Believe

I am in love with metal stamping right now.  My friend has a stamp kit and was good enough to let me borrow it for a bit.  She hadn't used it yet and I was nervous about being the first one to start pounding them with a hammer.

I stamped a couple dozen round metal washers
with the word BELIEVE for the Young Women to start the year.
  • My initial thought was to have the Young Women switch out the bead each month (on Fast Sunday) to represent the monthly value focus.
  • Then, I thought they could simply make the necklaces with jewels or beads representing all the values at once.
  • But, then I decided the Young Women could design the necklaces the way they wanted to.  Hoping they might be more inclined to wear them more often.
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The BELIEVE is still there as their reminder of this year's Mutual Theme,
Article of Faith 13:
"We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men;
indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul -
We believe all things, we hope all things,
we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things.
If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy,
we seek after these things."
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A few things I learned with this project:
  • metal washers are inexpensive and fun to stamp (.10 a piece at Lowe's)
  • missionary experiences are all around us if we open our mouths (Lowe's - awesome experience!)
  • concrete (my garage) was the best place to do the stamping
  • do not let your children use the hammer while you hold the stamp, injury will occur
  • permanent markers can be used to fill in the stamped area (rub off excess with damp cloth)
  • take apart unused/broken jewelry to use instead of purchasing new beads/jewels
  • girls love jewelry (already knew this - but it was reconfirmed)

12 comments:

  1. Great idea....where did you get your metal stamps?
    Thanks for the inspiration

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  2. We did these a few years ago for camp. We did each value and the girls glued on a jewel that was the color of that value. They had a lot of fun and it was a very inexpensive camp craft. I got my metal stamps at Harbor Freight. I think they were only about $4.00 a few years ago.

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  3. I just ordered some metal stamps and can't wait for them to arrive. Your post got me all amped again to play with some washers!

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  4. I believe my friend picked them up at our local Habor Frieght. I thought she said they were around $8.00. I will find out for you. I need to know for myself. I can't borrow these forever, I want my own set of stamps to play with. :)

    BTW, I love the jewel idea! Would love to see pictures.

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  5. Ok, I must do this craft! What size are the metal stamps and what size washers did you purchase at Lowe's?

    Thanks for sharing! Great deals online at Harbor freight! Aimee

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  6. Aimee, 1/8" steel stamps and 1 inch steel fender washers. Have fun!

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  7. Terri, Thank you so much! I am very excited to find this craft! I found on harbor freight 1/8" steel stamps for 6.99! So tempting...Thanks again for sharing your skills!

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  8. hobby lobby sells the stamps, too! $9.. but you wouldn't have to pay for shipping.

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  9. Does anybody know where I could get metal tag blanks, or cheap charm blanks? I love the idea, but we used washers for something else and I'd love to mix it up a bit.

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  10. Hobby Lobby sells different shapes/colors charm blanks.

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  11. Found the stamps at Harbor Freight for $4.99:) This is such a cute, simple and inexpensive idea. Will be doing this for Mutual tonight...excited!!

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