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aged copper frames

Repurpose on-hand home décor accents with the elegant patina of aged metal. It's easier than you might think!

Materials

  • Small wood frame, 3-3/4"x5"
  • Metal Sheets: Spellbinders Precious Metals Craft Foil (Brass), copper tooling foil

TOOLS

  • Small rubber brayer
  • Spellbinders Grand Calibur Die-Cutting System and Bitty Blossoms Die
  • Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Paisley Embossing Folder Set
  • Liver of Sulphur
  • Beacon Adhesives Quick Grip Glue

Basic Supplies

  • paper trimmer, ruler, newspapers, rubber gloves, sanding block, scoring tool, foam paintbrush, craft knife and cutting mat

Directions

  1. 1
    Measure and cut copper foil large enough to cover front and sides of frame.
  2. 2
    Cover work surface with newspapers. In a well-ventilated area, preferably outside, follow manufacturer's instructions to prepare Liver of Sulphur solution. Fill a second container with clean water.
  3. 3
    Wearing protective gloves, dip copper piece into solution. Dip in water to stop chemical reaction; set aside to dry.
  4. 4
    Emboss aged copper with paisley texture. Gently sand raised surfaces to create contrast.
  5. 5
    Place foil on work surface, embossed side down. Place frame on top of foil and score around outside edges. (Note: Scoring will create a crisper fold when wrapping frame.)
  6. 6
    Use foam brush to apply even layer of glue to frame front. Adhere foil to frame; carefully burnish foil to surface using brayer.
  7. 7
    Wrap foil around first side of frame; adhere and burnish foil to frame. Repeat for each side, working on one side at a time.
  8. 8
    Place frame on work surface, embossed side down. Using craft knife, cut "X" in frame opening. Fold back and adhere each foil section.
  9. 9
    Die cut/emboss Bitty Blossom #3 and double leaves from brass craft foil. Roll flower, shaping with fingers; secure with glue. Let dry.
  10. 10
    Adhere leaves and flower to corner of frame; let dry.

by Cathy Chlebana for Spellbinders Paper Arts (www.spellbinderspaperarts.com)
Instead of aging copper foil with Liver of Sulphur, try painting over embossed metal with bright acrylic paints. Gently sand away some paint for a charming shabby-chic look.
Instead of aging copper foil with Liver of Sulphur, try painting over embossed metal with bright acrylic paints. Gently sand away some paint for a charming shabby-chic look.
Now, post some photos to show everyone how your project turned out!