Have You Seen Metal Complex?

There are some fabulous new tools and products in the John Bead catalog.  Metal Complex is the reason I have created these pretty leaf pendants.

The metal alphabet punches in the Metal Complex collection are the stars of this special blog post.

Alphabet punches are getting more and more popular.  They allow you to create your own names, sentiments or patterns on what would ordinarily be a blank piece of metal.  For this project I used a strip of metal to practice on and then three Metal Complex Leaf blanks.  The blanks are 24 gauge brass.  They are also available in copper and German silver.  The chasing hammer does all the work.  One strike with the hammer on the bench block and you get a very deep impression.

I used a charcoal pencil to write my sentiment on the blank.  It made it easier to see where I would be punching and I knew that the words would fit.

The metal hole punch made my holes for me.

Just a few twists with the tool and a perfect hole can be had!

Then the fun began.  I pulled out my Gilders Paste and choose a group of colours I wanted to work with.

I added dark colour into the letter impressions and then lighter colours around them.

I let these dry for 12 hours and then I applies a matte lacquer coating.  I hope you are inspired to start working with punches!

Stay tuned for many more posts about metal stamping!

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