Metal Embossing

Copper & Aluminium Embossed Flowers for Beautiful Rustic Spring Decor

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Simple metal embossing techniques for crafting are used to create unique copper and aluminium embossed flowers from scalloped punched metal toiling foil.

Today I have a cute little craft using very simple hand embossing on copper and aluminium tooling foil that creates a beautiful more rustic look for spring with these Copper and Aluminium embossed flowers.  I have these beauties in my kitchen, but they would look great anywhere, even outside.

 
These flowers are punched out using a standard scallop punch commonly used for paper crafting.  I love using punches whenever possible because it is so fast and the edges are nice and clean.  The metal that I used on this project is 38 gauge tooling metal that is aluminium on one side and colored copper on the other.  Makes it very nice to not have to purchase 2 different colors!

Info on Metal Used:    People have asked me if the metal I use has sharp edges.  This tooling metal (38 gauge) is pretty soft and pliable.  It cuts easily with ordinary household scissors and is slightly thicker than a disposable tin foil backing pan.   As long as your cut edges are clean, you shouldn’t have any issues handling the metal.  Don’t get me wrong, if you rub the side of the metal in just the wrong way, you will get cut, just like you would with paper and the resulting paper cut.  

Supplies Used:

Copper tooling foil
Aluminium tooling foil
embossing stylist  (substitute a dull pencil)
cup and ball tool (substitute a rounded eraser on the end of a pencil)
decorative wheel (optional)
glue gun
bamboo skewers
empty jar (I used a Starbucks jar)
twine
Scissors
Vase Filler Beads (Optional)
soft surface to emboss on  (I use a rubber mat, you can substitute a magazine or piece of suede)

Never tried metal embossing?: For More information on how-to and  resources on where I obtain my supplies – check out my mini series on Metal Embossing.

Tools used for crafting with metal embossing.
Step 1:  Punch out 2 copper and 2 aluminium scallops using a scallop punch.
Step 2:  Placing your scallop on a soft surface, use a cup and ball tool and eyeball the center and press in a circular motion using gentle pressure, make a circle.
Simple metal embossing on punched scallops.
Step 3:  Using the stylist, draw a flower pattern.   Optional:  use a decorative wheel to add to your design.
Simple metal embossing on punched scallops.
Simple metal embossing on punched scallops.
Step 4:  Using a standard household scissors, cut 4 leaf shapes out of the foil.  Add any detail you wish using the stylist or a decorative wheel.  I used a decorative wheel which adds a nice texture to the leaf.
Simple metal embossing on sluminium.
Step 6:  Glue flowers and leaves to bamboo skewers.  I cut off the ends to have different heights for my flowers.  Just be aware the the hot glue will make the metal hot too, so be careful pressing and holding the flower to the skewer.  I waited a few seconds for it to cool before I pressed it down.
Step 7:  Wrap twine on your jar and secure with a little bead of hot glue.    I used a few filler beads in the bottom of my jar to hold my skewer flowers in place.
Simple metal embossing techniques for crafting are used to create unique copper and aluminium embossed flowers from scalloped punched metal toiling foil.
Simple metal embossing techniques for crafting are used to create unique copper and aluminium embossed flowers from scalloped punched metal toiling foil.
Simple metal embossing techniques for crafting are used to create unique copper and aluminium embossed flowers from scalloped punched metal toiling foil.
I just love these little flowers for a little non-traditional taste of spring.  These cute little flowers would also look great as an addition to a beautiful outside flowering basket or container or on a patio table.
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24 Comment

  1. Erlene A
    March 18, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    Wow, I never knew about these crafting tools for adding details to aluminum. Will be going on my list of craft supplies.

    1. Laurie
      March 18, 2015 at 1:09 pm

      Thank Erlene! So happy to be co-hosting the SCBH with you!
      Laurie

  2. Beverly Roderick
    March 18, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    So pretty! I love all the details you added to them. I'm excited that you're co-hosting the SCBH!

    1. Laurie
      March 18, 2015 at 2:28 pm

      Thanks Beverly! Happy to be co-hosting with you!

  3. Renee Cheatham
    March 18, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Love the copper and aluminum combination – These look chic and vintage at the same time! Happy to be co-hosting the Spring Craft Blog Hop with this this time around!

    1. Laurie
      March 18, 2015 at 7:27 pm

      Thanks so much Renee! I'm so happy to be co-hosting with you for the Spring Craft Blog Hop! Thanks for stopping by today!

  4. MomHomeGuide.com
    March 18, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    Beautiful! I just pinned these to my "Love These Ideas!" board on Pinterest.

    1. Laurie
      March 18, 2015 at 8:44 pm

      Thanks Lauren, and I appreciate the share too! Hope you have a great rest of the week!
      ~Laurie

  5. Amanda Kolb
    March 21, 2015 at 1:58 am

    These are awesome and something I would have never thought about doing. Just wanted to stop by and let you know that I'm going to be featuring these on My Favorite Things weekend roundup tomorrow! Have a great weekend!

    1. Laurie
      March 21, 2015 at 3:07 pm

      Amanda, Thank you so much! I'm thrilled that you would include my little flowers in your weekend roundup!

  6. Lisa @ Fun Money Finds
    March 21, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    I cannot believe you did those yourself!!! If I tried, I promise they would look nothing like that! They are beautiful and if you're not selling them, you should.

    1. Laurie
      March 21, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      Thank you so much Lisa! lol, I'm sure you could make these too, they are really very simple. I wouldn't know the first thing about selling them but I do have fun making them 🙂

  7. Ash and Crafts
    March 23, 2015 at 2:29 am

    Hello! Visiting from the Meetup Monday link party. These are so beautiful. You did such an amazing job! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Laurie
      March 23, 2015 at 3:28 am

      Thank you so much! Appreciate you stopping by.

  8. Tina Marie
    March 23, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    These are just beautiful!

    1. Laurie
      March 23, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      Thank so much Tina Marie!

  9. Rachel Beach
    March 26, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Beautiful! I wonder if you could use inks or something to give them a patina. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday!

    1. Laurie
      March 26, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      Thanks Rachel. Yes, they could be given a patina if that is the look you would like. Thanks for popping over 🙂

  10. Krista
    March 30, 2015 at 12:43 am

    Yet another awesome and doable home decor craft! Love it! Thanks for stopping by MeetUp Monday! http://www.thequinntessentialmommy.com

    1. Laurie
      March 30, 2015 at 5:24 am

      Thanks so much Krista! I always enjoy linking up to MeetUp Monday!

  11. Kimberly Lewis
    March 30, 2015 at 7:07 pm

    This looks so incredible! Loving it! Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for being a part of our party. I hope to see you tonight at 7. Lou Lou Girls

    1. Laurie
      April 1, 2015 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks Kimberly! Always enjoy the Lou Lou Girls Fabulous Link Party!

  12. Leia
    April 2, 2015 at 3:50 am

    Those are really cool! I love the vase you have them in as well. Thanks for sharing at On Display Thursday party! Join us again this Thursday!
    -Leia @ Eat It & Say Yum

    1. Laurie
      April 2, 2015 at 5:15 am

      Thanks Leia. I enjoyed sharing at On Display Thursday. 🙂

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