With a busy summer and a severe case of writers block, I thought I would do a post on an art project I did myself. It’s a 36″x12″ embossed piece of copper foil. It’s really easy to do, pretty inexpensive compared to other art projects and makes for an interesting and original piece to hang on your walls. So, if you are looking for something to do in a day, give this a shot.
Please note, before you critique the merits of my art talent, I have a few of disclaimers. First, once upon a time, I considered myself an artist. I took a ton of art classes in high school and college, and even received an art scholarship. Those days are now long gone along with rotary phones and Betamax. Today, my art skills have become pretty darn rusty. So in other words, cut me some slack. Secondly, taking a good photo of really shiny metal is difficult, so I don’t think these photos do the piece justice. And thirdly, well…yada, yada, yada. Okay, enough already. On with the project.
So, if you want to create your own piece, here’s what you’ll need:
- A piece of copper or silver foil found at your local art shop.
- Tracing paper I found at a fabric store.
- A large piece of foam core.
- Embossing tools. I used a couple different wood sculpting items used for sculpting clay.
- Something pointed and sharp, like a pen.
- A hammer
- Maid-O’-Metal Plastic Luster
To prepare the design:
- Sketch out your design. This is where I usually get stuck. Yikes, new ideas. This time I was inspired by my trip to Alaska and all the Native American art I saw. I created my own interpretation of their animal artwork. Since the full sheet of metal is an odd size, I had to use several pieces of paper to create the design. The metal is pretty thin. So, if you like, cut it down to a more manageable size. Although, I like the full size it comes in.
- Trace over your designs onto the tracing paper. Remember, you’ll be working in reverse.
- Place your tracing paper on the metal and trace your design from the paper. It doesn’t seem to stick well, but at least you’ll have a guideline to work from.
Now the fun part:
- Place the foil on the foam core. You need something soft under the metal, so that when you press on it, it will have some give to the metal.
- Start by using something sharp to trace an outline each piece.
- Next, press into the metal with the wooden tools. I flipped the metal over so some parts were concaved and other convexed. This took some thought as I went along, especially when it came to the eyes.
- When I was done, I thought the background needed some texture. I took a hammer and lightly pounded it.
- Once you are finished, brush a light layer of the Plastic Luster to keep it from dulling.
That’s it! Easy to do in a day. If you should attempt this, send us a photo of the finished piece and we’ll show it off.
One more note. Besides the metal being shiny, another factor I have to deal with when taking a photo is my dog. He always tries to get in every shot. How can I resist not adding him? He’s such a cutie and a ham.
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