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22 January 2005 @ 12:00 am
Fun with brass  
Good news: I've been making mad spiffy progress on my barrette. I may even get it done before the weekend is over. And if it isn't finished, it will at least be close.

Bad news: Our camera is still at Randy's brother's place, so no piccies. D'oh.

At any rate...I decided to investigate ArtEmboss craft brass, which is designed to be easily worked and embossed. I knew it would be way easier to deal with than hammering the other stuff for hours on end, but I was worried that the piece would look cheaply made. I looked through a book of craft metal projects at Michael's and was very happy to discover that you can create some nice-looking work with that thin metal. You can even make high relief designs reasonably durable and permanent by filling in the back with wood putty, Bondo, or some similar filler. I picked up a roll and some tools to play with. Thus far, I think it's great. Working it is just like drawing with some extra pressure. I was slightly annoyed when I first found out that it's pretty much impossible to leave perfectly smooth and shiny surfaces in this sort of work because the metal dents very easily and you can't return it to a super duper flat state. I decided to just have fun and put some texture in the "flat" areas of the piece and see what happened, and I love the results: puffier and more textured than the official version albeit in an interestingly handworked (and not crappy-looking) way.

All in all, it will be accurate and perty enough to make me happy, and hopefully we'll get the camera back soon so I can start taking progress photos again.
Current Mood: sleepysleepy
sima_zhongda on January 22nd, 2005 06:12 am (UTC)
Can't wait to see pics! :D