Thursday, January 13, 2011

embossed metal charms

I made these little charms yesterday using small sized dominoes and metal foil 
(the foil I used is silver on one side, gold on the other)


Here, I'll show you how I did it:
(click on photos for larger views)

cut out your metal and trace the domino using your embossing tool
(a dead ballpoint pen works too)

cut angled corners that don't go all the way to your traced outline

pierce a hole in the center of the top tab .... just a smidge away from your traced line

using pliers, form a hanging wire thingy with a bead as a spacer

the hanging thingy goes into the hole you pierced, bead and loop side facing out

bend the wires on the reverse side (this will keep your hanger in place)

emboss your design within the traced outline
(this is the back)

(this is the front)

place your domino on the reverse side, within your traced line and fold the top and bottom tabs down. Also, fold a finished edge on the side tabs. Make sure the domino dots are facing up.

using your bone folder, smooth down all the tabs

here it is all wrapped up

lightly sand the raised parts of your embossing to reveal the silver tone underneath

using your bone folder, burnish your piece

with a little bit of diamond glaze glue, glue down the back tab.
Clip a binder clip on it until the glue is dry.

Aren't they pretty?
I don't think they are strong enough to wear as jewelry,
but I do have plans to use them as part of a larger art piece.
... Stay tuned for more metal work ....
same bat channel, same bat time :)


sharon said...

Very pretty Kimmie! A wonderful tute too, thanks so much!

Terri Kahrs said...

Soooo pretty! What a great tut, Kimmie! And I just love the technical terms (eg. "hanging wire thingy")!!! You're a woman who speaks "my language"!!! LOL!!! Hugs, Terri xoxo

*jean* said...

oo these are wonderful! and you did such a great job explaining the process..thank you! can't wait to see more!

sukipoet said...

your are so good with metal and embossing. and making tiny things. I tried doing some embossing with the pie tin idea you showed before and i was not good at it.

these are lovely.

Yvonne said...

Those are very nice charms Kimmie. Love the designs you used and the tute was great. Thanks. Will put it on my list of things I want to do one day. ;)

Halle said...

Very cool! You are a wonder with metal...

Gayle Price said...

Kimmie these are gorgeous, I love them, so pretty.

Carola Zajdman said...

You´re great !!! so creative !

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

These are gorgeous, Kimmie. Where do you get the two sided foil? And where do you get a wire thingy (grin)!

Caterina Giglio said...

Brilliant Kimmie! I will have to try this! xo

Lynn Cohen said...

Yes, they are so pretty...maybe with a strong enough wire and embedding it deeper or gluing it somehow it could still be worn? I love them.

Suzanne Thomsen Newsome said...

Gorgeous! Your charms caught my eye on another blog and WOW! I just love them and want to try your technique - thx so much for the tutorial. Now - where to find the metal foil. And is there a tutorial out there that shows more about embossing? I do have lots of dominoes and have tried other things with them. ~ Sue ~

PAK ART said...

These are gorgeous! They look like gold ingots to me. I can't wait to see what you do with them.

ooglebloops said...

If I lived closer, I would certainly drive to take a class given by you!!! Love this charms- I might try this with some dice (don't have any dominos handy!!!!
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