As with many shops we have interviewed, I first saw Hattie Rex at the 2018 Made in Montana Show! Since I’m learning to metal stamp myself, I was instantly in awe of the skills this shop has to create so many beautiful things! Trust me- it takes some serious skill! Check out my T&O Top 9 MiMT to see my Hattie Rex wish list!!
1. Shop Basics
My favorite products are our pet ID tags. That’s what started Hattie Rex and it’s still what continues to distinguish our work from other hand-stamped metal artists. I love that our pet ID tags are functional (life-saving even!) while being little pieces of art. My favorite tag is a classic: The ID bar pet tag. We’ve been making this product for 8 years now and I love that it has 4 sides for 4 different lines of text. The efficient shape makes it one of our most durable pet tags and making it is fun, too. When you stamp a piece of metal that thick, you get to strike the hammer really hard, and it just feels good.
I love that we get to say yes to people when they come in with an idea. This isn’t the type of place where you have to settle for what’s on the shelf. If you don’t like what’s available, we’ll make your ideas become a reality. That level of personalization creates gifts that are so special and sentimental that I feel honored to be a part of the interaction between the giver and the recipient. We get to create keepsakes.
Daily life is the greatest inspiration. I like creating products that are functional and not just decorative. Our wine charms, shoe tags, keychains, and other products serve a purpose of distinguishing one person’s drink, keys, or child from another, while being nice to look at, too. A lot of our jewelry is created when I have an outfit that needs an accessory, or I need a gift to give to a friend. Necessity really is the greatest inventor.
I have two. About 10 years ago, I made a couple of tags for a family’s dogs. After the dogs passed away, the owner got those tags tattooed on his arm as a memorial for his pets!The other was a sweet one, too. We made a dog tag for a man who wanted to have his dog involved in his proposal, so the tag said: “will you marry my daddy?” If that isn’t sweet enough, when the then-wife found out she was pregnant, she ordered the same dog tag to break the news. This time, she had us stamp: “you’re going to be a daddy!”