This week I'd like to show you a metal brooch made with aluminium cans. One standard size fizzy drink can will give enough metal to make a brooch.
Wash out your used cans and leave them to dry. Please be VERY careful when cutting the cans open, wear gardening gloves and use old scissors. Once the metal is die cut the edges don't seem to be so sharp, I think the cutting process rounds the edges over slightly.
The flowers and leaves have been coloured with Alcohol Inks - Eggplant, Purple Twilight and Pesto. Once coloured the leaves and the wide petals have been embossed with an embossing folder. I would suggest that you use one with an open pattern as detailed ones tend to cut through the metal.
There is a Masterclass in Flower Making this Wednesday (10th July) at J&C Creations, 10.00am - 12.30pm, so if you can pop along you will learn all manner of flower making tips.
If you don't have Alcohol Inks you might like to try Promarkers to colour your metal, you could even stamp a design on the metal and then colour it in.
Have fun experimenting.