I pulled out a strip of copper and a round of nickle silver and ImpressArt letter stamps from PJ Tool & Jewelry Supply the guys who have been so fantastic about sending me stamps and tools to give away here on the blog. Zack decided he wasn't just "Zack" but "Zack!", complete with exclamation point (the new stamp sets not only have the alphabet, but include cool symbols, too).
First, I gave Zack a texturing hammer. I love this hammer from Beaducation because the heads screw off and you can get nine total surfaces. Sure, I'd love a full set of Fretz hammers (I own one Fretz riveting hammer and it is a DREAM -- absolutely perfectly balanced) but for the money, this texture hammer is pretty cool.
I taped the copper strip to the bench block and let Zack go to town. That's blue painter's tape, and it comes off well, even if you hammer on it.
I showed him how to finish the edges of the strip with the plain rounded face of the hammer, and then I did the filing.
Next, I showed Zack how to lay out his letter stamps in a row, find the center, and how to line them up on another strip of tape. He's using the new short-handled stamping hammer from PJ Tool & Jewelry Supply. I LOVE this hammer. After stamping his name, he stamped stars below his name. After all, if your name ends in an exclamation point, you MUST have stars!
Today, Zack and I sat down with a packet of rivets and beads and finished his key chain. I did all the riveting, using brass rivets and a punch I bought recently from Ornamentea. Zack chose a star charm and a red lampwork bead and I got to work.
After a bath in Liver of Sulfur, this is the final result.....
He's VERY proud of his creation. Even though I filed the edges and did the riveting, he did all the hammering and all of the design. I'm tickled pink with my kidlet.
You'll have to wait a little to see what I made for myself! :-)