Spring is here, people. It's time to start wearing some of those glorious colours that you find the gardens: the blushes, the happy yellows, the deep greens...
I'm ready to embrace a bit of colour - are you?
I was playing with some new Sizzix DecoEmboss dies in my craft room when I decided to break out the Vintaj Patina inks. Unlike my experiences with typical alcohol ink, you can put Patina Inks directly onto the metal without first priming the surface with a base of white.
However, for this necklace, I decided that instead of having the blank dangle as a pendant, I wanted it to become a part of the necklace. I broke out my metal punch.
This is the Crop-A-Dile paper and metal punch. It easily punched a second hole in my metal blank. I went back and re-punched the original hole so that both were the same size. I was ready to emboss.
I chose to place the blank over the rosebuds on the die. I closed the die, placed it in right-side-down between the Sizzix Sandwich of Cutting Pads, and then put it on my Solo Platform.
A quick roll through my Sizzix BIGkick and it was time for paint!
I was also playing around with a little tag blank while I was trying out this embossing die. I ended up using it near the clasp of the necklace.
You'll find the Patina inks very easy to work with. I shook them quite well (as you want the paints to mix completely) and then put little drops of colour where I wanted them on the blank.
I chose to use green near the leaves, and the brighter pink on the rosebud. I used a foam brush to dab and blend the paints together. The paint will dry very quickly; soon I was ready to sand with the Vintaj Metal Reliefing Block.
Immediately, I was thrilled with the results. I love the bright brass peeking through the colours. I will admit, I'm fairly heavy with the reliefing block. I like to expose as much of that raised metal as I can.
This may be because of my love for things brassy and gold. I do spend a bit of time sanding the edges, really trying to brighten up the blanks.
Using two flat nosed pliers, I attached the blanks to a Vintaj Brass Chain with jump rings. I finished the necklace with a clasp and the little rosebud tag.
My little springtime necklace was ready.
I love the shine of the brass when the sun catches it. The simple prettiness of this pattern reminds me very much of the season.
I can see a bracelet of Nouveau Rose blanks, all painted in bright colours. Or even Circular Blanks turned into happy earrings, perhaps?
If you've been thinking about embossing metal and trying your hand at jewelry, don't forget to pick up some of these Patina inks. They'll add a whole new dimension to your project!
Other Supplies Used:
- Vintaj Patina Inks in Opalite, Ruby and Jade
- Jump Rings
- Flat Nosed Pliers
- Wire-Cutting Pliers
- Metal punch (I used the Crop-A-Dile)