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Tuesday, 2 August 2011

WOYWW #113 - Metal Working

Hi everybody and welcome to desk hopper day, which comes round with greater and greater velocity each week - or perhaps I slept in too long and lost all those days since last Wednesday!!!...anyway, pop here if you don't know what I mean, to see the ineffable Julia...

Last week, I showed you a new toy - my blow torch... well this week's desk will show me using it!!! and voila !! the flowers wot I made!! tee hee...

 I made these beautiful copper roses for my TIO tag this week. You can see the whole project here now. The theme is Nature's Bounty, and I made these as part of that ...

 I used the TH tattered florals die, the flower here at the bottom in particular. I cut three for each rose. For the tag, they were all the same colour.

 I did not have enough of the paler one for the extras I made, so I used a darker one I bought from LB Crafts, earlir this year...

 I got this great idea from my idol Laura Denison of Following the Paper Trail... she is a wonderful papercrafter and scrapper, with fabulous ideas... she has made many You Tube and UStream videos, and all are inspirational and well worth a visit...

 I cut the indentations a bit deeper with my Tonic scissors to allow more movement ...

 Then I rolled down each petal round a paint brush end, then folded each along its length... this would later need some manipulation!!

 All three pieces are the same... you don't cut out sections when making the roses from metal, because they are able to be manipulated easily...

 So, take one flower and turn up 3 alternate petals and shape them round and together, to form the very centre of the rose. Then turn up the remainder...

 This is the centre of the rose, or it could be a bud if you need one...

 Repeat the process with the second piece, and shape it around the centre bud...

 The three flowers together will make the full rose as you see above... I think they are really beautiful just like that, but Laura has something else up her sleeve...

 Here I have taken the rose apart and placed the pieces on my gridle...

 And here comes the really fun bit - I used my new blow torch to alter the colour of my petals... woo, it was fabulous. I have never used one before, and the rainbow effect was brilliant...

So there it is, beautifully coloured and metallc, just waiting to be displayed on a project... If you want to see Laura's demo, here is her You Tube video... well worth watching... She makes the point that you can use alcohol inks if you don't have a blow torch, but what a lot of fun I would have missed if I had done that!!!!

Thanks for looking and commenting... I really appreciate all your lovely thoughts
Love and light
Frankie
xx

30 comments:

Von said...

Wow what awesome rose's Frankie :)

Netty said...

Oh wow Frankie your flowers are beautiful and am amazed how the blow torch transformed them. Fabulous work and great demo. xx

Julie said...

Now they give new meaning to the phrase "hot stuff:", Frankie.
The creativity that the tattered floral die has engendered in the crafting community is fantastic.
Thanks for sharing. BYW I featured your blog site in my newsletter this week as a blog of creativity and interest.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I'm in love. Since I'm a copper freak anyway, I love the idea of this torch for the patina you get. And they are lovely, too. I was impressed with your tutorial and all the things you can do to make these flowers so lovely. Great job.

ScrappnBee said...

That is totally cool! I never thought that a blw torch could end up on the scrapbooker wishlist, but what you have done with it is AMAZING! Thanks for the tutorial and the wonderful WOYWW! -Amanda

Hels Sheridan said...

Good grief... a blow torch... do I need one??? Bearing in mind how dangerous I can be ... probly not lol However, LOVE those flowers... Laura is a clever lass isn't she... and she is lovely in real life too cos I met her at Ranger... There's a giveaway on my desk today ;O))

Neet said...

Lovely roses and I am a LD fan too. Isn't her stuff awesome? Mind you I am loving what you do too. Thanks so much for sharing - Hugs, Neet #5

Wipso said...

Those flowers look really stunning. What fun.
A x

kath said...

wow thanks for sharing the tutorial for your stunning roses...hugs kath xxx

JoZart said...

You really have a flair for those flowers. Great to see how they can be made too.
RE my olly eyed friend Neet and I... you should try to get here one day.. .you'd be welcome and could come to one of our monthly workshops at Vicky Stampers.
Lv JoZarty x

The Sparkly Fairy said...

Wow these are incredible!

NatashaMay said...

Wow! This looks awesome! Thanks for sharing step by step. :)

Ann B said...

I NEED a blow torch! Fantastic flowers, thanks for sharing how to make them.

Twiglet said...

Those flowers are really lovely but I don't think I could be let loose with a blow torch!! I make enough mess with bondaweb and an iron, as Wipso will verify, cos I keep messing up her new ironing board covers!! x jo

Lisa said...

Fabulous!!! I knew i'd kept those coke cans for a reason!!
Thanks for sharing
:-D
Lisa
#59

Pam said...

Incredible! Gosh, I just want to own a blow torch now, of course I could never do anything as cool as this though. An inspiration for sure.

Sam said...

I too follow Laura and think her work is fantastic. I like to have her videos going whilst I am doing the ironing as it makes the ironing go quicker except when I stop to see what she has just done!!
Loving your roses and I think Hubby's blow torch may be moving into my craft room. Thanks for sharing!!

Elizabeth said...

Absolutely stunning - amazing what you can do with a blowtorch. Elizabeth x #73

Angie said...

What amazing roses ...love the finish too when they have been blow torched.

okienurse said...

Awesome flowers Frankie. Love the color you got from using the blow torch. Great new toy! Vickie

Morti said...

your flowers are lovely Frankie, great work! Thanks for stopping by.

PsyPenguin said...

Oooh your roses are stunning! The colours they turn on heating are beautiful. xx

dianneo said...

Really, really neat copper roses! I would have cut myself immediately so I'm impressed!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

You rock - those flowers are stunning! Power to you and your blow torch :) xx

Yogi said...

thanks for the peeks. Love the roses. I have never used a blow torch either, but bought one a couple weeks ago to play with, of course it's still in it;s packaging...
Have a great day

Sue from Oregon said...

Awesome roses...I have been a Laura?Paper Trail addict forever...don't you just love all her mini's too!!!???

Serendipity Stamping said...

OMG, who would have believed you could use a blow torch for our crafting!! These are just beautiful. #92

Sparkly Engineer said...

All I can say is WOW! Your flowers are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

Spyder said...

Fabulous flowers, I've cut some out from a glue tube before...(when the glue was all gone of course) but this look better and more fun...maybe I'll get hubby's blow torch out of his workshop and see what happens! Can't make any more mess than I already do..actually, thinking about all that paper I have scattered everywhere... maybe I'll do it in his workshop! Happy Very late woyww (I was here honest!!)Have a great week

Kezzy said...

Oh wow how gorgeous, they are fantastic, I've also looked at all the cards and tags you have done brilliant. Kezzy x