METAL STAMPING in Manila

by - October 04, 2014

METAL STAMPING… I had been wanting to do this craft since last year, and finally, this third quarter of the year, I was able to start on it. Would you look at these first, pretty, little projects of mine? Teehee. :)



No one would be able to count the number of times I had searched the web for tools, supplies, materials, and tutorials on metal stamping. I had been a frequent visitor of ebay and beaducation.com. By the way, beaducation.com is amazing; they offer free online classes. I learned a lot from this site.

It actually was hard on me since I could not source anywhere within the Philippines the main tool I needed for this hobby, which was the metal stamps themselves. For months, I hunted the world wide web and found that I could most economically purchase it from the other side of the world. This was not an easy option for me because, NUMBER 1: I had no credit card during that time. I had a debit card and paypal account but man, I had a lot of other more important expenses than financing my debit card. NUMBER TWO: Buying it overseas means shipping + tax fees. I felt that it was going to be quite a burden for me. And NUMBER THREE: I was saving up for something far more expensive.

So when I got my first credit card this year, the next thing I purchased after buying my mom a laptop (Yes, I am such a good girl, I bought my mom a laptop; she deserves it.) was my uppercase set of metal letter stamps. Hooray! I thought that nothing would progress if I would just continue eyeing the items online; I needed to make a move if I really want to make this happen. As the patintero principle says, “It’s better to cross the line and suffer the consequences than to just stare at the line for the rest of your life.” I crossed the line. Yey!


I bought mine through ebay. Ebay’s actually not that scary, one just have to do his homework in doing a background check on the supplier he is going to transact with. Plus, I transact through my paypal account, never with just my credit card number. Also, the one linked to my paypal account is an e-credit card, which my bank has specifically designed for online shopping.

I was able to find an item that comes with free shipping. It was shipped through economy international shipping, which took so long to arrive, a month to be precise, but who was in a hurry? I was just starting. Also, economy shipping delivers items to the post office nearest the shipping address, so I paid the Makati post office a good morning visit.

While I was waiting for my metal stamps to arrive, I had been bugging kuya to help me find a bench block and metal sheets locally. I did not want to source these from abroad as I know I could find some here. So when my stamps finally arrived, I became all the more persistent in bugging kuya to help me source these items. My mom, out of pity, I guess, lend her car so that we can explore the junkshops, hardware stores, metal shops and the like around Pasig. Finally! We were able to find a metal store that had a junk hardened steel. I was so lucky since the scrap metal was perfectly cut, unlike the first one that kuya canvassed in a junk shop in Marikina. I guess it was about 6x6 in, weighing a tremendous 5 kilo, and I got it for only Php 225 + Php 200 gas, heehee. A typical 3x3 in bench block sold online costs around Php 600 + shipping fee + tax. One just really have to be resourceful.

But we still failed to find aluminum and/or copper sheets. As kuya phrased it, “May pampukpok, may pukpukan, walang pupukpukin.” -_-

I first practiced on some GI washers that I bought the night before. Here was the result:


Kuya advised me to look for metal sheets in Raon, so I scheduled a trip to Quiapo the following Saturday. Here was the thing, I had never been to Quiapo. O_O I had successfully made trips to Divisoria by myself before, but never to Quiapo. Fortunately, I was blessed to have le person accompany me in my adventure to Quiapo.

Our first stop was Raon, unfortunately, I had not gotten my tips quite correctly. Though there were some hardware stores in Raon, there’s none that offers metal sheets. And yes, it was indeed a place for all electronic stuff. We were about to give up when one salesperson was kind enough to suggest to go check out Alonzo St., so we walked from Raon to Alonzo, and you would see in Google Map that Alonzo is not that near to Raon.

And yes! Manong was correct. Alonzo St. was a haven for all those metal sheets. We first canvassed for copper sheet and I was shocked to find that it was that, and I mean THAT, expensive. For a beginner, I scratched out copper for the meantime. We moved on to ask for aluminum sheet. Now this fitted my budget. I got a whole sheet with a dimension of 4x8 feet, gauge 24. But now I realized that I should have gotten a gauge 20 instead; I had forgotten that aluminum was softer than other metals. The challenging part was bringing the whole piece back home. The store was not offering cutting services so the whole sheet was rolled. We were referred to a nearby tinsmith shop but its Chinese owner was so sungit! I hate masusungit product/service providers. I really hate them. They get their revenues from customers; how can they be masungit?!! I, myself, is a masungit and mataray person but not when I am providing my services to others. I was just really blessed that it was le person who went with me because how the heck was I supposed to bring home the rolled 4x8 ft aluminum sheet?

After Alonzo, we traversed back to the heart of Quiapo and visited Villalobos St. to drop by Wellmansons. I needed to have raw materials for this hobby-to-be of mine. It was a very organized shop. I got some charms that I really liked. Some of these are below:


I did not have time to explore the other shops along Villalobos anymore and went straight home after Wellmansons since le person was already beyond exhaustion coming from his night shift work, which was why I was very thankful that he accompanied me. I would had been a scared and crying kitty in the busy streets of Quiapo.

Kuya was still around when I got home. Lucky! I had him help me cut the aluminum sheet into smaller pieces. Kuya also gave me some tips and tricks. He is like an all-around craft smith, which made things convenient for me since I have someone to ask things about.

Kuya had now rephrased his words, “May pampukpok, may pukpukan, may pupukpukin na.”

I excitedly practiced on my metal stamping. It took me a number of tries to feel what was the perfect working level, and strength I should apply with my hammer. I was just using a normal 16 oz hardware hammer. I looked around for a brass mallet, but I could find none. Anyway, a normal hammer will do, it just has to be 16 oz or heavier. 8 or 12 oz will not give an ideal result.

I missed the letter "H" there. -_-

Basically, if one wants to start on this metal stamping hobby, these are the basic tools one will need:


I’ll probably dedicate another entry on how I arrived at my other tools and supplies. But for now, I am just so happy that I am able to start on this metal stamping craft. Thank God. He indeed makes all things possible, even with things one would never thought of achieving. I started asking for this last year, and God gave it to me this year. I love the Lord. Teehee. :)





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17 comments

  1. Hi we are selling different kinds of fonts for stamps, we also have tools and supplies for METAL STAMPING - Impress Art (us brand). Please follow our instagram and facebook account @METALSTAMPING_PH or you can contact us at 09053071208 . Thanks.

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  2. Hi, Jeya! I'm looking to start metal stamping myself, and am super interested in knowing where you get all your tools and supplies. As in every single one of them. Haha. Do you think you could shoot me an email? :)

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    1. Hi, Apple! Yes, sure. I'll send you an email. :)

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  3. Hi Jeya,

    Thanks so much for you super interesting post! I am like you at the beggining trying to find like crazy suppliers of my hobby in Manila but I cant find them aywhere. I even tried with @METALSTAMPING_PH but they dont even dare to reply. Wouls really really appreciate if you could send me some info!! Thanks soo much!

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    1. Hi, Malu. Sure. I would love to shoot you an email. How do I send you one?

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  4. hi.... i'm also interested and love to try metal stamping but i don't know where to buy the materials needed.. Hope u'll help me..pls let me know where you get ur tools/ materials ... tnx;)

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    1. Hi sure. Jot down your email and i'll send you one. Thanks! :)

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  5. Hi JeYa! Can you send me an email too?

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    1. Hi, sure. Drop your e-mail add (I won't publish). :)

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  6. Hi jeya..can u send mi an email too?..if we're am I going to buy a metal stamping kit..I've been searching almost 3months:(...please jeya help mi

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    1. hi there! Drop your email as well so I can shoot you a message. Though I can recommend Metalstamping_ph (fb), who is distributor of impress art metal stamps. They now carry the basic sets which are cheaper than the regular sets, you may try that.

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  7. Hi Jeya,

    Me too. I had been looking where to buy the tools here in manila. I hope you can help me. Thanks!

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    1. Hello there. Metalstamping_ph (FB)/@diycrafts.ph (IG) is carrying ImpressArt metal stamping tools and supplies here in Manila. I believe Jigs and Clays, Purple Nook Clay shop still carry some metal stamping sets as well. Hope this helps. :)

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  8. Hello po, yung metal stamping po ba ay pwede ding gamitin sa leather ? Tnx po

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    1. Hello! Pwede, pero meron talaga iba stamps for leather. :)

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  9. Hi, what material do you use sa pag stamp? Stainless steel or aluminum?
    And can i have also the suppliers? Thank you! More power! :)

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    1. Hello! I use aluminum for my blanks. You may check these for some of the suppliers:

      https://nopickup.blogspot.com/2015/02/where-to-buy-metal-stamps-in-manila.html
      https://nopickup.blogspot.com/2015/03/where-to-buy-metal-stamping-blanks-in.html

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