Jul 3, 2011

Create Contrast in Your Metal Stamping

It's a EUREKA moment!!!!!!

After a little experimentation in the kitchen I solve a Metal Stamping dilemma.....
How do you darken the letters in aluminum metal stamped jewelry???

You can create PERMANENT contrast
using a Regular or Industrial Sharpie

BY BAKING YOUR PIECES!!!!

Bake your pieces after adding the contrast for 1 hour at 260 Degrees.

*****Hotter than 260 Degrees seems to Cause Flaking of the marker!!!

Then finish your piece

BUFF with a Sunshine Cloth

or 

Tumble

Yahoo!!!! The color is permanent!!!!

(This does not work with the Oil Sharpie)

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Aluminum does not react well with products to create patinas.


To create a contrast I currently use

Sharpie Marker

Industrial Sharpie Marker

to darken the recessed areas of the metal stamped design.


Let the marker dry.

Use an alcohol wipe to take the marker off the upper area.

It is best to fold the wipe like a pillow to prevent taking the marker off the recessed areas.

I like to add the darkening after the ring or cuff has been curved.

******NOW BAKE YOUR PIECE IN A REGULAR OVEN AT 260 DEGREES FOR ONE HOUR.

Finish by buffing or tumbling.



Beautiful!!!

The darkened areas are SET and very Permanent!!!


Enjoy creating!!!

Liz :-)

Gotta Getta Deal on ETSY is run buy Ear in the Envelope, Inc.


12 comments:

  1. Yeah! Thanks Liz! I had wondered how to do this!

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  2. Wow! It really works! Thanks for the great tip. I wear one of my bracelets everyday and put it through the wringer. The design is on the inside of the wrist. I wear it when I workout and when I swim 4 or 5 times a week and the ink is still set after 2 weeks. A miracle!

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  3. This is the coolest idea-I would have never known if you didn't share-Thank You! So glad I found your shop on Etsy! : )

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  4. Have you ever tried this on stainless steel? Do you think it would work for that as well?

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    1. This process seems to work on stainless also.

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  5. I am wondering if I should bake my 18 gauge aluminum blanks for that long too? They aren't bracelets or rings, just different shapes.

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  6. We've tried different timings and 1 hour seems to be the best to guarantee a permanent color.

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  7. Would this work on Silver? Awesome! Thanks!

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    1. You can use other great things on Sterling like:
      Liver of Sulfur or Black Max
      Find these at www.riogrande.com

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  8. Hi :) Im a noob;) lol Can I use the different colors available in the Sharpies? Will it stay as well after being baked? Also, is there any harm in using a Bic Brand permanent marker, & in color as well? I never knew I could enjoy something so much! I order from you & im learning from you! Thank you :)

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    1. Haven't tried these. Let me know how it goes!

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