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Home > Tutorials > Using Metal Complex punches and blanks

Using 'Metal Complex' punches and blanks

By Carmi Cimicata
 
Tools: Alphabet punches, chasing hammer, bench block, metal hole punch
Materials: Metal Complex blanks, Gilders Paste , jump rings
 
Metal Complex is a fabulous new line of tools and products.  Here are some ideas and tips on how to use them!
 
Alphabet punches are getting more and more popular.  They allow you to create your own names, sentiments or patterns on what would ordinarily be a blank piece of metal.  For this project I used a strip of metal to practice on and then three Metal Complex blanks.  The blanks are 24 gauge brass.  They are also available in copper and German silver.  The chasing hammer does all the work.  One strike with the hammer on the bench block and you get a very deep impression.
 
I used a charcoal pencil to write my sentiment on the blank.  It made it easier to see where I would be punching and I knew that the words would fit.
 
The metal hole punch made my holes for me.  Just a few twists with the tool and a perfect hole can be had!
 
Then the fun began.  I pulled out my Gilders Paste and choose a group of colours I wanted to work with.
 
I added dark colour into the letter impressions and then lighter colours around them.
 
I let these dry for 12 hours and then I applies a matte lacquer coating.
 
Here we have the butterfly motif, with Iris Blue Gilders Paste as a first layer and then Inca Gold as a second layer.
 
Experiment with different stamps, blanks and colours of Gilders Paste for your own unique creations!