Hand Stamped Failure

I remember the first time I saw these. Mrs. Turkey had done a post on her set. I remember thinking that they’re sort of cute, but I wasn’t sure I would get enough usage out of them to justify buying them off of Etsy. However, like many other little details that no one else will notice, it was a project that has been stewing in my head for a while.

What am I talking about? Stamped forks.

From: Mrs. Turkey

Seriously, how adorable are those?

Because I have a tendency to assume I can make anything, I decided at some point that I’d like to try to make some. I mean the overall concept didn’t seem that hard. Take some forks, stamp them with some words, call it a day. I’ve been meaning to do this for forever, bit I really got stuck at trying to figure out what words to do.

Bride / groom
I do / me too
Always / forever

It took a while to figure out what words I wanted engraved into the forks since I’m insanely indecisive. I wanted words that would still be applicable after the wedding (so not bride and groom) but I wanted words that would remind us of that special day.

Photo by: Jessica Numbers on jessicaNdesigns via Lover.l

I ultimately choose to use “always” on one fork and “forever” on the other fork. I chose those two words since they remind me of two insanely sweet things—Snape’s sweet and yet haunting “After all this time?” “Always” response, and this song, “Forever and Always” by Parachute that makes me cry every. single. time.

Remember the amazing alphabet stamp set I bought once upon a time and used to make our clay bowl? This is the actual use for the set—stamping metals. There really wasn’t any directions for this that I followed. Just take the metal and hammer a letter into it.


Or at least, this is the theory behind it. This is what I ended up with.


Top left is what happens if you smash the hammer down multiple times in the same spot and it moves. Half letters appear when your fork is curved and you don’t smash down evenly.

Frankly, I think I am too much of a wuss to actually get anywhere with this craft. Of all of the crazy projects I have done in my past, I will say, this is the one that scares me the most. The idea of smashing a hammer at full speed towards my fingers is just a little too much for me. I think I only got a good impression once (See the lone Y?).

I haven’t decided if I’m going to try again—I think I’m missing something here about stamping metal? Anyone have tried this themselves and get anywhere? Have you tried a supposedly easy craft, only to find you should leave it to the experts?


Mrs. Panda

Boston, MA
Wedding Date:
June 2013
Pick Your Battles (even the silly ones)
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  1. panda Bee
    Mrs. Panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:39 pm

    @margot thanks for the tips! It definitely isn’t as easy as it looks.

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