Aged Copper Frames

Materials

  • Small wood frame, 3-3/4"x5"
  • Metal Sheets: Spellbinders Precious Metals Craft Foil (Brass), copper tooling foil

Tools

  • Small rubber brayer
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Bitty Blossoms Die
  • Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Paisley Embossing Folder Set
  • Liver of Sulphur
  • Beacon Adhesives Quick Grip Glue

Basic Supplies

paper trimmer, ruler, newspapers, rubber gloves, sanding block, scoring tool, foam paintbrush, craft knife and cutting mat

Directions

STEP 1

  • Measure and cut copper foil large enough to cover front and sides of frame.

STEP 2

  • Cover work surface with newspapers. In a well-ventilated area, preferably outside, follow manufacturer's instructions to prepare Liver of Sulphur solution. Fill a second container with clean water.

STEP 3

  • Wearing protective gloves, dip copper piece into solution. Dip in water to stop chemical reaction; set aside to dry.

STEP 4

  • Emboss aged copper with paisley texture. Gently sand raised surfaces to create contrast.

STEP 5

  • Place foil on work surface, embossed side down. Place frame on top of foil and score around outside edges. (Note: Scoring will create a crisper fold when wrapping frame.)

STEP 6

  • Use foam brush to apply even layer of glue to frame front. Adhere foil to frame; carefully burnish foil to surface using brayer.

STEP 7

  • Wrap foil around first side of frame; adhere and burnish foil to frame. Repeat for each side, working on one side at a time.

STEP 8

  • Place frame on work surface, embossed side down. Using craft knife, cut "X" in frame opening. Fold back and adhere each foil section.

STEP 9

  • Die cut/emboss Bitty Blossom #3 and double leaves from brass craft foil. Roll flower, shaping with fingers; secure with glue. Let dry.

STEP 10

  • Adhere leaves and flower to corner of frame; let dry.

Tip

  • 1. Instead of aging copper foil with Liver of Sulphur, try painting over embossed metal with bright acrylic paints. Gently sand away some paint for a charming shabby-chic look.
by Cathy Chlebana for Spellbinders Paper Arts
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