More Rubber Stamped Jewelry

A few years ago I showed you here how to make jewelry using PMC (Precious Metal Clay) which is a silver powder encapsulated in a clay-like material. You can manipulate it just like clay and when you fire it, it becomes solid metal. Too cool. The downside is that you have to send away for the clay, which is expensive. I never have the patience to wait for something to be sent to me. When I want to make something, I want to make it NOW.

I just learned a new way to achieve a similar look with materials that are more readily available.
You need to obtain a piece of copper flashing. I got this 5x7" piece from my local lumber yard for about $2.00. It is used for copper roofing. Cut the flashing into different sizes and shapes and clean it by scouring it with a dry Scotchbrite scrub pad. Flatten it by pounding gently with a hammer if necessary.
Next, you need silver lead free plumbing solder from a hardware store. It's a bit pricy, ($20) but a small roll will make tons of jewels. Choose a detailed rubber stamp.
I placed the copper on a fire brick (available at a brick yard), heated it with my creme brulee torch, (Home Depot -about $15.00) then unrolled my solder and laid it on the copper while continuing to heat both the copper and solder with my torch. The solder melts in just a few seconds. 
 I pushed my stamp into the molten solder to impress the design. If you don't like the design, reheat it. The solder will melt again and can be restamped.
The pieces were painted with black acrylic, allowed to dry, then scoured with a Scotchbrite scrubby pad.
Drill holes in the top of the copper and hang it from a chain with jump rings or rivet it onto another piece of metal for a collage. Glue it onto your journal cover. The possibilities are endless. 

*several of you have asked.....You do not need flux and the rubber stamps do not melt. Enjoy!


Deb said...

What a cool idea! I'm totally trying this soon!

Ali said...

Oooh fabulous idea! I'm totally going to give this a go! Thanks for sharing. :)

Peggy Meckling said...

You are inspiring me! I am taking a metal fabrication class right now and getting lots of idea there too. Can't wait to get started working with metal. I just found you through C.R.A.F.T. I'm your latest follower. Hoping you'll stop by and join me at

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DeeDee said...

I just love these.. one question thou.. what does it do to the stamp..does the heat melt it at all?

I am so trying this I love solder....and metal..thanks for sharing this..

alice said...

Wowzer ! I am going out to look in my garage! I think I bought the solder at a garage sale.
Smiles, alice

NH Jul's Jewels said...

I find that I need flux to keep the solder on the copper - do you use flux on the copper? Also does the rubber stamp melt when used in the melted solder?

Gail said...

I usually have to use flux to solder things too, but not in this application. No Flux! Also, nothing happens to the rubber stamp. It does not melt. Why? Who knows. Enjoy!

Jeanne said...

I wonder how it would work on intricate stamps. I will try this on a stamp that I'm not too attached to. I know you said it won't melt the rubber, but I'm still concerned. All rubber stamps are not made the same.

But this is REALLY COOL

Maureen Chandler said...

This is the coolest project! Thanks so much for sharing all the steps - something to think about and I already have the copper! Happy Thanksgiving!

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You inspire me! Metal manufacturing class now also know that there are many. Can not wait to start working with metal. I just found you through CRAFT I am your newest followers. I hope you can stop, and I together in
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Amazing! Fabulous project, thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday! I hope to see you again when the party resume on the first Sunday in January! Have a joyous holiday season!

Michelle Gray said...

OMGosh! I love this idea. Thanks for the terrific tutorial. I have 100's of rubber stamps, most of which will work for this idea. I was going to try them with PMC or poly-clay, but that's way more involved.
Thanks again for the tutorial!

stamperbubbie said...

What a sweety you are for sharing this. I've seen it and so wanted to do it. Thanks a bunch.

Robin Lockhart said...

I did this exactly like it said - didn't get any stamp formed - - and it melted my favorite stamped letters....sigh!!

panamenya said...

I tried this today, and the rubber burned (could smell it) plus the indentation did not take. Boo. Will probably try some other experiment. Did you wait a few seconds before using the stamp? Did you spray it with water to cool it off quickly? Thanks for the idea. It was fun to try, but it just didn't work for me for some reason. :(

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Carol Rose said...

In order for the solder to take the stamp it must be liquid. Try
holding the soldering iron in one hand and the stamp in the
other. As you move the soldering iron tip away from the
solder, quickly press the stamp into the liquid solder.
It only takes a couple of seconds for the solder to harden,
so be quick.

helenek said...

I've seen this and wanted to try it. I just found you in searching "stamping solder". Can you use regular copper sheet? I already have that. Can you make the stamps on the firebrick without copper? Would it stick when cooled? Can't wait to try this.

desiree said...

Nicely done. It seems a such fun. I had no idea rubber wouldn't burn. I'm going to try this as soon as I can find the supplies in my studio. Finding them will be the hardest part. :)

Carol Hicks said...

I just tried this and my rubber stamp melted all into the molten solder.

Chris said...

I have heard that the melting point of silicone is higher than rubber, have you tried this technique with silicone stamps.

desiree said...

Carol, if your stamp melted/burned when you placed it on the melted solder, you might have the wrong solder. Solders have different melting points.

Peggy Carlan, RN said...

What a great idea!! I will absolutely do this....

Thank you so much......

Carla said...

I have tried this and the solder does not stay on the copper. Has anyone else had this problem? What to do? Hmmm

Shantell Carrizales said...

I also tried this with the solder listed and rubber stamps. My stamps also melted. I ruined 2 stamps thinking maybe I did it wrong. I got no design. Any suggestions as to what im doing wrong? I even tried it again using flux and it still didnt work.

Carol Rose said...

Carla, use some Flux on the metal first, then melt the solder

Carol Rose said...

Shantell, did you use silicone stamps?
Use only the classic red rubber stamps, they don't melt.

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Jolene Bean said...

I've been looking for some ideas to try out. Thanks so much for this one, it's awesome!

Stella said...

I have just completed a class in this technique. I was told to use the wood backed red rubber stamps only, a little flux and dip the stamp in water before stamping to prevent sticking to the solder. I am extremely pleased with the end result.

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Divya N said...

Its awesome - just the technique that I was looking for

Annabelle Postles said...

We tried it yesterday; first one worked; next 15 didn't. Tried all the suggestions. Can't figure it out.


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Donna said...

I am trying this right now. So far 3 times, no impression. The blob smooshed off the brass. I'm wondering if I should give a slight delay after melting the solder before stamping? I just Melted my red rubber, wooden stamp a little. I will try some of the above suggestion with flux,& dipping my stamp.

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