How to Create Personalized Name Necklaces in Metal?

by Amy.

How to Create Personalized Name Necklaces in Metal?  - Discussion on Jewelry Making Journal


I’m wondering if you could help my please.

I’m looking to make custom name necklaces for my jewelry store on Etsy but I have no idea what I need to do to make them. I am new to jewelry making and loving it so far but want to experiment with more products.

The necklaces I’m referring to are the ones where people can choose their names or write ‘mama’ and it is cursive and you can choose the font. They look like they are handwritten but they’re not. The name is just written in the metal.

Would I need to find someone who could make this or can you make them yourself, if so what do you need?

Hopefully this makes sense!

Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you!


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  • I am just starting to get into this myself. There are two ways that I have seen. One is stamping and the other is engraving. Stamping is probably easier. Not sure where in the UK to get supplies, but in US ImpressArt or Beaducation. Beaducation also has a FB page and there is always youtube. I have purchased the stamps (which are not cheap) and some blanks and have been practicing, it takes a little time to get used to getting a good impression everytime. Good Luck.

  • Hi Amy, I’ve watched Jewellery on You Tube for years. They’re in England. They have many superb designers who show tutorials. One of them, Claire MacDonald, has lots of tutorials on wire names and it’s kind of one of her specialties. Check it out. They have tons of other fab tutorials every day.

  • Hi Amy, you can also try my stamping tutorial here:
    Metal Stamps Tips and Techniques

  • Beth says:

    Harbor Freight sells stamps and they go on sale occasionally. These are a plain print font. They have worked well for me as I don’t do stamping to sell and are much less expensive than craft stamps. You might want to try these and see how you like stamping before purchasing special font or more expensive stamps.

  • Deb says:

    I agree with Beth. It’s not for everyone and takes lots of practice. Try a cheaper set first or maybe borrow some just to try.

  • I do a lot of stamping but when I got started, I bought a simple upper case block font set (economy) and used pennies to practice on. You have to learn to hit solid for a single impression and pennies are perfect to waste. I also do a practice run on cardstock if I’m doing a phrase or long name to make sure it fits the piece I’m going to stamp on.
    After I got proficient, I prefer tostamp on pewter or aluminum. Both are pretty affordable and softer than the pennies so easier to control the hammer. Brass and Copper are nice but harder to get a deep impression when you are starting out.
    I agree with Beaducation or Impress Art. Watch for sales and when you are ready, invest in a “single” font and buy both the upper and lower case. This will really last you for a long time. You can also find clearance stamps at Hobby Lobby or Michaels.
    Happy Stamping, you will get hooked.

  • Michelle says:

    I just started practicing using an assortment of Dremel bits to see how they look. They are handwritten script.

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