BIGkick Embossable Aluminum Blanks – Get the Look of Silver without the Cost

February 3, 2016
"February Frozen" Necklace

It may not come as a surprise that the BIGkick tool is one of my favorite jewelry-making tools.  And what is not to love?  It is compact, affordable, and effortless to use–and the results are almost always perfection.  So when I saw the new embossable, 30-gauge aluminum blanks on the “NEW shelf” I was ready to try them; finally, an affordable silver-toned alternative to sterling silver.

Here’s a quick project I designed. I’m sure you will agree the new aluminum blanks are a dream come true.

DIY Embossed Aluminum Birthstone Necklace

Embossable aluminum metal blanks--get the look of silver for cheap.

New 30-gauge aluminum blanks came in several ready-made shapes and are perfect for use in the Vintaj BIGkick. Use both DecoEmboss and DecoEtch dies to add unique textures to your metal jewelry.

Rings & Things Swarovski crystal charms in birthstone colors

TierraCast bright rhodium-plated, stepped-bezel charms come in an array of Swarovski crystal colors including a birthstone assortment. Best of all, they come ready to use. These are the perfect sparkling accent for both the jewelry-making novice and professional.

 

Embossed Aluminum Blanks Necklace Parts from www.rings-things.com

Just a few supplies are needed to make an embossed necklace: aluminum blank (shape of your choice), crystal bezel charm (stone color of your choice), chain by the foot (your choice of style), jump rings, and lobster clasp.

 

You will need the following supplies:

 

Aluminum Blanks - 3 Tools

You will need just a few tools; Vintaj BIGkick machine, a DecoEmboss die of your choice, and basic jewelry hand tools.

 

You will need the following tools:

 

Embossing the Aluminum Blank

Aluminum Stamping Blanks - how to remove the plastic pretective layer.

The aluminum blanks come with one side covered in a protective plastic sheet. Remove the blue plastic prior to running your blank through the BIGkick machine.

 

Jewelry-making aluminum blanks - placing in the DecoEmboss die.

Open your selected DecoEmboss Die and carefully position your aluminum blank. Be sure to consider hole position and design. Also remember to place the blank so the blemish-free side will be the front of the finished pendant.

 

Aluminum Blanks - 6 BIGkick Embossing

Layer the DecoEmboss folder in the BIGkick tool in this order: platform, clear acrylic sheet, folder (this side down), and clear acrylic sheet. Turn the handle to feed the layers through the BIGkick tool.

 

Aluminum Blanks - add texture easily without a rolling mill.

Once the DecoEmboss die has run though the BIGkick machine, remove the top acrylic sheet and folder. To remove the embossed blank, open the folder and flex it gently.

 

Aluminum Blanks - Silver-toned embossed jewelry blank is ready for use.

The aluminum blank is perfectly embossed and ready for use in your jewelry making project.

 

Finishing the Necklace

Aluminum Blanks - Assembly Pendant with a jump ring, embossed blank, and TierraCast charm.

Use a twisting sideways motion to open the jump ring. Add the embossed aluminum blank (front side facing up) and the crystal charm. Use the same twisting motion to securely close the jump ring.

 

How to make a necklace chain from footage chain.

Making your own necklace chain is easy! Measure the chain to your desired necklace and cut the chain.

 

Assembly jump rings, lobster clasp, and footage chain to make a necklace chain.

String your pendant onto the chain. Finish one end of the chain by added a jump ring; close securely. Finish the other end of the chain by adding a jump ring and lobster clasp; again, close securely.

 

Hook the lobster clasp to the jump ring and your handmade necklace chain is complete.

Simply attach the lobster clasp to the opposite jump ring, and your embossed-aluminum, birthstone necklace is ready to wear.

 

How to make an embossed silver-tone birthstone necklace.

This necklace is so easy to make, and there are so many design options. Vary the aluminum blank shape, the embossed pattern, the necklace-chain style, or the crystal charm color to create your own unique birthstone necklace.

 

Make things!

Mollie

 

 

Etched Brass Earrings featuring Swarovski Crystals

December 29, 2015
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Earrings. I love earrings! I also like etching with ferric chloride acid. So I decided to make some earrings combining these two passions of mine.  These earrings are easy to make, and have just the right amount of sparkle from the Swarovski crystals. See how to recreate them below!

Etched brass blanks with Swarovski crystals.

To make these earrings you need the following material, tools, and supplies:

  • Brass Blanks
  • Penny Brite Cleaner
  • Ferric Chloride Acid
  • Permanent Ink Pad
  • Floral Rubber Stamp
  • Packing Tape
  • Baking Soda
  • Sanding Sponges
  • Novacan Black
  • 6mm Antique Brass Jump Rings
  • 12mm Swarovski Crystal Pears, Aurora Borealis
  • Bronze Niobium Earring Wires
  • Polishing Pads
  • Metal Hole Punch
  • Chain Nose Pliers
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    Clean the brass blanks with Penny Brite before you begin to remove any oil or dirt.

    Apply ink to the rubber stamp with the ink pad.

    Press the blank onto the inked rubber stamp to transfer the image to the metal.

    Once you have all the blanks stamped place them onto the packing tape. Make sure the design side is exposed.

    Suspend the tape in a plastic container and fill the container with ferric chloride acid.

    After you let the metal soak in the acid for about 30 minutes pour the acid back into the bottle and pour a copious amount of baking soda into your container and onto the metal. This will neutralize any remaining acid. Run warm water over the container.

    The acid has etched the metal where there was no ink. Using the sanding sponge remove any permanent ink from the blanks.

    Now to assemble the earrings!

    Dip the brass blanks into the Novacan Black solution to antique the metal.

    Hand polish the brass blanks with the polishing pads so that the design really pops!

    Punch holes on the top and bottom of each metal blank.

    Connect the pieces with the jump rings. And add the crystals to the bottom and the earring wires to the top.

    Completed earrings!

    I hope you liked this project! Keep on creating!    ~Tiffany

 

DIY Multi Strand Leather Charm Bracelet

December 8, 2015
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One of my favorite combinations when making bracelets is leather and charms! When deciding what color of leather to use, I chose turquoise because it’s a color that always calms me – plus it seems to work for all seasons. It reminds me of the beach where I would love to be! I decided to make this a multi strand bracelet because the stacked bracelet look is such a huge trend right now. To make your own version of this multi strand leather charm bracelet, read on. It’s easier than you think! Continue Reading…

Easy DIY Stackable Bracelets

November 30, 2015
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Ever wonder how to fill your wrists with deliciously colorful and fun stackable bracelets? Well here’s a super trendy DIY bracelet design you can make in about 5 minutes! Best yet, you can customize each bracelet with charms that match your interests — or the interests of friends, family, and customers. This design works great for making Awareness jewelry and seasonal themes too. Since I made these in November, I was ready for some Christmas Cheer. Continue Reading…

Easy Elegant Chain Necklace with Swarovski Infinity Pendant

November 24, 2015
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The holidays are just around the corner and homemade gifts are always so fun to give! If you aren’t sure of your creative abilities, this project is for you! This is a great project for a first-time-make-your-own-gifts person. Plus this project features Swarovski crystals plus sterling silver chain and still costs you less than $20.  Just think – you can make an item that would easily retail for $40 or more! Best part? You can make this necklace in under 5 minutes! Read on to see how! Continue Reading…

Make Metal Stamped Sports Team Necklaces

November 17, 2015
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With fall comes pumpkin spice lattes, sweaters and boots. And if you’re the parent of a middle-school to college aged daughter, you know fall brings another thing too: extracurricular activities. I remember loving when school started back up so I could join the volleyball team! Whether your children are into volleyball, soccer, basketball or cheer squad, we have new metal stamps just for you! And the best part is, you can make necklaces at a reasonable cost for the entire team! See how I made these school spirited custom necklaces below! Continue Reading…