Aug 28, 2015

Safety Equipment and Metal Stamping Jewelry

 Safety Equipment and Metal Stamping Jewelry, what? why?

Passions, like metal stamping, may ebb and flow, 
but your body will be with you for your entire journey in this life.  
Taking care of it has to be a PRIORITY!

Here's a list of some helpful tips

1 - Safety Glasses - Always protect your eyes.  Jewelry making is close detail work, wearing a shatterproof pair of magnifying glasses is a simple and safe addition.

2 - Work Gloves - A thin pair of grippy gloves will save your hands.

3 - Ear Protection - You may not have thought of this one.  But constant hammering will eventually harm your hearing.  Protect it!

4 - Dust Mask - If you sand, it is best to sand under a trickle of running water.  But.... if you can't, you will want to protect your lungs from floating metal dust.

5 - Rubber Block - Many people don't realize that a RUBBER block under your METAL block deadens the sound of hammering, and relieves the stress on your joints when you hammer.  Be good to yourself add a Rubber Block to your metal stamping routine.

6 - Lighter Hammers or Brass Hammers - Constant hammering will eventually take a toll on your wrist, elbow and shoulder.  An 8 oz hammer has plenty of force for stamping.  Bigger is not better in this situation.
Brass hammers are softer metal than steel and will reduce the stress on your body.  Brass hammers will also reduce the stress on your stamps.

Remember, you've only got one body.  So take care of it!

Happy Stamping!
Lizz Barnes
Ear in the Envelope Inc

Aug 6, 2015

Our ETSY Shops - Ear in the Envelope Inc

Our Etsy Shops
1) Metal Stamping Supplies - Gottagettadeal

2) Custom Jewelry - Designs by Lizz Barnes

3) Photo Jewelry - Simply Sublimation

FALL 2015 Art Classes - at Ear in the Envelope

FALL 2015 Art Classes - at Ear in the Envelope

____ Simple Soldered Sterling Ring  $35, Sat, Aug 29,  9-12pm

_____Metal Stamping All Ages  $20, Sat, Sept 12,  10-11:30pm

____ Hammered Sterling Earrings  $35, Sat, Sept 26,  10-12pm

____ Glass Fusing  $35, Weds, Oct 7,  10-12pm

____ Patina Finishes and Texture  $30, Sat, Oct 17 ,  9-12pm

_____Metal Stamping All Ages  $20, Wed, Oct 21,  10-11:30pm

_____Metal Stamping All Ages  $20, Weds, Nov, 4,  10-11:30pm

____ Simple Soldered Sterling Ring  $35, Weds, Nov 18,  9-12pm

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Ear in the Envelope Inc 820 SW Adams Street Peoria, IL 61602    309-550-3518

May 7, 2015

New Stainless Steel Corner Punch and Slot Punch by Beadsmith

Corner Punch and Slot Punch by Beadsmith

Click on Picture to go to this item in our ETSY shop.

Beadsmith listened to my request for a tool 
that can give YOU the freedom to make 
custom blank lengths and add YOUR own corners.

New Stainless Steel Corner Punch and Slot Punch 
by Beadsmith 

1/4", 1/2" and 1" Curves and 3/16" x 3/4" Oval Slot Punch

Nice Tight Tooling for even clean cuts.

This is a heavy item and will require US Priority Shipping - 5 Pounds 13 oz.

Similar to a Disc Punch, you'll need 
a heavy brass hammer 
and Cutting Oil or Burr Wax 
to protect the sharp edges of the punch.

The Top Side of Punch edges are angled (chamfered).

The Bottom of the punch is straight across for cutting the metal.

****A Video is coming soon.

Please convo me if you have any questions.


Apr 23, 2015

Best Metal Stamping Jewelry Kit

Don't Miss the BEST Metal Stamping Jewelry Kit

We've combined the BEST Metal Stamping Tools 
for this great starter stamping Kit.

 Click Here for the Best Metal Stamping Kit

You can purchase this Metal Stamping Jewelry Kit at

This is the PERFECT set to start metal stamping

This is a $85 Value at $75.00

Here's what is included:

Sunshine Polish Cloth
Supreme Eurotool Hammer (Great for stamping and creating texture)
Black Industrial Sharpie (Perfect for Creating Contrast)
3mm (1/4") Alphabet Stamping Set - Helvetica Narrow made by Eurotool
Bracelet Bender
Metal Block
Dapping Block (place under the metal block to deaden the hammering sound)
10 - Food Safe Aluminum Blanks

Check out our blog with directions on how to use our supplies:

***Note: The METAL BLOCK is wrapped in plastic and covered in oil. This prevents rusting. You can clean the block off with rubbing alcohol and paper towels. Keep in a dry area.

Please convo me if you have any questions.

Lizz Barnes

Jan 8, 2015

Rolling Mill Texture Embossing Plate

Ear in the Envelope Inc now carries a variety of Rolling Mill Texture Embossing Plates.

You can find these Rolling Mill Texture Embossing Plates in our Etsy shop at: 

A Rolling Mill is a GREAT jewelry making tool.

A Rolling Mill combined with a Rolling Mill plate can create amazing texture patterns in your metal jewelry.

A Rolling Mill is a heavy manual machine with two hardened steel rollers, a tension adjustment and a crank that moves the metal and a texture plate through the rollers.  The pressure created by the rolling motion presses the design from the Rolling mill plate into the metal.  Adjusting to a tighter tension will create a deeper impression.

Durston is my favorite brand of Rolling Mill.  Their quality is amazing and they accept the thicker Rolling Mill Texture Embossing Plates.

Here’s a link to the Rolling Mill we use at Ear in the  Envelope Inc:

Rolling Mill Texture Embossing Plates - are placed on a piece of dead soft metal and rolled through the rolling mill which creates a beautiful impressions in the metal.

Until now there were a limited number of designs available.  I don’t know about you, but I need variety.

HERE's a Video on How to Line Up Your Blanks on the Celtic Rolling Mill Plate


So we took on the challenge of creating a good variety of Rolling Mill plates for our customers.  A group of fantastic artists have been working to create some amazing designs.  We will also accept custom requests for rolling mill texture embossing plates.

These plates measure 3” x 6” with a thickness of just about 1/16” (actual .053”).

***WARNING - Our Rolling Mill plates will NOT work on the Eurotool Rolling Mill.  The rollers will not extend far enough to for the thickness of our stainless plates.  

I recommend using a Durston Rolling Mill.  Make sure that your rolling mill can accept a width of 3”.

Our current list of designs are:
- Puzzle
- Wavey Leaves
- Van Gogh Swirls

*****PLEASE let us know what designs you would like?

Enjoy creating,
Liz :-)

Ear in the Envelope Inc.

Follow our Blog for Updates on New Techniques and Tools


These are a few of the most helpful links on my blog:




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










Oct 16, 2014

Our TEAM at Ear in the Envelope Inc

Ear in the Envelope is the name of our business.

Gottagettadeal is the name of our ETSY shop.

www.foodsafemetal is our blog

Watch this great video about our business and our team.


It takes an amazing TEAM of people to cut, corner and polish blanks for our customers.  

Each employee is hard working, dedicated and has an eye for detail.

We currently have 9 employees:

Lizz Barnes – Owner and Artist
Clint Kehlert – Manager, Artist and Musician
Liz Guerrero – Studio Assistant, Custom Orders and Musician
Peter Kennel – Studio Assistant, Chef, Tool Maintenance, Artist and Musician
Zachary Leachman – Studio Assistant, Tumbling Manager, Artist and Musician
Jordan Delgadillo – Metal Cutting, Refunds, Artist
Chris Smith – Studio Assistant, Musician
Kavante Barnett – Studio Assistant and People Care
Jessica Peterson – Sublimation and Printing Services, Photography, Artist

******Order your metal stamping blanks and supplies****** 
from our ETSY shop gottagettadeal


Thanks for your business!  

Enjoy being CREATIVE!!!!
Lizz and the TEAM

Ear in the Envelope Inc

Metal Stamping Supplies Blanks and Tools

Check out our ETSY shop gottagettadeal

Food Safe Aluminum Stamping Blanks, Sterling Metal Stamping Blanks, Brass Metal Stamping Blanks, Copper Metal Stamping Blanks, Metal Stamping Tools, Polishing Cloths

**********Proud to Carry Food Safe Metal - Safe for Your Skin!!!!****************

Sep 12, 2014

Setting Rapid Rivets in Leather Cuffs

Setting Rivets in Leather can be a challenge.  
But with a few tips you can succeed!

You'll need a Leather Cuff and an ID Tag with 2 holes.
The leather cuff I am using is 1/8" thick and the ID Tag is .063" thick.

Step One:  Flip the cuff over so you can make marks on the back.
Find the center of the leather cuff.

Step 2:  Center the Blank on the back of the leather cuff.

Step 3: Use a pen to mark the location of the holes.

Step 4: Use the smallest hole on a leather punch.  
Punch holes in the marked locations.

Step 5: Flip the cuff over to the front.  
Place the blank in the correct position making sure to line up the holes.
Place the post half of the Rapid Rivets through the hole.

***I use Mini Rapid Rivets for this project because the holes 
on the oval tag are about 1.5mm.  Because this is just barely long enough 
for the thickness of the metal, you will not be able to use a setter 
or the regular recommended process.

Step 6: Flip the cuff over and attache the rivet caps.  
Hammer the cap until you are sure that the two pieces are attached.
Make sure to use a hard steel hammer.

Step 7: At this time you can flip your cuff and over so the ID tag shows.
Use the large curved end of a chasing hammer to smooth the shape
of your rivet.  

****You will notice that the rivet will be flat or
may dome inward.  The is because we are not able to use the domed setter.
Since the rivet we are using is so short, we're trying to
squeeze every but of length out of the post.

******You will notice that your blank is very flat.  
You can add a cure to the ID tag by using a curving block.

Step 8:  Flip the bracelet face down into the curve of the block.

Place the block on top of the cuff and hammer.
Double check to make sure that your rivets are still secure.

Voila!!!!  You have a beautiful ID Cuff!!!

All of these supplies are available in our ETSY Shop
click above to go to our shop

Enjoy creating!
Lizz Barnes 
Ear in the Envelope Inc

Aug 27, 2014

Ring Sizing Information

Ring Sizing can be a headache, but with some simple tools you can be successful.

You'll need a ring sizer.  There are a few different styles in paper, plastic or metal.

Blue Nile has a great link to a PDF and specific size measurements.

Remember that we at Ear in the Envelope use the US sizes.

Here is the sizing for the Ear in the Envelope ring blanks:


Small - Size 5-6...... 2"

Medium - Size 6-8...... 2-1/4"

Large - Size 8-10...... 2-1/2"

XL - Size 10-12...... 2-3/4"


Regular Wrap - Size 5-1/2 - 7... 3"

XL Wrap - Size 7-9... 3-1/4"

2XL Wrap - Size 10-12... 3-1/2"

Just a note, the gauge of the blank can add a bit of variation to the sizing.  The more you work with the blanks, the easier estimating sizing will become.

Hope this helps,