I taught a metal embossing workshop at Paddy's yesterday (rpt next Tues still has a couple of spaces if anyone's interested) so I just had to continue my theme for my valentine! I heated the copper in the flame from my gas cooker to get the coloured effect:
One of the things I love about teaching workshops is that people go away sometimes with a new confidence in themselves. Two people on the workshop had metal tools at home that they'd just had no success with. They both went home thrilled with their pieces, and keen to carry on at home.
We worked on copper sheet which allowed us to colour the metal in a number of ways. We had such a laugh 'aging' our copper with sawdust, vinegar and salt n vinegar crisps. Sawdust and vinegar worked the best, how cool does Kate's flower look?
We used rubber stamps for the images on our books
Lynn's work already looks fabulous, but think how amazing this is going to be when it's covering the book...all that yummy texture!
Sue, Cynthia and Kate all had different themes
Sue's had a dragon theme, like Kate's, but on the back she used the Tanda stamps roof tile image to represent scales! Cynthia went for a heart theme. The Elusive Images heart just looks amazing in copper, as do the keys and locks that Kate used.
Sue and Cynthia did work some more color into their books after I took these photos. Sue was especially thrilled to be taking home a completed project!!
Kate took hers home to colour with promarkers so she could be more precise with applying colour to her piece.
This metal book definitely brought out the dragon lovers in our group! Freema embossed a beautiful tree on the other side of her book...
[apols for photo quality]
Having noticed that Ten Seconds Studio had brought out a gears embossing plate at CHA 2010, I wondered how well Tim's gears would emboss. I love how Sue used this idea to create 'leaves' on the tree her owl is sitting on. I'd watch her blog for more pics of this yummy book, I suspect it wil have had more additions once it got home!