This time I want to show you how easy it is to emboss pewter using stencils. Pewter is by far the best metal for its malleability, softness and its real silver-like shine.
1) Rub the metal against the stencil (Stepping Stone #2 designed by Terri Stegmiller) with a paper stump until you can clearly see the design.
2) Outline every part of the design with the pointy part of the Teflon D-01 tool and flatten any bump on the metal with a paper stump.
3) Place the suede under the metal and use the appropriate size of the Cup and Ball to emboss or push the metal. Work doing soft long strokes with the round tool to push the metal to the desired size. The suede is the soft surface that allows us to push the metal to the dimension we want. I used the Cup and Ball #4 for the leaves and small swirls and the Double Ball to emboss the big parts of the design such as the trunk of the palm tree and the big swirls.
4) At the front (and without suede) outline the embossed metal with the Teflon D-01. Going around the embossed shapes with this tool gives them definition and a fine and finished look. Missing this important step will make the embossed areas look “unfinished”.
5) Add a border with any Decorative Wheel. This is done also at the back of the metal and on the suede. I used the Big Wheel for the border.
6 and 7) At the front of the metal (and now without the suede), add details such as lines with the Teflon D-01 or create a background with the Star Wheel. This cool effect is done by moving the wheel back and forth on the metal while you slowly turn the metal with your other hand. It may not work the 1st time you do it but with a bit of practice you will get great results. It is a fun texture that I use a lot to fill all sorts of background spaces.
Fill the back of the embossed areas with MercArt’s Filling paste (not shown here) and let it dry. This liquid paste is really easy to apply, it levels itself and it dries really hard so the embossed areas will not be pushed down.
8) Apply the Pewter Patina with a brush all over the front of the metal. The pewter will turn black. Let it stay there for about 2 minutes and then remove the excess with a paper towel.
9) Apply some silver polishing paste to the metal.
10) Polish the metal with a cotton cloth or towel until you get the desired shine.
Stencil Girl Products Stepping Stone #2 stencil designed by Terri Stegmiller
Glass or acrylic (surface to work on)