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Mad About Metal: More Than 50 Embossed Craft Pr...



  • Craft metal has endless decorative possibilities. It is pliable and can be wrapped around or adhered to any surface you can imagine. This book is all about using colored craft metal? decorating it by means of embossing, cutting out designs, adding further color, taking away color and filling in 3D designs, and much more?to customize found objects for your home. You will learn more about the metal and supporting mediums, as well as how to use the tools and familiarize yourself with several techniques?all of which can be applied in making more than fifty decorative and functional items provided in this book. The original projects were designed and created specifically to showcase a variety of techniques and applications, including: Transferring and tracing designs

  • Creating texture by means of inexpensive handheld tools or manual processes

  • Using an embossing machine such as the cuttlebug? for textures, patterns and die-cuts

  • Finishing techniques such as sanding, ageing and painting

  • Upcycling and repurposing

  • Tips and tricks to simplify processes The projects range from beginner to advanced levels and from quick ideas to masterpieces that will take longer to complete. Magnificent photographs of the finished objects will inspire you while step-by-step instructions and photographs will help you to get started right away.





Mad About Metal: More Than 50 Embossed Craft Pr...


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Die cutting machines or card making machines are machines that cut shapes out of paper, chipboard (like cardboard but thicker and more dense), fabric, and other materials. Most people who die cut regularly have personal die cutting machines that are about the size of a small toaster oven. These machines can sit on top of your crafting table or workspace or can be stored in a small area and brought out when needed. There are even tiny tabletop versions like the Sidekick or Mini Evolution and compact folding versions like the Sizzix Big Shot Foldaway.


In Europe, woodcut is the oldest technique used for old master prints, developing about 1400, by using on paper existing techniques for printing on cloth. The explosion of sales of cheap woodcuts in the middle of the century led to a fall in standards, and many popular prints were very crude. The development of hatching followed on rather later than in engraving. Michael Wolgemut was significant in making German woodcut more sophisticated from about 1475, and Erhard Reuwich was the first to use cross-hatching (far harder to do than in engraving or etching). Both of these produced mainly book-illustrations, as did various Italian artists who were also raising standards there at the same period. At the end of the century Albrecht Dürer brought the Western woodcut to a level that has never been surpassed, and greatly increased the status of the single-leaf (i.e. an image sold separately) woodcut.


The technique of cloisonné enamelling (from the French word for compartments) involves the soldering of flattened strips of metal (or gold/silver wires) onto a metal object, so as to create a number of raised compartments (cloisons) which are then filled with enamel and kiln-fired. A more advanced (and difficult) form of cloisonné is known as Plique-à-jour, in which the "compartments" are built with walls that are not firmly fixed to the metal base. The latter is then removed with a few taps, leaving a network of enamel-filled compartments, which allow much more light to shine through. Cloisonné was mastered during the early era of Byzantine art, and during the Romanesque/Gothic period. It also spread to China - Chinese cloisonné is now regarded as one of the most outstanding examples of the craft - see, for instance, the collection of 150 Chinese items at the G.W. Vincent Smith Art Museum, Springfield, Mass. Nineteenth century Japanese goldsmiths also produced large amounts of this type of enamelwork, which reached a peak during the turn of the century in Russia, thanks to the House of Khlebnikov and, of course, Fabergé. Other famous examples of cloisonné enamelling in Christian art include the Irish Ardagh Chalice (8th/9th century, National Museum of Ireland); the Holy Crown of Hungary (Crown of Saint Stephen, 11th century, Hungarian Parliament building, Budapest); the Khakhuli Triptych (8th-12th century, Art Museum of Georgia in Tbilisi), a gold altarpiece, reportedly the largest enamelled work of art in the world.


Earthenware is made from a mixture of clay and sand and is usually fired at temperatures near 2100F. Earthenware is opaque and porous and tends to be less resistant to chipping than stoneware. Earthenware is an ideal medium for hand-painted and embossed designs. The lower firing temperatures allow for more intense color than would be possible with other types of ceramics. Ironstone is a heavier, stronger type of earthenware.


Christmas gift tags are a fantastic way to make your presents more personal and special. In addition to providing a festive aesthetic, gift tags are practical for tracking who gave which present and which presents need to be wrapped or opened first. You can buy gift tags at craft stores or online, or make them home. DIY gift tags are better than store-bought counterparts for creating unique present labels and customizing them for each gift recipient. For example, use knitted mittens as gift tags for your grandmother who loves crocheting, or wood slice tags for a friend who is into rustic décor. Here is a list of the DIY Christmas gift tags you will find in this article:


Upcycling old greeting cards is a smart way to craft Christmas gift cards. And you do not have to worry about picking a festive pattern since you must work with what you already have. This DIY project idea comes from Honestly Modern and uses old greeting cards, a tag punch or a ruler, pencil and scissors, and twine. Head over to Honestly Modern for more info.


If you are a beginner to embroidery check out the post on how to embroider for more details. Do you know that there are more than 60 different embroidery techniques in existence (probably much more which I do not know about) and the different filling stitches you can make in hand embroidery to add texture? Check it out. The bullion stitch and french knots and other knot stitches are also great for texture.


Of all the tempered-glass bowls we tested, the Pyrex bowls were the easiest to hold securely because of their thick rims. As on our stainless steel picks, the rims jut out perpendicular from the lip, extending about half an inch from the bowl. The other two glass bowl sets we tested were awkward to grip because of a wide collar that extended down the side of the bowl but stuck out no more than a quarter inch. 041b061a72


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