Metal-Stamped Pet Tags for Beginners

Try your hand at metal stamping. First stop: these easy DIY pet tags.

Skill Level

Intermediate

Time

1 hour or less

Skill level
Intermediate
Time
1 hour or less
Written By

The Etsy Studio Team

Written By

The Etsy Studio Team

Make a DIY tag to match your pet’s personality, and discover a satisfying new craft in the process. This project covers the basics of metal stamping – from shining your tag and stamping the metal, to applying the finishing stain for a refined finish. Ready? Let’s begin.

You will need

 

Step 1: Punch a hole in your tag

Punch a hole at the top of tag. This will allow you to attach it to a keyring – or directly to your pet’s collar. Skip this step if your brass tag already has a hole.
 

Step 2: Shine your charm

Use a polishing cloth to make your charm nice and shiny. The reflection will help you line up the letters when you start stamping.
 

Step 3: Set up your stamping station

Arrange steel block on sandbag. Next, center your charm on the steel block. Secure with washi tape.
 

Step 4: Make sure your word will fit on tag

Decide what to stamp on the tag. Make sure the name or word will fit on the tag before you begin.
 

Step 5: Start stamping

Now you’re ready to stamp. For best results, start with the middle letters and work your way out. To get a clear stamped letter, hold the metal stamp upright above the tag and use your dominant hand to hit the stamp confidently with a hammer. Whack!
 

Step 6: Stamp, stamp, stamp

Stamp remaining letters onto tag.
 

Step 7: Apply gilder's paste

Rub a small amount of black gilder's paste onto the freshly-stamped letters using a soft cloth or paper towel. Wipe away excess.
 

Step 8: Add to collar

Slide charm onto your dog's collar. Done!

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