House Of Hawthornes
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My Silverware Stamping Addiction


Stamped silverware can be used for all sorts of things. From plant markers to wedding gifts for the bride and groom to labeling cheeses for a fancy schamcy party. And it's super easy to do!
You'll need the stamps, a piece of silverware, a hammer of some kind - I prefer a larger metal mallet type hammer (better to smash your fingers with), a magic marker, something to stamp onto (I used a small brass block that I found in the garage) and for safety you should wear gloves and safety glasses.
Instructions are below the photos and a much more detailed tutorial is on my blog post.
Oh, and I've had quite a few people asking on my blog about using them for weddings (stamping Mr. and Mrs. on forks or wedding dates, etc). Avery cute idea, BTW. I would say if you are expecting people to eat with them, I would skip the steps about using a magic marker, because that could be toxic. And you certainly don't want to start the marriage off on a bad note. If you still want to do the last step where you "color" them in a little, you could use liquid food coloring and wipe it into the letters a little.
Have fun stamping. Watch out for your thumbs and please wear you safety gear!
This is the piece of silverware that started this odd addiction.
This is the piece of silverware that started this odd addiction.
First you need to find some silverware suitable for stamping. In my experience it seems like silverplated silverware is easier to stamp than stainless steel.  Vintage silverplate can be found at thrift stores, estate sales, etc.
First you need to find some silverware suitable for stamping. In my experience it seems like silverplated silverware is easier to stamp than stainless steel. Vintage silverplate can be found at thrift stores, estate sales, etc.
I bought my 36 piece 1/8" steel stamping set at Harbor Freight.  The regular price is around $10, but is frequently on sale for around $5.  The stamps are long pieces of steel with a letter or number on the end.
I bought my 36 piece 1/8" steel stamping set at Harbor Freight. The regular price is around $10, but is frequently on sale for around $5. The stamps are long pieces of steel with a letter or number on the end.
Supplies needed
Supplies needed
I drew a line down the middle of the knife so I could somewhat keep the letters lined up. BTW, I don't go for perfection, to me it's more of a handmade look.
I drew a line down the middle of the knife so I could somewhat keep the letters lined up. BTW, I don't go for perfection, to me it's more of a handmade look.
I figured out the middle letter of the word I was going to stamp and stamped that letter first. Just give the stamp a good old whack with the hammer.  And then work out from there.
I figured out the middle letter of the word I was going to stamp and stamped that letter first. Just give the stamp a good old whack with the hammer. And then work out from there.
When I was done, I rubbed some marker onto the letters and then wiped the excess off with a paper towel. You don't have to do this step, but I found it made the letters pop out visually a little more.
When I was done, I rubbed some marker onto the letters and then wiped the excess off with a paper towel. You don't have to do this step, but I found it made the letters pop out visually a little more.
Great for plant markers
Great for plant markers
Perfect for holding photos
Perfect for holding photos
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