Making Metal Embellishments.

30 06 2012

Today I have been playing with some of my new toys and new products.  It has been FUN.  I have a project I am working on that is a bit funky, mixing fabric, encaustic wax, TAP, metal and some textural bits.  I decided I wanted to have contrast in my metals, so pulled out my embossing tools and metal paints.  The ones I am showing you today won’t make it into the project but a second set I did at the same time will.  Intriqued? Good!

So here is how you can make stunning metal shim embellishments, or at least one version.  I started with plain aluminium shim.  It has a silver look. 

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I cut six smaller pieces – 2 by 2.5 inches square as these fit my Sizzix Embossing Folder. 

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I then ran them through the embossing machiney thing (my favourite new toy – for today at least).  I used a ‘steam punk’ design of keys and gears.  This is how they turned out.

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Cool, huh?

Then I pulled out the Vintaj Patina inks.  These are designed to adhere and seal metals.  I used three greens:

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These come as a set – Weathered Copper. You don’t need much to colour your metals.  I worked on some baking paper to protect my bench top, though some would argue if I got enough paint on it, it would motivate me to take out the 1970s orange.

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I used about double of what I originally put out, but you can see you don’t need much, just a few drops to get you started.  I then painted each of the pieces of shim with different amounts of the three colours.

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These paints are very quick drying and have a lovely surface coverage. I really enjoyed this process as it was so quick.  Once they were dry, I took to them with a couple of emery boards.  I knew I had these for a reason, and it clearly is not to maintain my nails.  With the roughest side of the emery boards, I rubbed the paint off the raised surface of the embossing.  That let the silver back through.  SOOOO Cool.

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These metal pieces can be shaped, rolled and most importantly stitched through.

If you want to have a go at this, some of the products I used are currently on my new website – www.mixedmediamayhem.com.au.  The remainder will be added when the stock gets through customs.

What do you think??

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2 responses

1 07 2012
Jo Murray

Love the idea of embossing metal for art and craft projects. Will have to investigate the purchase of an embossing press.

1 07 2012
uniquestitching

Hi Jo, you can emboss metal without the machine with a ball point pen or a bamboo skewer, but you won’t get the complexity of the designs that you can get with the embossing folders.

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