Time Required :
About 30 minutes
Intermediate
Intermediate
You're somewhat experienced with the skills necessary to complete this project, but you haven't mastered all the elements, yet.

metal stamped bride tribe stretch bracelet

Let your besties know they’re part of the tribe with these sweet Bride Tribe Stretch Bracelets! We’ll show you how easy it is to metal stamp each charm, then slide it onto your string of beads. (For extra credit, coordinate the beads with your wedding colors!)
Step 1

Project Note: Our instructions will show you how to make one 7" bracelet.

First, use the Stamp Straight Tape™ to fasten your charm to the steel block. Place one piece of tape across the charm’s top and a second one below. The top edge of the bottom piece of tape should be where you want the bottom of the ‘BRIDE’ letters to line up. Be sure to leave enough room in between the two pieces of tape to stamp your first line of letters.

TIP: Before you start metal stamping, use a ruler to find the center of the charm and mark it on one of the tape pieces. This will help you to center your stamped word.

Step 2

Begin with the middle letter of your word (for the word "BRIDE', that’s the ‘I’.). Center the metal stamp letter on your charm, in between the two pieces of tape. Use your stamping hammer to strike the top of the stamp once or twice. Continue to stamp the remaining letters of the word ‘BRIDE’, working from the center letter outward.

TIP: If you’re right-handed, turn the charm and your letter upside-down to stamp the letters to the left of the center ‘I’. If you’re left-handed, turn the charm and your letter upside-down to stamp the letters to the right of the center ‘I’.

Step 3
Adjust the tape to make room for your second line. Repeat Step 2 to stamp the word ‘TRIBE’.
Step 4
Once all the letters have been stamped, apply a thin coat of black enamel on top. Let it set for about 1-2 minutes and then wipe away the excess enamel with a paper towel. This will help your letters stand out from the rest of the metal charm.
Step 5

Next, thread a jump ring through the hole in your charm, then close the jump ring. If your jump ring doesn’t fit through the charm’s hole, you can use your hole punch pliers to enlarge the hole. Set your charm aside.

TIP: Here’s how to open and close a jump ring: Grasp the jump ring on both sides with pliers, then twist the ring open from side to side. Never pull the jump ring’s edges straight apart, since that can distort its circular shape. We’ve got a quick video that’ll show you how, click here.  

Step 6
To make the stretch bracelet, cut a 10" length of Stretch Magic® jewelry cord.
Step 7
Thread your beads and the jump ring of your charm onto the length of cord.
Step 8
Tie the Stretch Magic® into a tight surgeon’s knot, then tuck its ends back through the closest beads.
Step 9
Add a dab of bead stringing glue to the knot. Now, pull the ends tight, so the two adjacent beads press together tightly, hiding the knot. Trim the ends of the stretch cord, then set your bracelet aside to dry before you wear.

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