Thursday, March 27, 2008

Forged Foil

Aleene's Forged Foil

I recently ran across a 40 year old book entitled Tricks with Tacky - A Craft "How To" Create Book.
I was so inspired by the Forged Foil technique that I just had to 'update' it and in thinking about it, I decided to take a twist on it. The original projects were created by gluing twine to cardboard, gluing crumpled foil over the image, 'forging' it so the twine had a 3D effect and then antiquing it with a paint wash.

I thought gluing the twine in place would be a bit cumbersome, so I used Tulip® 3D Fashion Paint™ instead. I was able to get more intricate details - I really like the results.

Here's what it takes to do Forged Foil Joan's Way...

Find a cardboard box that the letters will fit on.

Enlarge the desired letters on your computer and print them off.

Cut the letters from the cardboard box.

Draw designs on the letters with a pencil.

Trace designs with Tulip® 3D Fashion Paint™. Let dry.

Crumple foil. Uncrumple and flatten with hands.

Spray one letter with Aleene's® Crystal Clear Tacky Spray™. Place foil on letter. Smooth with your hands to adhere. Use a smooth object (I used the handle end of a paintbrush that had a rounded end) and 'forge' the foil by lightly go around the 3D areas. Repeat for all letters.

Thin paint with water until a milk consistency. Brush on a letter and immediately wipe with paper towel. Repeat for all letters.

That's all there is to it!



Bunko Lass said...

Wow, I love how easy this is. What a perfect project for crafters of all ages. And, very inexpensive! Great idea! Thank you for sharing it!

Pattie Donham said...

Joan, I totally LOVE this! It is a wonderful way to bring back a retro craft. WOWza!

Anonymous said...

Everything that's old, is new again!