I’ve just returned from a “Trash to Treasure” sale at our local Senior Center. If you know me, you can guess what I was looking for.
I have been excited to work on the butterfly series and to use some of my copper and aluminum foil in these works. It’s not hard at all if you are using the right supplies and aren’t going to get all uptight about perfection. Cutting the foil can be a little challenging because it’s metal-ish. Cutting curves can get tricky.
There’s different foils to order. You can buy it in sheets or in rolls. There’s different metallic colors- copper, steel, aluminum, pewter, brass etcetera.
Blicks art supplies & Amazon have Amaco Artemboss metal sheets. These are soft and meant for embossing designs on and they usually come with a wood stylus to emboss on the soft metal sheets. These are easy enough to cut but again cutting curves is tricky so be sure to have sharp scissors, small blade scissors are best but I didn’t have mine nearby when I took the photos here.
I am setting up to cut a butterfly out of the aluminum. I am taping a scrap to a piece of Foamboard.
To attach the metal, you may sew it in or like the butterflies, attach it with a simple stitch. This foil works with the Dritz European Darners, which you know I love for the large eye, long shaft and super sharp piercing point.
My current Lady/Goddess/ not sure is coming along. I decided I wanted that cool looking dark silver grey made by Katia yarns but alas, again not in any of my go-to yarn shops so I had to do a search and found it on sale over on eBay.
The great news is the seller is in California so it only took a few days to arrive. I accidentally ordered sheets of holographic vinyl. It arrived and was very cool looking. More like mylar tape once I realized that these were actually adhesive sheets, instead of thicker vinyl. I’m still adding it to the canvas and it’s going to be super shiny. You’ll see!!
My other work in progress is the crystals in the trees in my yard. Did I mention that I’ve begun to install more crystals on previously unadorned trees. Waiting on the delivery of lots of glass and crystal baubles and beads. It’s going to be amazing!!!
Have a happy weekend!! Next week is the ‘Get The Guide” party at 111 Minna Gallery and I will have a review of that and who knows what in my next blog.