6/20/12

Embezzling Metal



Lemme finally explain how I got
<--this effect.




So, I've mentioned a couple times that paper scrapbooky things are my guilty pleasure, right? Something about a kit being a great big cheating shortcut... Thing is, the materials are always cuter than anything people ever make with them. But, every so often I'll indulge in a trip around the web, checking out new products and papers and such. Last time, I stumbled upon:




Which while kinda silly, led me to a mini obsession about these crusty embossing powders. Like, look at a regular white:
Stamp N Stuff Emboss Powder-.5oz/White Opaque compared to this lady's white:
Anyways, I liked the splattered enamel look. So then they started selling these variety packs, and it was on.

I even got this swirlytwirly:
And some ink pads.
Heat, Color, Set & Fire: Surface Effects for Metal Jewelry





I should also mention that I got the idea of embossing on metal from this book.




The rest was trial and lots of error. I learned, for example, that rubbing the finished product with alcohol will remove a lot of it, as in this:
The Spark. Embossed Lighter Victorian Tribal Assemblage Necklace.Which was originally stamped with the twirly stamp design. I like the random blobs, though.
Ghostly. Rustic Gypsy Victorian Tribal Bracelet. I was worried it might chip off but I  learned that not only doesn't it chip off, it's almost impossible to fully get off, even with alcohol and heat and burning all the skin on your fingertips ...
The Vision. Victorian Tribal Antique Assemblage Bracelet.And that different colors behave differently. Or at least, the colors behave differently than the metallics.Anastasia. Rustic Gypsy Victorian Tribal Leather Frame Cuff with Tin.
I haven't listed this necklace but here you can actually see some stamping and not just random globs-
Although in the back the stamp pattern gets a bit lost:
Here's a cheap aluminum blank that I had fun hammering, shaping then adding a touch of the ol' embez:
The bottom piece shows what it originally looked like.
And there you have it. Easy and addictive. Look for more to come.

One more note.
 Most of the ephemera featured in these photos was not my old stash, but rather a recent gift collection from Waterhand, an avid paper collector for the past 35 years. She want y'all to know she welcomes a convo from anyone interested in custom ephemera orders.









So, yeah, I was surprised to hear Transylvania had seasons, too. Like, there should just be one: foggy. My mom had nothing to do with the iron, Tribalis! The hotel lady gave it to him. Though one time she was ironing and talking on the phone at the same time and stupidly put the phone down next to the iron to get something then came back and picked up the iron instead of the phone. She ended up with a red gash going down her face. People thought it was a knife scar and would be like "OHMYGOD! Did you get attacked?" And she'd have to be all, "No I answered an iron..." Then there was the time she tried to wash the dishes with Italian salad dressing and couldn't figure out why they weren't getting clean.... And it may be hot but you still have to dry your clothes, Sparrow. Not like they have a hotel clothes line. 

7 comments:

Jackie said...

Oh what fun stuff, you do such amazing things with all that you touch. I discovered that book this morning...looks like a great one, I'm going to order it.

TesoriTrovati said...

I love looking in unexpected places. That sparks my creativity so much more. I also like to take something that was meant for something else and turn it on its head. I have been using embossing powders on metal for a few years. I like the effects and you are right that it is almost impossible to chip off! But your stuff takes it to the next level, making it really appear aged and worn and so cool. Thanks for sharing your ideas! Enjoy the day. Erin

neshuma said...

Many thanks for the hat tip. I've got quite a stash here and would be glad to forage for specifics if I don't have them. Someday I'll put up a full store. For now, individually
customized orders are the best way to work.

Anvil Artifacts said...

Proof that everything looks better on metal! Great stuff as always! So what's your new plan now that you've burned off your fingerprints, hmmm? Or do we not want to know?

richelle said...

Nice technique. I use a lot of stamps for stuff but I've never tried them with the embossing powders. How chunky is the final surface? The first thing that comes to mind where you mention the pattern gets lost a little is how outlining the pattern here and there with a ultra fine point black or brown Sharpie would work to bring it out/define it a little. I often find that outlining can be the thing that brings something together. I've also been doing some faux enameling on metal with sharpies and sprays, so I've got sharpies on the mind...

Karen Mitchell said...

A while ago I was using embossing powders as surface inclusions in polymer clay. I never thought of using them on metals.

Little Brown Sparrow said...

Hey hey could I use that to make something look all rough like black sandpaper looking? Cause I want an effect like that, but I don't know what to use.

Also hot room- can you not just hang your clothes around near a fan and they dry? Works in Australia...