Autumn Leaves of Metal are Ready
Making mesh leaves from found leaves is fun and easy. To make embellishments for jewelry, decoration, package design, assemblage, collage and many other techniques and applications you need a few tools and special materials that can be purchased from an art supplier. It is an opportunity to use found natural objects in ways that are only limited by your imagination. The results are beautiful! Now is the time to start hunting for beautiful leaves to copy either in nature or in homemade stamp form.
Supplies: Metal mesh sheets, old scissors that you don’t mind dulling, needle nose pliers, rubber stamps or leaves, embossing ink pad, ultra thick embossing powders in a variety of metallic colors of your choice, heat gun, dry adhesive, wet adhesive.
1. Cut a piece of mesh that is larger than the leaf or stamp that you intend to use. Stamp or trace the leaf shape. Cut it out with scissors.
2. Press your cut mesh leaf onto the embossing ink pad.
3. Work quickly to cover the wet ink with the ultra thick embossing powder. Set it with a heat gun. Use needle nose pliers to work with the hot mesh as it can get pretty hot.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 using a different shade of powder if you would like a varied patina effect. (optional)
5. Shape the leaves with your fingers for a more natural and three dimensional look. They also look nice when layered on top of each other.
6. Use the adhesives to mount the metallic leaves onto your project.