Retired - Roman Remembrance Necklace

Designer: Alexandra Smith
Skill Level: Intermediate
This necklace offers a unique way to commemorate a special occasion by converting the date to roman numerals. In this case, the pendant is metal-punched to represent a wedding anniversary in December 2010. The numerals are accentuated using ImpressArt Stamp Enamel.
If you are new to metal punching, you may want to watch our video: Overview of Metal Punches for Jewelry Making. This necklace measures 16 1/4 inches total. To adjust the size, modify the length of chain purchased accordingly. In addition to the materials listed below, you will also need some disposable gloves and paper towels.
  1. Please watch our video demonstrating the metal punching technique: How to Metal Punch Bracelet Blanks and Use the EZ-Bender Tool. Refer to the instructions in the beginning of the video through the stamping of the letters. Once the video moves on to the metal bending, you do not need to finish watching for the purposes of this project.
  2. Using what you have learned in the video, begin by placing your stamping blank on your bench block with the round hole on the left hand side and the heart-shaped hole on the right.
  3. Take your 'X' letter punch and place it 1/8 inch from the round hole on the left side of your stamping blank. Follow the technique shown in the video to hammer the letter impression into the metal.
  4. Repeat the above step for each of the following letters to spell out 'XII MMX,' leaving a 1/8 inch space between the two roman numeral sets (see photo for reference). Also, refer to the video for suggestions on the spacing and placement of your letter punches to make sure you get straight, even lettering on your stamping blank.
  5. Once your letters are punched, put on your disposable gloves and apply some ImpressArt Stamp Enamel to the surface of the metal and use a paper towel to quickly wipe away the excess.
  6. To assemble your necklace, use flush cutters to cut two 7 inch lengths of gemstone wire wrapped chain so that each length begins and ends with a smoky quartz stone.
  7. Use pliers to open a 5mm jump ring. Slide on the end wrap of one length of gemstone chain. Also slide on one side of your stamping blank. Close the jump ring. Repeat this step to attach the other length of gemstone chain on the opposite side of your stamping blank.
  8. To attach the clasp, open the jump ring attached to the clasp. Slide it through the last wrap on one side of your gemstone chain, and also slide on the loop of your clasp. Close the jump ring.
  9. Open another jump ring. Slide on the last wrap of gemstone chain on the other side of your necklace. Close the jump ring. Enjoy your necklace!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED: (scroll down for purchase options)
  • PND-9038 - ImpressArt Soft Strike Blanks, Flat Rectangle Pendant with Open Heart 38 x 9.5mm, 1 Piece, Pewter
    Project uses 1 piece. You will need 1 package.

  • CHX-1066 - Pearl & Smokey Quartz Gemstone Sterling Silver Wire Wrapped Chain 4mm Rondelles - By In.
    Project uses 15 inches. You will need 15 packages.

  • FJR-03054 - Sterling Silver Open Jump Rings 5mm 18 Gauge (10)
    Project uses 3 pieces. You will need 1 package.

  • FCL-02214 - Sterling Silver Straight Lobster Clasps 10mm (2)
    Project uses 1 piece. You will need 1 package.

  • XTL-6235 - ImpressArt Stamp Enamel, Darkens Stamped Impressions, 1.1 Ounce Bottle
    Project uses 1 bottle. You will need 1 package.

  • XTL-0250 - Eurotool Bench Block Helper - Rubber Base With Interchangeable Steel And Nylon Blocks
  • XTL-0277 - ImpressArt Brass Hammer For Metal Stamping - 1 Pound - 1 Piece
  • XTL-5600 - Xuron Sharp Flush Cutter Pliers - Wire/Soft Flex
  • XTL-5514 - Beadsmith Jewelry Fine Round Nose Micro Pliers
  • XTL-5511 - Beadsmith Jeweller's Micro Pliers Chain Nose Flat Nose
  • XTL-0715 - Beadsmith 36 Piece Letter & Number Punch Set For Stamping Metal 1/4 Inch 6mm (1 Set W/ Wood Case)
Additional Information
Theme Vintage Look, Personalization
Ingredients PND-9038, CHX-1066, FJR-03054, FCL-02214, XTL-6235,

Purchase Components

Purchase the components needed to make this project. Change quantities as needed to make multiple pieces. Please review project instructions carefully—some items may no longer be available for this project and will not be listed below. Tip: Save this project to your wishlist to easily return to project instructions.
ImpressArt Soft Strike Blanks, Rectangle Pendant with Heart 38 x 9.5mm, 24 Piece Bulk Pack, Pewter
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 1 Pack.
$30.99 / Package | SKU: PND-9038
Wire Wrapped Gemstone Chain, Pearl & Smokey Quartz, Sterling Silver, by the Inch
You will need 15 package(s).
1 package = By The Inch.
$1.19 / Package | SKU: CHX-1066
Sterling Silver Open Jump Rings 5mm 18 Gauge (10)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 10 Pieces.
$6.99 / Package | SKU: FJR-03054
Sterling Silver Straight Lobster Clasps 10mm (2)
You will need 1 package(s).
1 package = 2 Pieces.
$4.39 / Package | SKU: FCL-02214
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