May 4, 2018

Aluminum Market is CRAZY right now.

Hey there metal stamping and jewelry making friends,

I just want to update you on the current aluminum market.  Can I just say.... THINGS ARE CRAZY.  With talk of Tariffs and a major price hike in March 2017 people like us, GOTTAGETTADEAL/EAR IN THE ENVELOPE INC, are scrambling to get the metal we need.  Many metal suppliers are no longer selling 1100 Pure Aluminum soft temper aluminum that we all love to use for stamping.  We will keep scrambling to get you the best metal we can find.  But there may be times when we are out of stock of what you need.

***My best recommendation to you during this time is.... keep extra stock on hand of items you sell regularly.  Buy during slow times.

Here is a list of our busiest times when we may be low on what you need.

Busy times at Ear in the Envelope Inc

Jan. 1-15 - Custom orders are accepted again.
Note:  Custom orders accepted from January 1 thru September 30th

Easter RUSH - 3 weeks before Easter

Mother's Day RUSH - 3-4 weeks before Mother's Day

Starting School RUSH - September 7 - 20

Fall Show RUSH - October

Christmas RUSH - November through December 15

****Also, always check our Etsy shop front page for coupons and updates.

Thanks for your continued business at Gottagettadeal on ETSY.  Let us know how we are doing and we can do to serve you better.

Enjoy creating!
Lizz Barnes
Ear in the Envelope Inc
Gottagettadeal on ETSY

Mar 21, 2018

Mar 16, 2018

12 Gauge Arrive on March 20th.

I know many of our Etsy Gottagettadeal customers have been missing our 12 Gauge pure aluminum cuffs.  With prices rising and stocks of pure aluminum getting harder to find, we spent a few months without the 12 Gauge metal we needed to make our most popular cuffs.  But.... we finally found a supplier and our metal should arrive by Monday, March 20th.  Pray that the metal is clean and up to Gottagettadeal standards.  We hope to have listings up by mid-week!

Thanks for your continued business!  Contact us if there are things you would like to see in our shop!  We have always been a business that responds to what our customers want, we put our customers first.  If we can make it for you, we will!

Enjoy creating with amazing jewelry supplies,

Lizz Barnes.
Ear and the Envelope Inc.
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Feb 26, 2018

12 Gauge Aluminum May be Coming Back

Gottagettadeal just found a supplier for 12 Gauge. Pray that it's clean, because this is a new supplier. But we found metal!!!!

We should have the metal in about 1 week!!!
Ear in the Envelope Inc/Gottagettadeal on ETSY

Feb 8, 2018

Notes from Gottagettadeal February 8, 2018

Ear in the Envelope Inc’s Shop on ETSY - Gottagettadeal

Hope you are having fun strategizing about your jewelry making plans in 2018.

Here are some updates from The STUDIO…

All 12 Gauge Blanks have been deactivated because our current metal suppliers are no longer carrying this Gauge.  We are in the process of searching for a new supplier.

All Ring Blanks are 10% off until February 21st.  No need for a coupon.

Don’t forget our Free Shipping Coupon for US orders of $100 or more.  Use this code at checkout:


Remember that we accept Custom Cutting orders from January through the end of September.   Dream something new!

Clint resigned at the end of October.  We appreciate all of his hard work organizing and directing our daily processing. 

Jordan has moved into the team lead position and is learning much and doing well.  We have been gifted with amazing people who work very hard to bring you a good quality product for your metal stamping projects.

Thanks for your business throughout the years!  We appreciate you!

Lizz and the Studio Team 

Feb 7, 2018

Skinny Copper and Brass Cuffs are the Trend! for Metal Stamping Blanks!!!

We have noticed a trend at Gottagettadeal
our Etsy shop at Ear in the Envelope Inc

Skinny 1/8" x 6" Copper and Brass Cuffs 18 Gauge Tumble Polished Metal Stamping Blanks
are a Top Seller.

Skinny Cuffs are perfect for stacking.

Check out our Skinny Cuffs and more at Gottagettadeal on ETSY:

Enjoy creating!
Lizz Barnes
Ear in the Envelope Inc
820 SW Adams Street
Peoria, IL 61602
Contact us at:

Dec 21, 2017

Custom Cutting Orders Available from January 1st through September 31st.

Do you have an idea for a blank that you don't see in our shop?  Custom Cutting may be the answer at  Gottagettadeal on ETSY.

Contact us through our ETSY shop:

You can explain your idea and we can give you a quote.

There is a minimum of 10 of the exact same Blank for a custom order.

Get into your creative zone and invent some new blanks.

Enjoy creating!

Ear in the Envelope Inc
820 SW Adams Street
Peoria, IL 61602

Jun 21, 2017

Contrast with Car Touch-Up Paint in Stamped Jewelry

Did you know that you can use Car Touch-Up Paint to create contrast in your metal stamped or engraved jewelry?

Check out this video with instructions on how to apply the Touch-Up Paint.

Check out our shop gottagettadeal on ETSY to find great metal stamping blanks and supplies.

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Follow us on Instagram: earintheenvelope

Lizz Barnes

Jun 13, 2017

2017 Jewelry Making Summer Classes at Ear in the Envelope Inc

Jewelry Making Summer Classes 2017
Ear in the Envelope with Lizz Barnes

***All classes include supplies and use of tools.

Metal Stamping - bracelet, earrings and ring - 1.5 hours - $30
____ Saturday, Aug 5, 2017 - 10-11:30am

Simple Sterling Soldered Ring 2 hours- $50
____ Friday, June 30, 2017 - 1-3pm

Jewelry Press - Punch Metal Shapes and Finish 2 Hours- $30
____ Friday, July 14, 2017 - 1-3pm
____ Saturday, July 29, 2017 - 10am -12pm

Hammered Domed Brass Cuff 1 hour- $30
____ Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 10-11am

Patinas - Metal Finishes - 1 hour- $25
____ Friday, July 21, 2017 - 2-3pm

Textures on Metal with a Rolling Mill - 1.5 hours- $30
____ Friday, July 28, 2017 - 1-2:30pm

Email reserve your spot

Payment pay at the beginning of class: cash, check, or Credit.

Ear in the Envelope Inc - 820 SW Adams Street, Peoria, IL 61602
Enter through the back door at the alley called May St.  Parking behind Sugar.

Copy the registration form.

May 10, 2017

Perfect Mother's Day Gift - A Metal Stamping Kit

Wondering what to get your mother for mother's day?  Well if she's the creative type, a Metal Stamped Jewelry Kit from GOTTAGETTADEAL on ETSY could be the perfect GIFT.

This is the BEST metal stamping jewelry starter kit with high quality tools and blanks.

You'll be the hero with a gift like this.

Enjoy creating!
Lizz Barnes
Ear in the Envelope Inc
Gottagettadeal on ETSY
820 SW Adams Street
Peoria, IL 61602

Feb 24, 2017

Aug 12, 2016

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**Video: HOW TO USE A WRAP 'N TAP (Ring Bending Tool)


**Video: HOW TO USE A BRACELET BENDER and Other Tools to Bend a Cuff




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Jul 12, 2016

12 Gauge vs 14 Gauge Aluminum

Many new to making jewelry are quickly confused by GAUGE.  Gauge is the thickness of the metal.

12 Gauge and 14 Gauge are the most commonly sold metal thicknesses at Ear in the Envelope Inc.(Gottagettadeal on ETSY).

12 Gauge is thicker than 14 Gauge.  

12 Gauge is .080"
14 Gauge is .063"

12 Gauge is my favorite thickness.  I like the chunky look of the 12 Gauge and it is a bit stiffer, so it holds its shape better.  But 14 Gauge will definitely do the job for inexpensive projects.

Here's a gauge chart that will help you when you are making plans on which metal thickness you should use.  Notice that Aluminum is measured a bit differently than other metals.

Hope this helps,

Purchase blanks at our ETSY Shop - Gottagettadeal
Contact us at

Jun 30, 2016

5 Star Rating at Gottagettadeal on ETSY for 1 Pound RAW Copper or Brass Scrap

1 Pound RAW Copper or Brass Scrap - 18 Gauge Mostly Small Cuts some pieces with Protective PVC - Made in USA

5 STAR RATING from Dawn at Gottagettadeal on ETSY Love the quality! Super helpful and great pricing! And this grab bag of "scrap" is far from that. It's a fantastic bag of goodies! I squeal with delight every time I go digging thru it. ❤️ Also the customer service is beyond amazing. Love this store!


Thanks Dawn!

Get Creative at Gottagettadeal!
LIzz Barnes
Ear in the Envelope Inc

Jun 27, 2016

Chain Cuff Blank Project

Tired of losing that cuff?  This is a great project for a secure cuff with a beautiful look.

You'll need:

One Chain Cuff Blank
It is 12 Gauge 3/8" x 4" with 2 Holes on each end - 2mm in size.  The Chain Blanks are Polished with no sharp edges.

Stainless Steel Chain Link Size 6.9mm x 4.4mm Thickness 14 Gauge

17mm Surgical Steel Lobster Clasp

Eurtool Large Dapping Block 
with 5 Nylon Shapers

What to do...
1:  Add any metal stamping designs to your Chain Cuff Blank

2)  Use the Smaller Black Dapper to Curve the Chain Cuff Blank

3)  Measure out 5-1/2" of the Chain.

4)  Use Flat Nose Pliers to open the link.  

5)  Attach 2" of chain to one hole on the Chain Cuff Blank

6) Attach the clasp on the end of the 2" piece of chain

7) Attach a 3-1/2" chain to the other end of the Chain Cuff Blank

8)  Open the clasp and close it at the center of the 3-1/2" Chain

*****You did it!  You just created a beautiful Chain Cuff Bracelet!!!!

If you have any other questions please feel free to contact me at

Enjoy creating!
Lizz Barnes
Ear in the Envelope Inc
Our Webstore -

Jun 20, 2016

Imperfect Food Safe 1100 Aluminum Cuff Blanks Are a GREAT deal at Gottagettadeal on ETSY

Looking for the best deal on Food Safe 1100 Aluminum Cuff Blanks 
for you metal stamping projects.  
This is a great opportunity to get a great deal.  

IMPERFECT CUFFS are perfect for classes or projects where you'll be adding a textured finish.

Don't miss this deal.  

Get on it!  Get the deal at Gottagettadeal on ETSY!

Enjoy Creating!
Lizz Barnes

Gottagetta Deal on ETSY

Ear in the Envelope Inc

Jun 11, 2016

Ear in the Envelope Inc -

Gottagettadeal is trying something new.  A new Website called Ear in the Envelope Inc

We're simplifying our listings and using calculated shipping with exact weights.  Your shipping cost should be lower.  

It will take a while to transition all of our 1100 Food Safe Aluminum Metal Stamping Blanks and Tools over to the new site.

We appreciate your patience. 

Until we get it all together, you're welcome to shop at our ETSY shop gottagettadeal.  

We're not planning on shutting down our ETSY shop. 
 We're just adding something new to help get the word out about our products.

Let us know what you think.  And we're always open to ways we can improve on this new site.

Thanks for your continued Support!
Lizz Barnes and the Studio Team

Ear in the Envelope Inc
820 SW Adams Street
Peoria, IL 61602
We're open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 3:30pm.

Apr 20, 2016

Numberall and Stainless Steel Metal Stamping Blanks at Gottagettadeal on ETSY

A couple of years ago I found a cool tool on Ebay called a Numberall.  
It's a tool used to stamp metal tags, and tools for industrial shops.

I was looking for a tool that I could use for metal stamping.  
My goal was to find something that was faster, easier on your body
 (no hammering), and cleaner stamping than handstamping.

Well, this turned out to be the perfect tool.  
It doesn't work well on Aluminum 
because it leave little marks on soft metal.  
But it is perfect for stainless, brass, copper and sterling.

I was lucky, I found a used Numberall on Ebay for $225.  
There are new Numerall's available.  
If you stamp constantly, this may be worth the cost of a new tool.

The Numerall that I have has 27 spaces, 
so I have to plan on exactly how long my phrase will be. 


I've also added marker lines on the exact spot 
of the stamping area, so I can line up the stamping blank.  


I use masking tape to hold the blank in place while stamping the letters.

There is a wheel with letters and a red knob.  Turn the red knob to find the letter you need.

Press the handle down and the tool will lower and stamp the letter you chose.  
As you release the lever, the plate will move one letter space.  
This tool reminds me of the older twist label makers.

Here's an example of a stamped stainless steel cuff blank.

To bend the cuff use a bracelet bender to get the curve.  Because the cuff is so stiff, you'll have to hold your thumb firmly at the base of the cuff as you are curving the piece around the tool.

You'll notice that the ends flair a bit.  

At this point use the bracelet making pliers to curve the ends.  
I use the smallest barrel.

Final Cuff

You can get the supplies for this project at at our ETSY shop 

Surgical Steel Cuffs

Bracelet Bender

Bracelet Pier

Enjoy creating!

Lizz Barnes

in the warehouse district of Peoria, IL
820 SW Adams Street, Peoria, IL 61602

Metal Stamping Blanks and Metal Stamping Tools

Apr 3, 2016

Finally 12 GAUGE 1 Inch Discs for Metal Stamping at Gottagettadeal on ETSY

CHECK OUT THIS New item at Ear in the Envelope Inc., Gottagettadeal on ETSY.
12 Gauge 1" Discs. 

Your going to love these  new Super Thick 12 Gauge Discs made of 1100 Pure Food Safe Aluminum.

The weight of the thicker metal will hang nicely for a pendant!

Have fun creating,
Lizz Barnes
Ear in the Envelope Inc
Gottagettadeal on ETSY
Metal Stamping Supplies in 1100 Pure Food Safe Aluminum,  Brass, Copper, Sterling and Now Gold Filled Metal.

Contact us at
Purchase supplies at

Mar 17, 2016

CUSTOMER REVIEW - 12 Gauge Bracelet Blanks for Metal Stamping in 1100 Pure Food Safe Aluminum

You've got to read this......
for 12 Gauge Bracelet Blanks
for Metal Stamping in 1100 Pure Food Safe Aluminum

oh my god
so i got my blanks ..and i saw the 12g and i was like "what have i got myself into i wont be able to stamp this its so thick!" and i started with my hard to stamp design stamps and IT STAMPS LIKE BUTTER
where have you been all my life! how could i have not bought from you before!
i could kiss your entire team ! :-O (legit tears of joy in my eyes right now)

***Don't miss this new product!  12 Gauge pure food safe aluminum is thick with a nice look.  It stamps very easily.  And it is very easy to curve to size, but doesn't lose its shape.

Check out our ETSY shop at:

Enjoy creating,
Lizz Barnes
at Ear in the Envelope Inc
home of Gottagettadeal on ETSY

We make quality metal stamping blanks and sell the BEST tools!!!!  
We specialize in Pure 1100 Food Safe Aluminum.
We also carry Red Brass, Copper, and Stainless Steel Blanks.

Mar 8, 2016

New 1/8" Sterling Wrap Ring Blank

Check out our 1/8" Sterling Wrap Ring Blank for Metal Stamping.


Enjoy creating!!!

Lizz Barnes

Ear in the Envelope Inc

1100 Food Safe Aluminum is Commercially PURE.

1100 aluminium alloy is an aluminium-based alloy in the "commercially pure" wrought family (1000 or 1xxx series). With a minimum of 99.0% aluminum, it is the most heavily alloyed of the 1000 series. It is also the mechanically strongest alloy in the series, and is the only 1000-series alloy commonly used in rivets. At the same time, it keeps the benefits of being relatively lightly alloyed (compared to other series), such as high electrical conductivity, corrosion resistance, and workability. It can be strengthened by cold working, but not by heat treatment.[1]
Alternate designations include Al99.0Cu and A91100. 1100 and its various tempers are covered by the ISO standard 6361 and the ASTM standards B209, B210, B211, B221, B483, B491, and B547.[2]


  • Chemical storage
  • Processing Equipment
  • ****Kitchen Utensils
  • General sheet metal work
  • And High Quality Jewelry Supplies
Thought you'd like to know how amazing this metal is!!!!
Lizz Barnes
Ear in the Envelope Inc

Find out products on ETSY at

Mar 2, 2016

Jewelry Making Classes at Ear in the Envelope Inc in Peoria IL

Jewelry Making Classes by Appointment
Ear in the Envelope with Lizz Barnes

***All classes include supplies and use of tools.

Simple Soldered Sterling Ring 2 hours - $50
Sterling Spinner Ring 2 hours - $95
Metal Stamping 1 hour - $25
Copper Flip Ring 1 Hour - $30
Glass Fusing 2 hours - $50
Bronze Clay 2 hours in 2 sessions - $80
Precious Metal Clay (Fine Silver) 2 hours in 2 sessions - $100
Patina Finishes on Alum and Sterling 1 hour-  $45
Textures on Alum and Brass 1 hour - $45
Punch Your Own Shapes on Alum and Sterling 1 hour - $50
How to Finish Alum, Copper, Brass and Sterling 2 hour - $55

Call or Email to arrange a class

309-550-3518 or

Ear in the Envelope Inc
820 SW Adams Street
Peoria, IL 61602