually do just one hammer strike and avoid the bouncing problem.