A huge thank you to Loll Thompson for all her tips and tricks for working with copper. This truly was a learning experience since I didn't have a torch. I tried the heat gun first, but didn't get that beautiful flow of color that she does. Next, a not so brilliant idea was a bic lighter. Ouch! That thing gets hot fast. Last resort, the gas stove. I had a bit of success with this except that you can't see what you are doing. First attempt, overheated and lost too much color. I took out the copic refills and added some color back in. After finally successfully cutting the poppies I knew that getting that skinny thing glued down was not one of my strong suits. I opted for the inlay. The tiny dots were punched with an old fashioned Making Memories punch set and hammer, then picking the dots out of the tool. The background is a left over neutral gelli print. Thanks for stopping by. Sorry the copper colors do not show up well. The lighting today during another winter storm is less than adequate.
Date: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 GMT Views: 1201
Registered: August 18, 2008 Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK Posts: 30625
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 @ 12:13 PM
Good golly, Miss Molly - this is AMAZING, Nancy! Wow, what a work of art - from the bg to the beautiful metalic inset - thanks for explaining your process, it sure helps, I wonder if I will be brave enough to give it a go! :)
Registered: December 4, 2009 Location: Beautuful Sonoma County, Ca. Posts: 17699
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 @ 12:36 PM
This is beautiful, Nancy!! Yes, working with copper can be tricky, but it gives such a rich and beautiful end result. The little copper strings you get from die cutting can be a hazard. Ranger makes an adhesive backed copper sheet. Depending on where you may find them, they are about $6.99 for a 3 pack of 6 x 6 sheets. It's very thin, so some of the more intricate die cuts don't work too well. You also cannot heat it.
I'm playing with it right now!
Registered: July 9, 2008 Location: Stars Fell on Alabama Posts: 35174
Wed, Mar 12, 2014 @ 4:09 PM
Gorgeous, Nancy! I'm ordering copper and will soon try this. I was hoping my Hobby Lobby had it. They had bronze but not copper. Ugh! Can't wait to get some.
Love your background and the wonderful tulips.
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