Friday, 24 June 2011

Metal Experiment No 1

I have just spent a fun couple of days experimenting with some new metal techniques. All three of them are based on embossing metal using a brass charm as my mould. I tried popping it through my Big Shot to eliminate the hard work of hand embossing......I can tell you that yes, it can be done......but......you knew there would be a but didn't you?.......the brass charm ends up quite banana shaped!!!!!!

So here's the first technique, this one is simply called crumpled metal.
To start, I secured my chosen charm to my acrylic mat with a small blob of blue tac, then placed my metal over the top, secured with some masking tape.

Rub over the metal with a paper stump to outline the design.

Then with a pointy tool (Ten Seconds Studio refiner) draw around all the detail on the charm to refine the image, it will become nice and sharp.
Leaving the charm in place behind the embossed image to support it, crumple all the surrounding metal.

Oh by the way, those are both my hands in the picture, one thumb painted pink was a bit of an experiment.....have been walking around now for two days with one pink nail.....keep forgetting to remove it!!!!


Next take some black acrylic paint and use a paint brush to work it into all the fine detail. Leave to sit for 30 seconds before wiping away the excess with a paper towel.

Last but not least, brush black paint over the crumpled areas and again wipe away the excess with a per towel.
I am really loving the look of this, it's a fun technique but sadly I can't reveal the finished project yet as it is a class sample for the next release of classes.

As for techniques two and three, you'll need to stop by again in a day or so when I'll be sharing the next one.

Have a fun weekend, I'm teaching my Triple Decker class to ten lovely ladies in the morning, so I think I need an early night.

Lin

21 comments:

Judi said...

Wow, looks fabulous, must try it. Thanks for the idea, I am sure the fished article will be stunning - as always!

Daniele said...

fabbie technique Lin, thanks for the peek

ellen vargo said...

gorgeous. brilliant. love it. can't wait for more... keep 'em coming!

Von said...

that looks so cool :)

Helen said...

Looks fabulous! Love that crumpled metal - you can even crumple metal beautifully!
Thanks for the art parts - hope to play at the weekend!

Lourdes said...

That's FABULOUS!.....I like so much!....Definitly, I'll try it!

Thanks for sharing

Kaz said...

What a fab idea!! cannot wait to see the next one! thanks for sharing xx

kazx

Diane Ridpath said...

I really love this technique. I have to try it. I love all your art. I wish I lived close enough to take your classes.

Tammy Tutterow said...

{gasp} Your metal work always takes my breath away. Someday I hope I get the opportunity to take a class from you!

steph said...

great technique Lin - will definately give that a go. Can't wait to see the finished article

Gio said...

thanks for sharing! love the effect you get it!

Caroline said...

As always you have come up trumps - fabulous - I'm lovin' this technique....look forrd to the next installment/techniques. brilliant. Caro x

wendy vecchi said...

hail to the QUEEN of METAL!
this looks great!

Jenni said...

This looks fab Lin! Love the contrast between the sharply outlined charm and the crumpled metal. Can't wait to see the rest and the finished product. Have a great weekend
Jenni

Siobhan Brignull said...

now you just need to come up with a use for banana shaped brass charms, ur2 clever :)

Lottie said...

Fantastic

Linda Cain said...

OUTSTANDING! Love the technique!!!

~Linda

Lisa and Elaine @ Destination Art said...

Lin
another great thing to do with metal!!!
Awesome!
Thanks so much for sharing....LOVE IT
Lisa and Elaine @ Destination Art

Neet said...

So you got your nails clean afterall.
Gorgeous - look forward to seeing the finished article.

Dragon said...

WOO I am LOVIN it and off to try it....
Frankie
xx

Trish said...

Fantasic idea (as you always have!), and it looks stunning. Thanks so much for sharing