Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Focus - Filigree Metal

Editor's Note; It's Georgie's turn to bring you a brilliant Friday Focus today but before we hear from her we've got some fantastic news! You may have noticed from the banner above that there is a 'Stock Up For Summer Sale' running through to Memorial Day, May 25th 2015, at The Funkie Junkie Boutique!!! That's 10 whole days to get 10% off everything you order (exclusions - bundles, pre-orders, Lindy's Stamp Gang)!!!

Now, over to Georgie...

Hello and welcome :) Today I’m focusing on Filigree Metal and boy there is so much you can do with these little beauties. For the purposes of this post I went into scientist mode :)

Metal Filigree And Distress Paint

I used Picket Fence Distress Paint on the metal to complement the shabby chic pattern of Maja Design’s gorgeous papers. To get a nice covering, I poured a tiny amount of paint out on to my craft sheet and used a sponge to lightly dab the metal, that way you can keep any gorgeous pattern that is engraved on the metal. I found two coats was enough, to give a vintage feel. However, if you want a more opaque covering three coats would do the trick. Distress Paint is just ideal for this because of it’s amazing ability to stick to metal, and just think of the potential colour combinations!!

Metal Filigree And Embossing Powder

Warning - It gets hot!! :)

Okay, I have to admit - this... was... FUN!! Watching that gorgeous sparkly shimmer of different colours melt and blend with each other… definitely a mad scientist moment, he he. Just as you would with paper, apply clear embossing ink, then tip a little of the powder over, tap off the excess and heat with your gun. Voila, so easy, right? You can apply more colours and keep going over until you get the shade you love. 

For this box I used Lindy’s Stamp Gang Embossing Powders from the Autumn Leaves Collection. The green sprays for the box came from Lindy's Autumn Leaves and Nantucket Pearls.

Metal Filigree And Sprays

For this one, I just went for it with Lindy’s sprays, Magicals and Distress Sprays. I really did let the paint demon out to see what they could handle!

I love how the butterfly turned out, the paint would pool in certain areas and dry to create this gorgeous dappled effect. For this piece I used Distress Sprays in Picket Fence, Tumbled Glass and Broken China. 

The underneath piece was were given a light coat of gesso and some texture paste, and the paint just held to this so easily. The top pieces were just sprayed as the box was being sprayed. I was half expecting the paint to just slide off but it didn’t completely, it reacted in the same way as the Distress Spray, but had a slightly more transparent property to it. The beauty of this is that you still get to see that gorgeous bronze tone coming through in areas and gives a more vintage feel to the metal.

Thanks for visiting my 'science experiments' today :) and hopefully this will have inspired you to add more metal to your projects. Metal filigree is so versatile, I showcased it here purely in boxes for experimenting with different types of mediums, but these amazing pieces look great in mixed media art works, scrapbook pages, as well as accents in cards.

Georgie xx

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  1. So many fantastic ideas to try here Georgie!!! I love how you've used those altered filigree pieces on your beautiful projects too. Jenny x

  2. Fabulous ideas Georgie and so many lovely projects too. I absolutely adore the first box x

  3. Fabulous post Georgie, thank you for sharing your mad scientist moments with us:-) xxx

  4. Oh my word, that box is sensational. And the metal flower altered with the Lindy's EPs is absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing these terrific ideas, Georgie!


  5. Wow Georgie, you really put a lot of TLC into your projects and they are spectacular!! I just love all the wonderful techniques you used, I just added a few things to my wish list!! Well done! hugs :)

  6. Fabulous post - so much inspiration, and gorgeous results. Definitely tempted to get spritzing with my metal!
    Alison xx

  7. Thanks Georgie for this useful science lesson!

  8. Wow Georgie, you always work a dream with Lindys products. I couldn't possibly pick a favourite out of your boxes they are all exquisite.
    Julie x

  9. WOW!!! What a collection this is!!! if I had to pick my favorite, then it would be the long skinny favorite colors and such a stunning rustic look to it just melt my heart!

  10. Gorgeous and oh so versatile! Wonderful makes and designs with the metal pieces. Love the mad scientist reference as I can picture that in my head. Lol! Amazeballs dear Gee! Hugz to you muffin!

  11. Amazing results from your science experiments Georgie, beautiful treatments on all your filigree pieces and what a gorgeous box!

  12. Madame Georgie the magician! These are fabulous! You have such lovely playtimes! I am looking forward to my holidays but when I get back I will be trying some of your magic tricks! Hugs, Chris x