Thursday, February 4, 2010

Fooling with metal

Finding myself drawn more and more to metal at the moment. I found brass sheets at Hobby Lobby the other day so I took a gamble and picked some up (a 40% coupon is always a nice incentive to try something new). They also had copper sheets for sale but brass seemed like the best choice since it's a little bit cheaper and I have no idea what I'm doing.

While the kids worked on homework today I used the time to whip this up. It was funny how they would run in and hover whenever I started banging on the bench block.
It's definitely a starter piece ...silly to admit I have to get my nerves up to try with something new. Now I'm going to spend the rest of the week getting comfortable with the cutting, sanding, and creating texture.

This is all leading up to a day of experimentation, next week Carla and I are going to give etching metal a try. I love to play mad scientist.



The Feathered Nest said...

Angie! This is gorgeous!!!! I think it's wonderful ~ looking like a pro to me!!! xxoo, Dawn

Christine Edwards said...

Very nice! Did you cut the brass with tin snips or jewelry saw? I need to play more. I'm also interested to see what you etch next week. I've used ferric chloride for etching, but was checking out some of the other solutions. I'm just not crazy about adding electricity to the mix. ;-)

Hopemore Studio said...

Christine, I cut the shape out with tin snips, I don't have a jewelers saw (yet?)I hammered down the edges then sanded so there were no sharp edges.

For the etching we are going to try the muriatic acid since it is readily available. I have also read that it works faster than ferric chloride. I'm curious to see if we get good results.


Hopelessly Romantic Art Studio said...

Hmmmm, muratic acid. Sounds like chemistry class, lol. Would love to see the results of your experiment! I agree very good for a first try. Love it!

MisfitGirl said...

That is really pretty, and I love any art by Alphonse Mucha incorporated into a design.

Dorthe said...

Angie, it is wonderfull, how did you cut it so clean, and nice?
A beautifull piece.

xo Dorthe