- 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!
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!