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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Metal Art

This project can be time consuming, but it is easy and really makes a great gift.
All you need is a roll of soft metal found at Hobby Lobby and comes in sliver, copper and gold (I like the copper myself), a paint pen (the thin ones usually work best for script) and an embossing tool- not sure on the technical name for this

Begin by cutting your metal to fit a chosen frame, then print out a copy of a favorite scripture, quote or picture that would fit on the metal.

Tape the copy over the metal and then use the embossing tool to trace over the letters. You have to press down pretty hard. Depending on the font you use, it can take awhile! I also put a piece or 2 of craft foam behind the metal to give it some cushion.

Once you have traced the letters, remove the paper. You should be able to see the writing pressed into the metal. At this point, go over the letters with your paint pen. If you mess up, you can use paint thinner or mineral spirits to erase the paint, it shoudn't stain the metal.

I then place the metal in a frame. This is a great way to use those frames that are oddly sized or too overpowering for an actual picture. Most of the time I put the glass behind the metal before I put the back on to give the metal some stability.

Here are a few examples of other ones I have done. Sorry about the poor quality of the pictures. One day I will have an awesome camera!

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  1. Great job on all of your metal projects! I know they must take a lot of patience, but so worth it!

  2. These are beautiful! I wish I had such patience...especially because I want one :)

  3. Wow, that's gorgeous! Love this! I would love for you to come link up over at my blog! I would love to feature these. I've got prizes :)

  4. Great job! Thanks so much for sharing the idea - I love all things metal!!

  5. Beautiful metal work. I have done some in the past and I really enjoyed it. I need to use my metal more often in projects.

  6. I love this! great idea i wil definitely be creating something with this thin metal, it is so pretty!

  7. Oh I love this! I am going to have to try it. The copper is my favorite! Great job!

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