Monday, September 16, 2013

Pewter and Stencils: a perfect match

There are many different ways and techniques to do Metal Embossing. One of the easiest ones is using stencils.  The main advantages of using stencils are:
*There are thousands of designs to choose from.
*It is one of the fastest and easiest ways to do metal embossing ; just trace the ouline of the stencil on the metal and you have already done most of the work.! It will look embossed already.
*Stencils don't  have the size limitation of an embossing machine or embossing folders. You can place the stencil anywhere in the metal and mix several designs in one project.  They also give chance to add textures, dimension and volume so your projects don't look "machine" made as embossing folders- projects usually do.
I used the Optic Circle  Stencil and pewter to create this project. The main steps were:
*Place the stencil on the pewter and flip it to its back.
*Rub the  paper stump against the metal until you clearly see the stencil design under the metal.
*Outline every part of the stencil design with the refiner tip of the Teflon D-01 
*Remove the stencil 
*Turn the pewter and place it on a piece of suede. Emboss or push (at the back of the metal, still on the suede) each one of the small circles within the main big circle. Use the appropiate size of Cup and Ball   (I used #4 and #6).
*When each smal circle  has been embossed, place the metal (at the back) on your hand and softly and in round motion, push the metal of the entire big circle using the wooden thumb until you get the desired volume or dimension. This will make the metal really pop out.
*Fill the back of the big embossed circle with the  Filling Paste and let it dry (it may take up to 24 hours if the area is big and deep).
*Apply the Pewter Patina with a brush and polish the metal with any silver polishing paste until you get the desired shine.


  1. Wow this is really amazing. I still am not sure who one would do this. I gather that the pattern of the stencil is actually flat, but an optical illusion in a way. I love this.

  2. Yes Caryl the flat stencil already has the optical illusion in its design. You can see then how easy it is to just transfer that design to the metal and emboss the small circles. The big circle "puffed" look was created at the end by pressing the whole area with the wooden thumb. Thanks for your comment.

  3. I love the look you got. I really need to get more pewter. I love it's workability. It is so much friendlier than other metals. Your designs are always stunning!

  4. Thank you so much Burning Rubber! I agree with you, pewter is just the best!

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