Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Puzzle Sampler

We have been doing samplers like this for at least 15 years. 
 We usually make them tracing squares or rectangles (I recommend using the scor-it for that) for each texture.
This time I decided to use a puzzle shape.  You can use Dreamweaver stencil for that.
This particular sampler was done in pewter and I used the following MercArt's tools:
*Dash wheel
*Herringbone Decorative Wheel
*Points with Gap Decorative Wheel
*Assorted sizes of Cup and Ball
*Squares Decorative Wheel
*4 Needles Tool
*Mini Star Stamping Tool
*Teflon D-01
*Crown Stamping Tool

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May's Blog Winner!
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1 Teflon D-01
3 Sheets of colored aluminum
1 Sheet of Pewter
1 Paper stump

Sunday, May 15, 2011


This candle was covered with Pewter.
The scrolls were done with the Cup and Ball #6 and outlined or cleaned with  the Teflon D-01.The lines and textures in the scrolls or leaves were done with the Refiner.
The border was done using Decorative Wheel Horizontal. The background was done with the Refiner by scratching lines/squiggles on the metal.
I added Pewter Patina to give it an antique look.  I filled the back of the embossed areas with the Filling Paste.

Tip: To make sure that Pewter adheres to the candle (wax can be tricky sometimes) and besides the regular rubber cement or double side tape you use, place some tiny pins or nails at the union of the metal.Due to their silver color, they will be easily camouflaged.

Remember May's Special:
20% off in all Colored Aluminum 9" x 12" sheets
Valid until May 31,2011.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Moon and Sun

I just came back from a wonderful weekend retreat in Virginia where I had a great time teaching. My students were awesome!! A very talented and nice group of ladies.
This is one of the projects they did in Pewter. The design is a stamp from Judikins.

The MercArt tools used were:
*Star Wheel to create the "fan" look design of the Moon.
*Brass Brush (or Fiber Glass Tool) to get the burnished look of the background.
*Two different Decorative Wheels for the outside frame. In my case I used the Squares Wheel and the Diagonal with Gap wheel.
*Big Wheel to create the row of dots around the sun rays.
*Teflon D-01: To trace the design and outline the embossed areas.
*Stylus: To add the swirls of the sun.
*Cup and Ball #4 and #6:To emboss the rays,  moon & sun.
*Patina: to antique the pewter.

April's Giveaway Winner:
Karen Ellis!
Congratulations Karen.
PLease contact us so we can send you your prize containing:
Wooden Bracelet + Lead-Free Pewter + Basic Kit with 4 tools + Suede