I’ve been reading articles in Cloth Papers Scissors for several years about embossing designs on metal, and I’ve often wondered if I could transfer the designs from our rubbing plates to metal. Happy me — the answer is definitely “yes!” This technique will definitely be included in my new Rubbing Plate Roundup book.
Here are a couple of quick photos from my play time over the weekend.
Here is a photo of the Fern plate from the Leaves Rubbing Plate set.
I taped a small square of craft aluminum on the plate and used tools from Walnut Hollow to transfer the design to the aluminum. It’s not a perfect rendition — and that’s just fine. The bottom line is that it works quite well! Now I need some alcohol inks to give this a splash of color, and it will be ready for use as an embellishment for a fiber or mixed media piece.
Rubbing Plate Roundup is scheduled for release later this fall. Watch this space for details.
If I understand correctly, we can actually stitch many of the metal pieces with the sewing machine. I’ll have to check that out more carefully before I run this through my sewing machine. (A little research can save a lot of broken needles…)
I have done embossing on metal before, but not tried with your rubbing plates, what a FAB idea! Love the result!
You can sew the thin metals on your sewing machine, The rules of thumb that I have are that if it cuts easily with craft scissors, you can sew it! I use a needle dedicated to just odd materials, polyester thread works well, but I’ve done cotton as well. I also use a slightly larger stitch-if you do a very small machine stitch you can just end up perforating the metal so it falls right off! Oops!
Hope that helps!
lynda howells says
your plates are amazing..l am having so much fun experimenting with them and my paint sticks. lynda xx