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Friday 16 December 2011

Faux Metal Steampunk Tag Tutorial

Hey, lovely Bombshells!  Cheryl here with a tutorial for you!  We're going to make a faux metal steampunk tag today using a few meager materials.

Start by eating your favorite cereal.  When the box is empty, cut that cardboard up and make something cool with it.  Whom I kidding.  I couldn't wait to empty the box, so I have a naked bag of anonymous cereal in my cupboard now.  The square piece is actually thicker because I pulled it off the back of a sketch pad.  No cardboard is safe in my house.    
We'll need a couple of cool dies (I used TH's Tag and Bookplate, and Gadget Gears) , a handful of basic tools to do some burnishing, and the star of the show, a roll of aluminum foil tape.  I found it at my local hardware store.  
First, I cut out the gears using the thicker piece of cardboard 
Next, I glued them securely to the cardboard from the cereal box.
Then, I cut off strips of the aluminum foil tape and adhered them to the cardboard right over my gear dies.
I made sure to cover all of the gears with the tape.  
I burnished the tape to the cardboard using the eraser head on a mechanical pencil and a stylus.  The shape of the gears is really starting to show now.  
Next, I used a small wire brush type tool and dulled the surface of my tape by making small circles on the raised gears.  I could have used my sanding block, but I packed it in with supplies for an upcoming class and was too lazy to dig it out.  Sad, isn't it?
I die cut the foiled piece of cardboard and came up with this really cool tag.  
I refined the shapes of the gears with a slim paper stump to polish the edges a bit.  I'm thinking I'll add some alcohol inks later on to this to give it some color.   A few other embellishments and this will be ready to make its debut.  Pretty simple.   A variation on this is to cover the cardboard with the tape and die cut different faux metal shapes.   Wouldn't some cool faux metal hearts with gears be fun?  There are all sorts of possibilities!    
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Ciao, lovelies!  


  1. Wow! This is incredible, Cheryl. Love it. Dulling the surface really made this project sparkle.

    I need to get me some of those dies.

  2. Great tutorial Cheryl and way useful. I wish I had the gears for this. I will be trying it with other die cuts.

  3. SO cool!!!!! Thanks for the tutorial, Cheryl!!! I think I NEED that tag die now!

  4. Oh wow, this is so cool! Love how this turned out!

  5. Great tutorial! Now I'm going to start saving my cereal boxes, rather than recycling them!

    That's one of my favorite techniques. I learned it from Robin Beam, who used to work at Ranger. She was doing demos at an expo and I watched her for an hour...

  6. Ooooh cereal boxes and stuff from the hardware store??? Cheryl, you're an artist after my own heart!! I LOVE this!...running off to Home Depot now.

    Great toot, sweetie!

  7. Wooo Hooo Cheryl... Awesome tutorial... We will need to eat a lot more cereal!!! LOL!!! Happy Holidays!!!