Stamped sterling silver charms are very popular. Stamped silver charms are worn alone as pendants or incorporated as components to customize bracelets, necklaces, belt and watch chains. You can make your own sterling silver stamped charms with the message or design of your choice using a hammer and decorative steel stamps.
Sketch the design for your stamped silver charms. Decide what shape charm you want to stamp and what type of design you want to stamp on your sterling silver charm. Explore how the shape of the sterling silver charm and the design inter relate.
Stamp Sterling Silver Blank Charms
Purchase or make your sterling silver blank. To make the blank, use a jewelry saw to cut out the shape of your charm from a piece of 18 gauge sterling silver sheet metal. Use a drill press and 1.8mm drill bit to drill a hole in the top of the charm. The hole you drill should be large enough to accommodate a jump ring. File the edges of the charm with a needle file until the edges are smooth.
Use 220 grit wet/dry sandpaper to sand away tool marks from sawing, drilling and filing the blank sterling silver charm. Switch to increasingly higher grits of sandpaper (400, 600, 800 and 1200 grit) until the charm is polished. Heat the finished charm with torch so that the sterling silver charm is dead soft and easily hammered. Dip the annealed sterling silver charm in a warm acid pickle bath to remove any fire-scale caused when annealing, if needed.