Fun With Foil

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Foil Flower Plaque Tutorial

I have a long list of sentiments to decorate little plaques that I sell at Sunrose Gallery in Seaside, Oregon and the sentiment “Be Brave” is always a good seller.  I got a new roll of Amaco Copper Soft Metal ArtEmboss and made up a few collages using my new washi tape and some old cigar box lids.

 

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I used a print out of an old project for the pattern of the heart and leaves.  The ArtEmboss is a sheet of soft copper.  It is a dream to cut and comes with a wooden stylus that is fabulous to work with.

 

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I had two cigar lids to decorate, it works best to white out the colorful areas.

 

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The printout was an old project I made years ago, I often take a photo of projects so I don’t forget about it plus I have a pattern which cuts down on time.

 

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I covered the cigar box lid with washi tape.  The tape gives almost instant gratification, no WAITING for paint to dry!  LOL

 

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Here are all the elements of the collage:  Washi Tape covered lid, the “heart” flower, leaves,  wire flower stem, and wire looped hanger for the back.

The wooden stylus is very easy to use.  I just had fun “doodling” on the copper pieces after I printed “BE BRAVE”.

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I will admit my method to antique the copper is MESSY!  I cover the whole surface of each piece of copper with black felt pen and then sparingly rub off the felt pen as I get my fingers wet with acetone fingernail polish remover .  I have a paper towel handy but use my fingers to rub off the felt pen leaving the surface wet so the creases of the copper retain the black.

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This is how I make the wire hanger with 20 gauge annealed wire.

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I use hot glue to attach the wire hanger to the back and cover the swirls with a paper circle.  I usually don’t cover the back of the cigar lid because folks in Oregon really celebrate Trash Art!  They can see it is bonafide trash if the back isn’t covered.

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I covered each corner with a strip of copper and embossed lines on it for a fun finishing touch!  Cover the edges of the washi tape with Stickles for a finished look.

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The first collage went together so fast, I decided to make another one and use up the last of the cigar lids!

Author: Patty Thurlby

I am a full time artist with a whimsical point of view!

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