SunriseSilverStampin

Unique Hand Stamped Sterling Silver Jewelry by Dawn

Newport News, Virginia · 154 Sales

SunriseSilverStampin

Unique Hand Stamped Sterling Silver Jewelry by Dawn

Newport News, Virginia 154 Sales On Etsy since 2015

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Announcement   Welcome to Sunrise Silver Stamping. My passion is designing and making hand-stamped sterling silver jewelry. I specialize in reflective nested pendants and earrings. My designs come from my everyday inspirations and experiences. To watch as pieces are designed and developed, come on over to my Facebook virtual studio!! All listings in my Etsy shop show photos of the actual pieces, which are completed and ready to ship.

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Last updated on Dec 23, 2016

Welcome to Sunrise Silver Stamping. My passion is designing and making hand-stamped sterling silver jewelry. I specialize in reflective nested pendants and earrings. My designs come from my everyday inspirations and experiences. To watch as pieces are designed and developed, come on over to my Facebook virtual studio!! All listings in my Etsy shop show photos of the actual pieces, which are completed and ready to ship.

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My newest viola clef design stamped in pewter.
Orchestral viola parts are the inspiration for the design of my pewter pendant hand stamped with seven lucky alto clef motifs.
I'm adjusting the size of the pearl hole with my drill to match the corresponding gauge of the sterling silver wire used to make the pearl drop.
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Hand stamping sterling silver is my passion!

I have always loved the look of silver jewelry accented with black letters. One day in my free time, I stumbled across a book about metal stamping. I read it from cover to cover – I was fascinated! Could it be that I could create and make my own designs? So I set off to explore the idea and ended up on a journey. First, I started tinkering with stamps that I just loved and worked with aluminum, which is so soft it stamps like butter! What fun! I am liking this! Next, I moved to copper, and then I mixed copper and silver. I'm currently working on a silver/copper design that is still being perfected (stay tuned.) Finally, I tried working with just sterling silver and I was hooked!

Here’s how it all works. When I receive my sterling silver blanks in the mail, they look like ordinary washers from the local hardware store, not anything you’d wear around your neck! First, I file off all the sharp edges. Then I give them a bath in the tumbler to clean and smooth the rough edges. Next, their edges get a final sanding and polishing. The silver surface then gets sanded to a smooth finish. Once I have sanded to the finest grit, it is time to polish to a high mirror finish. I take my pieces through each of my polishing compounds, finishing with a high polish of red rouge.

Now is the fun part – designing and stamping the blanks in a creative and decorative way. I first sketch all my designs in my idea book. My designs come from my everyday inspirations and experiences. Some ideas I’m ready to make right away and others wait until it’s their turn. I then stamp the polished washer and disc, and I treat them with wax to protect and slow tarnishing. The washer then has the main jump ring attached and soldered. Last, I assemble the disc or charm and give my piece a final cleaning for its photo op.

After its photo op, it is ready to find its forever home to be loved and enjoyed! I hope you enjoy my pieces as much as I have loved designing and making them!

Come on over to my virtual studio on my facebook page and watch pieces go from concept to completion! www.facebook.com/SunriseSilverStamping

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Last updated on Dec 9, 2016
Frequently asked questions

What method do you use for shipping?

I use USPS Priority Mail flat rate shipping for my handmade pendants, earrings and cuff bracelets. You have the option to upgrade to Priority Express. Both services include a tracking number and insurance. I use the USPS provided packaging to minimize the chance of any delays in shipping.

Each pendant, earring or cuff bracelet order is packaged in a gift box and gift bag. A small polishing cloth is included to keep your sterling silver sparkling.

Certain items such as pewter jewelry less than $30, handmade cords, and simple pearl earrings are available with standard shipping.

How do I care for my hand-stamped sterling silver jewelry?

To prevent tarnishing, store your sterling silver jewelry in a dry area. Your piece will be shipped with an anti-tarnish tab in the gift box that will help protect your piece for several months, depending on the surrounding humidity.

To clean your piece, shine with a polishing cloth. The yellow Sunshine polishing cloths are my favorite. Rather than rubbing the cloth onto the piece, which can wear away the blackening agent, turn the piece upside down and wipe it across the cloth on a the edge of a table.

Scrubbing with a liquid cleaner may also remove the blackening agent. If this should happen, please contact me. I will be happy to re-oxidize your piece, free of charge. The only thing you will be responsible for is shipping.

I'm sending this as a gift to someone else. Can you omit the invoice?

Yes. For normal purchases I include an invoice that has the tracking number on it, just in case the contents get separated from the shipping box. If you prefer, I would be happy to include a Gift Receipt that does not include prices, or I can completely omit the receipt. Just let me know your preference under 'Notes to Seller' upon check out.

I would also be happy to include a brief message to the recipient so they will know whom the gift is from. The Etsy receipt only displays the ‘mail to’ address and the account user name which often has no correlation to the sender, making it hard for the recipient to know who sent it. Put your message in 'Notes to Seller' and I will copy it exactly as it appears.

Can I ask for something to be stamped on the back of the piece?

One of the characteristics of hand stamped pieces is the unique strike marks made on the opposite side where the hammer compresses the metal on the steel block. Hammering the letters or symbols on the back would in turn put these strike marks on the front of the piece. I have tried putting cloth/plastic etc between the front and the block but have not been able to achieve not marring the front of the piece. That is why I don't offer stamping on the back at this time.