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Create a modern metal embossed: exploring arts and crafts

teacher avatar Martin Jaramillo, Artist

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6 Lessons (24m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Materials

    • 3. Basic techniques

    • 4. Sketch and transference

    • 5. Embossing process

    • 6. Finish your piece

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About This Class


Embossing is an ancient technique that consists of working metal sheets, leather or other malleable materials, to obtain an ornamental figure in relief. There are plenty of things that you can create using this medium, and in this class I want to show you a way to turn this traditional technique into something more modern or contemporary.

We’ll talk about the materials we need, and how to use what’s on hand to create an embossed like this. You don’t need any previous experience or additional knowledge to take this class, because I’ll show you the basics of metal embossing, so you can see that this technique may look a bit complicated, but its actually very simple and fun to do.

For the course project, we´ll create a piece starting from the sketching and transference through the embossing itself, and the final polish. I will show the whole process and you can do it alongside with me.

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1. Introduction: Hi and welcome to this class. My name is marking and the colombian artist and I love exploring different materials and techniques will have seen in both pieces, degrading drunks, candles are religious images. But today, I wanted to show you a way to turn these traditional technique into something more modern or contemporary. Closing is a national technique that consists of working metal sheets, leather, or other malleable materials to obtain an ornamental figure in relief. During the Middle Ages in Europe, the religious icons were stained with candle smoke and deteriorated when torched. For this reason, metal imposing became popular. And it was just at the beginning of the 20th century when the imposing there started to be used to the great non-religious objects. There are plenty of things that you can create using this medium. And in this case, you will learn one of them. Will talk about the materials we need and how to use what's on hand to create an embolus like this. You don't need any previous experience or additional knowledge to take this class. Because I'll show you the basics of Medellin bosons saw you can use this technique and see that it may look a bit complicated, but it's actually very simple and fun to do. For the final project will create a base starting from this sketching and transference for the imposing himself and the final polish. And now let's get into it. 2. Materials: The materials we need for this class are a metal sheet. It can be aluminum, copper, theatre, or even silver. This can be found in a craft store. But again, you can use what you have on hand like a regular team. Just got the upper and lower part very carefully and remove any beer or soda residue from the inside. A chip. Soda is better than an expensive one. Because in the chip one, the thickness of the material is usually lower, making it easier to work with. Doting tools, also called modelling. Tools, are meant for Gently sculpt the material. If you can find them or simply don't want to buy them, you can do something similar. This side of a marker works great. Upenn is very useful for small retail areas. You're going to use a spoon for larger areas. That it's very to use softer materials like wood or plastic. For example. The handle of a polyp knife works really well. Look for rounded shapes and avoids sharp edges. Otherwise, you may drip the aluminum. We need modelling based to feel the back of them boast. But you can also use wood filler or something similar. The idea is to build a concave zone to protect the embossed. We need something to attach the middle two. That can be a piece of wood, a drunk, a plate, or just something that can create contrast. Don't worry if you want to use a curved surface. Since the metal we are using, it's flexible and can be molded to fit the surface. I really like the way it looks on wood, especially a rough wood, because it really highlights the shiny metal. I was given this piece for free carpentry, cause this is just a waste for them. If you can get something without paying anything, that's an extra gaining. Half in mind that if you want to use row piece of wood, you'll probably need to sand it and also to some stain to give you the tone you want. Finally, we'll use paper and pencil masking tape, a coder, and universal glue. That's only materials we are going to need. So let's go to the basics. 3. Basic techniques: First, make sure that the surface you are working on is completely flat. If you are not working table, use up piece of acrylic or FDF, but never tried to work on the air or over your legs because you will probably written metal sheet. Before you start working. You can tape the borders of the metal if you want. Some people do these scenes, these thin metal can be quite sharp. But if you're a carefully enough, you don't have to do this and you'll be fine. The first thing you need to learn is controlled pressure. The more pressure you apply, the deeper the line will be. Practice some simple lines and getting used to the different levels of pressure. Because remember that the final piece will only be defined by relief, but the depth of the line does not only the paint on the pressure you apply. The surface you are working on has a lot to do. For example, see what happens when I draw a line over a hard surface. And now what happens over foam? Remember, if you want deep lines work over the soft surveys. And for shallow lines work over the hard surface. It's very simple to switch from one to another and the bruises on results will be much better. Refining is an essential part of the process, worked from the back and then doing the sheet Are we find that reviews line from the front that will give you a lot of definition in your lines, making them pop up amongst the rest. Also flatten the background around the design as many times as you need while you are working. In order to maintain the shapes and proportions. Imposing its all about textures. We can create them. You seen different types of lines, points and of course, different types of pressures. As you can see, we kind of use parallel lines, crossing lines, concentric circles and more to create that dot. Push down and do a little whistle. The size of the dot will depend on the size of the tool that you're using. And that's another way to create different textures. Try using different tools and see what you can get. I prefer to work from the biggest to the smallest. And then see if I want to add some more details. You can also create the appearance of hair and 4 million lines that are not perfectly aligned like this. And if you have trouble with this, find a reference photo and you use a gray scale filter. You will see that without all the colors destructing you, it'll be easier to understand how some textures translate from the real world to a piece of metal. Check these examples. What I have done here is low relief. That means it doesn't need any filler to maintain the shape. To create that high relief, make a low relief on the borders of your shape. And then take a bigger tool while working on a soft surface, carved the metal from the back, and then go back to the front and do the same. It started out with light pressure and gradually breads harder, then ballsy will get deeper and with every bus, it will get farther. Also tried to use our circular motion to make it look softer and to avoid hard edges. Repeat the process till you get the depth you want. In any high relief, it's important to allow the metal to a stretch gradually. And that is why you can just go and do all at once. Because human ripped off the aluminum. Remember that cuter and other metals are flexible but not indestructible. So I'll make sure that you don't carve too much. Around five to eight millimeters at maximum is assigned. We can also combine both techniques. As you can see, this high relief looks boring, that if we add some other lines inside, it can look so much better. Also, don't forget unrefined. And in some cases, when we have a huge high relief area, it can be quite tricky because we don't have a support work on. What you can do is to take a cloth and put it on there into high relief to help you as you finish your area. Don't worry if you make a mistake because if you're not happy with the line, you can go over and the surface are repeat the lines. This can be done many times and that's one of the reasons why you should use lights pressure at first and gradually press harder, cause a lower relief. It's easier to erase that a hybrid leaf. As you can see, this part has already been stretched. And if we try to flatten it, some wrinkles may show. 4. Sketch and transference: Now that we know all the basics, we are ready to start the project. I did this a few years ago in order to like about it is that it's very simple. He is no mental nuke realistic. And yet anybody can tell that it is a horse. For today, I want to draw another animal. Maybe I will. Before I start my sketch, I need to decide the size of it. I'm going to adjust that may tell to these, and so it must fit perfectly inside. First, I draw the silhouette, making sure to leave some space for the borders. Remember that when we are finished with this imposed, we'll be cutting into shape. And if you tried to do something with Aeschylus lines, like an octopus or a spider. That's going to be so much hardware. That doesn't mean that you can do it. Take this piece, for instance, the horse's legs on the tail, requiring more attention and patients, but they look really good at the end. For the inside of the picture, I went to use simple geometric shapes. Just stopped different lines and points. It doesn't matter how real way it would look like. Just greed, the buzzer. And Mandela. If you want, you can use an inspiration from analyse, because that's exactly the kind of thing that I'm trying to get. You should also keep a distance between the lines that will help you to achieve a good relief. If you make lines are very close to each other, they will load mix up and you'll final piece will loose definition. An extra step you can follow is to blend the heights, have the different shapes. This is not very usual, bad if you feel a bit confused about where to start and which lines will be the highest and lowest. Jos do some colours to the size, where going to be the Huygens and lower RDS. In this case, green means low and red means high. The orange is a space in between. I'm going to leave from the class resources does a sketch as well as the horses in case that you want to use them. Bath. Indeed, it's very simple and easy to create these sketches. The transference process is the easiest part. The metal sheet to the size of your drawing and flatten to avoid the wrinkles. Hold the drawing and the metal together, and then just draw lines you did before. Remember to work over the soft surface. Just like that, we are ready to start decomposing process. 5. Embossing process: As you can see here, we have the guidelines of the design. But the first thing I want to do is to create a general volume. So I'm going to make a high relief using a big tool and pressing gradually to obtain a Jarl depth for the figure. This step is very important because in this case, I was cut off the background and attached to metal to another surface. If our planning to keep the background creating this volume within B as necessary as it is in this case. Because Dan, I want them to be focusing on a single element of the design. Don't worry about failing in the lining you did before. You will still be able to see it if you use light pressure. And if you notice that some lines are disappearing, just reduced the bar with his maltose. Although we don't care about the background of this piece, don't forget to refine the edges and to flatten the rest of the areas that will make the rest of the process easier. Once the general volume and the shape is done, you start working on the insights details. Start from the back and refining from the front. I repeat that simple process for the whole design. You will see that imposing it's a mechanical process and it's all about refining and shaking over and over again. Okay? At this point, I'm only refining and making sure that everything is going according to what a plant. And I know that it still looks really bad, or at least that's where I think. But the patient, I promise you that it will get better. I'm also trying to remove any wrinkles from the larger areas. As you can see, I use my bare hands for this. Although this is not the best idea. If you are working on an embossed piece for many hours. I don't make emotions very often, but when I do, I can help you see my hands and fingers because they are solved tool that is literary always on hand. I was about to finish when I realized that in looking at big dog. So I decided to add a few points to create more interest. Then few points became more and more on TI was left with a lot of points. That was not my plans, but I can gladly say diary like how it went. This part of the process is meant to live the design by accentuating the edges. This creates a hard edge that will make it easier to cut off the well from the background. And we'll add a title Luke to the final piece. See the imposed from different angles to shake if you're happy with the volumes are height and to Z if he looks even on all sides, polish the final details as many times as you need and make sure that there are no wrinkles left. Because once you fill in the back with molding based, you can't go back and change things. And imposing process took me almost 30 minutes. It may take longer if you're working on a larger surface, but if you have a more detailed design. But now let's go to the next lesson. 6. Finish your piece: It's time to fill the concave side of them boast. These will protect the metal from vending and will keep them both safe. I'm using moulding paste. My Remember that you can use other materials like a root failure or something else that tries hard. It's essential to fill it till the edge and create an even surface. Otherwise, you won't have a flat surveys to stick the metal to the world. Once you're done with the feeling, be patient and let it dry for a few hours. Or you can just use a hairdryer to help the process while it dries. I'm going to prepare the surface. I used to use this box as I sing garden with sand and some stones. But my cut and decided that it was a wonderful drug route. And I had to start scenes. It doesn't need much work, just had some scratches and looks a bit dirty. So I'm going to sand it and apply stain because the color looks a bit pale. Now that they would stain and the moulding paste is dried, I'm ready to cut off the whale from the background. I recommend you to practice with something else first, because this step is irreversible and it must be done accurately. If you have many rounded areas issued US appointed Kotter, cause it makes it easier to get a clean cut. We find the edges are removed. Any unwanted material. Mark the area where you want to place urine boast and apply universal glue to tobacco feet. Finally, a stick that BCE to the surface very carefully and make pressure for a minute, especially on the edges. Just like an oddly we are finished with this embossed. This is something purely declarative that looks really good. And it's very different from what usually seen in the market. Because most impulses keep the background and that takes away the contrast and simplicity that makes this one look more Mother. I hope you enjoyed this class despite of my terrible accent. If you like it, please live good feedback and follow me for future updates. If you didn't like it, leave some feedback anyway to help me improve my next class. Thanks for watching and see you soon.