Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Metal Plaque

My challenge on Craftmess is to do a metal plaque using embossing folders, alcohol inks, different metals and techniques. Some parts were embossed and burnished in flame, some parts free hand embossed, some pierced.
Top left was freehand embossing with an alcohol ink wash and then rubbed with sand paper to bring back the metalbase of a copper coated metal, next a piece of foil container embossed with a folder and alcohol ink dripped on. next a coke can pierced using a stencil, alcohol ink blended on top off
Middle row coke can free hand embossed and alcohol inked, next coke can embossed using a folder and burnised in flame, finally an embossing frame covered in a single colour and sanded back to foil, a jem in centre
Bottom row, freehand embossing, piercing and sanding on foil. next a copper piece with pen top embossing alcohol allowed to run through circles and sanding back to silver metal. on the final piece i stamped an image and embossed free hand, i then blended an alocohol mix and i sanded back to the silver metal.
As it was difficult to photograph so here are 3 others to show the work

Decorating jars

Well I entered an alter a coffee jar competition on Craftymess.
My inital idea was to do a block jar.

We all get mental blocks and loss of inspiration, this jar contains 4 different shapes, 1 shape has colour, then next has type of card, the next main feature, embellishment. The jar is to be shaken and 1 or 2 colours pulled out, 1 or 2 embellishments, but only 1 featureand type of card. I put easy options on the coloured side, and harder options on the white side with black/white gel pen

I wanted an indian type theme so i wanted to trap sequines between glass and decopatch paper.
I coated inside of jar with PVA and randomly added squines. I then tore up the 3 differnt types of decopatch paper and added them on top, using more PVA over the top as a seal.

When dry i filled the jar with the mountboard shapes added an instruction card and decorated the jar top with threads, cords and charms.
Here are the results