Saturday 18 July 2009

Messing about with metal - Experiment.3

I punched a 2" disc out of some thick copper which I have had for over 30 years, and had forgotten all about it until recently, when an article on Time for Crafting reminded me, so I had a rummage and found it.

I ran it through my Wizard machine with an embossing plate, and coloured it with alcohol inks. I think that I might hammer it a bit to make the butterfly's body. I think it would look better


I haven't made an ATC for ages, but after being stuck for ideas I decided to download a free image and background paper and have a go.

I tried out the Tim Holtz method of shading/colouring using a sponge and ink on a craft mat. It was fun once I got the hang of it.

I might use this on a card or a box in the future, but for now will keep it as a sample of the technique.

Experimenting with metal - 2

More inspiration from Time for Crafting

A square of tin coloured with a mixture of alcohol inks, run through a Cuttlebug embossing folder, then rubbed like crazy with a piece of sandpaper - ruining my nails!

Messing about with metal - Experiment.1.

This wooden model reminds me of Posh Spice for some reason. Every day that I am in my studio I change it's pose. I know it is childish, but it gets manoeuvred into some very weird positions and it really makes me smile!

Today it is 'modelling' an experimental piece of metal work I did today. It took me hours and nearly ended up in the bin on several occasions!

On the Time for Crafting site Sara has featured metal work in her latest magazine, so I thought I would try out different ways of using it.

I tried painting it red with alcohol inks, but couldn't get a nice finish. Then I tried highlighting just the roses and wording - but easier said than done.

So I ended up cleaning it all off, 'hammering' with a pointy thing from the garage, painted it black, then sanded it off.