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Hallmarking your jewellery
A hallmark is a mark or series of marks struck on items made of precious metals ( like platinum ,palladium , gold, or silver ), manufacturer & or country. Hallmarks should guarantee a certain purity or fineness of the metal. NB! Hallmarking systems differ from country to country.
Tips for making a clear mark:
If you stamp an item and only see a faint image, this means that you did not give it enough pressure. Use a heavier hammer but do not go overboard- if the hammer is too heavy you will damage the tip of your stamp, do not use a rubber mallet or raw hide hammer as it does not deliver the correct blow. Make sure that whatever you are striking is on a firm surface such rubber matting or wood. If you use an anvil or steel stamping block be mindful not to stamp too hard as this will also damage your stamps tip. Wooden desktops or rubber padded desks are all create different conditions for stamping metal. The desk will absorb most of the impact, requiring you to hit the stamp with more force, and anything that isn’t glued to the desk usually goes flying during the stamping process, stamping on a wooden support will create the least amount of damage on the opposite side you stamping on BUT this effects your stamping “power”. Some people do their stamping on concrete floors or cinder blocks. Although it sounds funny, it can work. The item being struck takes all of the impact. Only stamp once do not hit the stamp multiple times as it will create duplicates. Annealing your piece before stamping will also assist in stamping a nice crisp clear design.