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New Fine Metal Coated Stamping Blanks in Stock!

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We're so exited to announce that our new fine metal stamping blanks are now in stock. Until now we mostly only sold base metal stamping blanks in brass and copper. But not anymore, folks! We now have a variety of gold plated, silver plated, rose gold plated and stainless steel stamping blanks.  These new gold plated metal blanks are perfect for metal stamping, engraving, embossing and etching. While not solid gold, they are gold plated and hold up well to finishing! Our new rose gold plated metal blanks are have a wonderful sheen and a deep rose gold color. Really wonderful!...

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Crafter's Tip: Save Money and Buy Practice Stamping Blanks

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Here's a hot little tip for metal stamping enthusiasts and artists alike. Whenever you get a brilliant and inspired new idea, don't use your best metal stamping blanks for laying out new ideas. Instead, consider buying practice metal stamping blanks! What's the difference? Well, only price, quantity and gauge. We sell a number of thinner, brass blanks in large quantities that would be perfect for laying out and tweaking a new idea. While perfectly suitable for any final project or craft ideas, these are also so economically priced that you can afford to have a few mistakes, double impressions and downright...

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Momma Always Licked Her Thread. Licked it Good, Too.

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So, I've told you before that I grew up with a crafting mom. She always had the largest room in the house dedicated to her mounding collections of fabric, thread, metal bits & bobs, beads, bobbins, second hand and vintage toys. Oh, gosh. You name it, she had it and she was going to repurpose it into something amazing, inventive and totally desirable.  She had this thing she did though. Before she'd thread a needle, she'd stick the end of the thread in her mouth and pull it out. It sort of glued the stray fibers together so that she could thread the...

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Metal Stamping: How Many Times Have You Smashed Your Thumb Today?

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Metal stamping your thumb instead of your stamps? Yea, well. That's bound to happen now and then. The combination of a one pound brass hammer, a 6mm stamp shaft and the fact that metal stamping just got really popular with newbies just begs for thumbs to be smashed nationwide. Yow! Its easy to forget to miss your thumb when you're busy lining up your letters and design stamps on teeny tiny metal blanks.  We want to know, how many of you metal stamping artists are smashing your thumbs while you're making works of art? Its ok to admit it, you're likely in good...

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Do Beads Have a Five Second Rule?

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Something we've always wondered here at Craft Making Shop is in your workshop, do beads have a five second rule? Like food or pacifiers? Do you even think about it when you drop a glass bead and it rolls under the couch and you finally fish it out with hairballs and lint stuck to it? We're dying to know what you think about spilled beads!  Do you use beads that you've spilled on the floor? No, that's gross! Uh, depends on the floor. Yes, but I always sanitize them first. Yep. I use them straight off the floor, no problem. Poll...

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