I purchased a couple sets of metal stamps, and I intended to make jewelry with them.
I didn't spend a whole lot of time looking for tutorials and resources, but I got myself the following supplies:
-raw brass stamping blanks in various shapes and sizes (thin metal, but brass should be fine.. right?)
-dampening pad underneath hammer
I just got my stamping blanks, and I tested out a letter from a 5mm alphabet set. the stamp didn't leave a deep impression, and some parts looked thicker/deeper than others; it was just looked wonky. Upon closer inspection of the stamp itself, I noticed that it wasn't a perfectly flat surface from the side view; there were chips and marks along the surface!
The other stamps in the set look fine, but the one I used looks godawful. I got them from an etsy store that makes their own stamps, and they have great reviews.. Is brass not a good metal to stamp with or something? Am I at fault for ruining the stamp? Basically, I want to know:
What can I do to prevent damaging my stamps?
Is it normal for stamps to get uneven/fractured with continual use? I mean that was the first time I used it, and it got messed up pretty badly........
What ruins metal stamps?
I'll upload a pic of the stamp later, but I'm curious if the fault was mine or not. I thought I bought all the right things, is there something crucial missing?