Stamping Die/Block, Antique Bronze, Lotus/CrownChakra Design, 28mm


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  • Antique bronze stamping "die" or block for making Indian or Afghan amulets
  • The surface of this block is 28mm across
  • This die and others like it may be of interest if you are a metalworker, but artists using precious metal clay or polymer clay might also find them useful for creating pendants, beads, or simply adding texture to various projects.
  • The process for making traditional "plaque" amulets involves cutting a sheet of typically 18ga silver sheet to a size a bit larger than the die. Heating the sheet to red hot, quenching in water, laying it over the die and covering the silver with a thick sheet of lead. Several blows with a heavy, broad-faced sledgehammer, all across the surface of the stamping block (taking care not to shift the metals), forces the silver into the depressions in the stamping block.
  • Next the lead separated and the silver lifted from the stamping block it shows a clean and clear die-stamped impression.
  • Amulets are often reinforced with borders created with other dies (ASM-363 or ASM-347) which are soldered onto the edges of the images. Corners are covered by soldering on even smaller decorative components from multi-purpose dies like (ASM-364). Then all that's left to do is to create the ring or rings for suspending the amulet/pendant.
  • I have about a dozen, but each one is unique