Here is the final post in this little mini series! Thanks again to all who have e-mailed me with additional questions and comments. I am in awe, and did not expect such a response. Finishing the project and getting the look I want is still sometimes a challenge. Today I’ll discuss the process I use when finishing the project.
Keep in mind that I am no expert. I am passing on what I have learned and what works best for me.
Using the two projects from the Post #3 in this series, I will show you various ways to finish each of these projects. I’m starting with the Elegant Lady, remember her?
I cut her out using a pair of scissors. Because this project has such little spaces to get to, I used a jewelry scissors. The jewelry scissors have a much smaller blade and allowed me to get into all the little spaces I needed to cut. I picked up the little scissors at Hobby Lobby in the jewelry section for under $3.00.
I’m also showing my regular scissors and a little tool I picked up at an art store that I use as a dry point cutter. I use the dry point cutter and my cutting board to cut out very small areas – like in this project the little area between the purse handle. The dry point cutter is used to score the metal until it cuts.
Here is the cut out piece laid on a piece of black felt. You could call this project finished at this point as it is beautiful as it is. However, I decided I wanted to dress this lady up for spring and to show you what it would look like with a little color added.
I chose to use alcohol inks because the color is very vibrant. These inks are available at all the major craft stores and a very little goes a long, long way on metal.
I use a cotton swab and put a few drops of ink on a swab and rub it over the area I want to color.
I finished this project by placing the felt and metal piece in a frame. I did not have to glue it down, however, depending on the project, you may want to. I should mention that it is a good idea to protect your piece by spraying on a clear coat to seal and protect your work.
Loved how this project turned out. It was so very easy to do and took me under 1/2 hour from start to finish. The use of the stencils for textures is such a fun and very simple way to emboss.
Pewter-Like Finish on Aluminium
Now, for the pattern I embossed in Post #3 of this series. I will show you two different ways to get a pewter-like finish. Aluminium is shiny and some projects look great without any additional finish as you saw above, however, if the look you want is a dull pewter-like finish, then you have to color the metal.
Here is the finished piece. I used the metal end of my stylist tool to scribble on the flat areas of this design to give it a different look. This is optional, but just another way to add different texture into your piece.
In my first example, I’m using gilders paste. This is available on-line (for links of where to find it, see Post #2 in this series).
This paste can get a little dried out. When that happens, I take a cotton swab and mix in just a little mineral spirits. A very small amount of this paste goes a long way.
You can apply the paste with a fingertip (it washes off easily), or apply it with a cotton swab. I have done both. I rub it across the metal to dull the metal and to help define the piece.
When finished, take a soft cloth or a square of felt and lightly buff the piece to remove any excess paste.
After using the paste, let it dry for at least 24 hours and then lightly spray the project with a clear top coat.
Another way to achieve a Pewter-like finish is to use any basic black craft paint.
I picked up a heart cut out left over from a different project to show you how this works. I quickly embossed some x’s and o’x on the piece then covered the project with the black paint using a cotton swab.
I let it sit for a minute or two, then took a soft cloth and rubbed off the excess. The result is that the black paint sticks into the crevices and lightly colors the other sections of the metal.