First to bring a full line of stainless steel blanks & findings for hand stampers and engravers
We began with a small selection of blanks and chains in the early part of 2011 and have grown to providing a wide variety of items for hand stampers and engravers to choose from. We envisioned having quality products and excellent customer service, both continue to be our primary goals. We have many satisfied customers and we look forward to being of service to you :)
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CHARACTERISTICS OF STAINLESS STEEL (SST)
1. Strong, durable, does not easily bend.
2. Does not tarnish, rust or change color.
3. Very affordable & quality that is trusted by luxury watchmakers.
WHAT YOU NEED:
1. A hammer, good solid working surface and a steel bench block (a)
2. Quality, sharp letter/number & design stamps – the most important factor if working w/ SST is enjoyable or a challenge (b)
3. A Premium or Power Punch make holes. NOTE: Punch hole pliers & screw down punches WILL NOT WORK. (c)
4. Industrial grade or regular Sharpie to highlight lettering/designs, let dry at least 10 min. before removing excess. Traditional oxidizing techniques do not work on SST (d)
5. A motorized buffer/polisher removes the excess Sharpie ink very quickly. Otherwise Mr. Clean - Magic Erasers do the job nicely.
6. A sanding sponge works great if you wish to give the back or the front a brushed finish
Save the protective film as you can re-attach it after stamping if you will be dapping, this will prevent marring the finish.
(a) I use a 1 lb. (some prefer a 2 lb.) brass hammer to prevent mushrooming my stamps. I also use a 6x6 wood post (w/ boards attached at the bottom to stabilize it) to stamp on as a table acts as a sounding board and amplifies the noise. A steel bench block w/ a rubber pad underneath your block will dramatically reduce noise.
(b) LETTER/NUMBER STAMPS:
etsy.com/shop/StampingBlanks Affordable & long lasting
The "Designer Stamp Sets" by Infinity Stamps: infinitystamps.com/alphabet_stamps.html Always be sure to tell the sales associate that you plan to use your stamps on Stainless Steel.
The Supply Guy & the urban beader have reasonably priced and a large selection of designs, also has some letter sets good for SST too
Metal Complex & the $20.00 letter sets at Hobby Lobby work well too.
etsy.com/shop/theurbanbeader Reasonably priced and a large selection of designs, also has some letter sets good for SST too
Rio Grande’s “Precision Design Stamps” series are reasonably priced and a good selection of designs: riogrande.com/Search/Precision-Design-Stamps & riogrande.com/Search/Wave-Stamp-Sets
Remember, dull stamps will result in faint impressions. I do not recommend the popular round shank design stamps. I know they are low cost and there are a lot of nice designs, but the fact is even new they are quite dull and scary to use on SST, I don’t even like using them on silver.
(c) The die on the Power Punch can be screwed in/out to obtain the best leverage.
(d) As an alternative some prefer to use automotive touch-up paint, you'll want to wipe excess off quickly.
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LOCATIONS OUTSIDE the U.S.:
Please refer to your local Customs and/or Postal office for any possible Customs Duty or postal handling fees that may be imposed on imported products which you will be responsible for.
Upgrading to Express Mail is highly recommended, typically 3-10 BUSINESS days delivery time. 1st Class & Priority Mail is typically 2-3 weeks delivery time and can be as long as 6 weeks (depends on Customs processing time both sides of the border.) Tracking information at Stamps.com or usps.com will only show when the item was accepted at the Post Office and when "Processed through Sort Facility" which means that it has left the US, at that point no further information will be available. You may try the customs/tracking number at your postal service website :)
The DHL upgrade is the fastest delivery option but note the some customers have mentioned they had to pay higher customs duty fees than USPS shipments.
IF YOUR PACKAGE DOES NOT ARRIVE:
OPTION 1. Insurance claims: We can file a claim with the US Postal Service once the time they require from the time the package was accepted has passed. Please be advised that processing is slow and can take several weeks. Once we receive the insurance claim payment we will resend your order at no additional cost to you.
OPTION 2. You may wish to place a new order: If the original package does finally arrive, you may write REFUSED on it and give it to your mail carrier and it will be returned to us at no cost to you. Once we receive the package back we will quickly refund the amount of the delayed/lost order.
Returns and exchanges
I do stand behind my products if they are defective - however if you have simply changed your mind you need to discuss this with me. We reserve the right to issue refunds solely at our discretion. Items returned to me without prior authorization and/or without contact information clearly visible on the outside of the package will be refused and returned to sender. Exchanges will be for the full original purchase price excluding all shipping costs. Allowed refunds will be for the original purchase price excluding all shipping costs and will incur a 20% restocking fee. No refunds or exchanges will be allowed on any items that have had the protective film removed or custom items.
Additional policies and FAQs
1. Less production time - faster to stamp and punch the hole afterward rather than to align stamping to an existing hole
2. Save .25 cents on each blank buying them w/o holes - the savings will pay for a punch in no time
3. Ability to punch multiple holes if your design requires it & positioned according to your needs
4. Flexibility to make smaller holes if you prefer
The Premium Punch ($99.00 w/ Kit, $75.00 Punch ONLY) is made in the USA and is the one the Power Punch ($42.50) is designed after. It is higher quality and if used w/ the optional bench mount** ($35.00) is considerably faster and easier to punch holes. If you do not have a workbench it can be mounted to a board and a C clamp or bar clamp could be used to attach it temporarily to your table. The Power Punch is a good economical tool that will get the job done too.
Premium Punch KIT - www.etsy.com/shop/StampingBlanks/search?search_query=Premium+Kit
Premium Punch ONLY - www.etsy.com/shop/StampingBlanks/search?search_query=ONLY
Power Punch KIT - www.etsy.com/shop/StampingBlanks/search?search_query="Power+Punch"+Kit
Premium Punch MOUNT - www.etsy.com/shop/StampingBlanks/search?search_query=Mount
Individual Punch Pin/Die - www.etsy.com/shop/StampingBlanks/search?search_query=Individual
See punch demonstration video's at: stampingblanks.com/StampingBlanks-How-To-Videos