Monday, October 28, 2013

How to create vintage aged metal using UTEE - For all doggie lovers! + Video

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Hey DIY crafters!  Today's Mixed Media Monday really delivers a mix of media!  Recently, I gave myself a play day.  You would think I play everyday and I kind of sort of do, but generally, I'm playing with a particular goal or project in mind.  It is very hard for me to shift gears and say "It's okay to play and not make anything and mess up and make mistakes and just discover".

I've been wanting to create something with the doggie dies I have from the Spellbinders Media Mixage line and so this was included in the play day.  I also dug out some UTEE (ultra thick embossing powder) and chipboard.  What I discovered is this technique that looks like a painted rusty metal of sorts and other times, depending on the color you paint it, can look like glazed ceramic.

UTEE has a natural tendency to turn brown as it cooks in the melting pot.  I don't know how to prevent this, but at the same time, because I love vintage, the color gives a very nice aged appearance and so for this technique it is quite desirable.

I'd love to hear what you think of this technique and video.  Please leave your comments below

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How to make the Doggie Pendant!
Spellbinders Supplies:
MMM-001 Spellbinders® Artisan X-plorer™ machine
MD2-005 Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Dogs One die template
Heavy chipboard
Ultra Thick Embossing Powder Clear  (UTEE)
Rubber Stamps with a deep impression
Acrylic paint in base color of choice
Antiquing glaze
Cosmetic Sponges
Melting pot
Craft knife
Non-stick work surface

Optional Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ die templates:
MD2-011 Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Birds One
MD2-009 Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Hearts Three

Optional jewelry supplies
1/16” hole punch * jump rings * beads * misc. charms * Wire * round nose pliers * wire cutters * chain * toggles or clasps

Cut out the dog shape from heavy chip board using the Artisan X-plorer™ machine.  Cut through the remaining thin layer with a craft knife.

Heat UTEE  to recommended temperature inside the Melting Pot. 

Immerse chipboard into the UTEE. 

Remove chipboard from UTEE with tweezers and place onto non-stick work surface

Press rubber stamp over shape and leave stamp until completely cool.

Remove stamp and trim away excess UTEE from around edges with scissors. 
HINT:  use the side of the Melting pot to re-melt the edges on the shape.  This will refine the shape and soften the edges on the chipboard

Paint with acrylic paint and let dry.

Lightly rub with antiquing medium.  The medium will soften some of the paint and remove it from the raised areas giving it a worn metal look.

To assemble into jewelry, punch a hole into the shape where desired.  Insert a jump ring.
Attach all elements to focal wire pendant using jump rings.  String onto chain or cording and secure with a toggle clasp.
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