Punch Metal Frame
Suzanne McNeil shows how to make a picture frame with punched metal.
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Project demonstrated by Suzanne McNeill and designed by Shirley Rufener.
8" x 10" piece .013 tin punch metal
36-gauge aluminum tooling foil
1/8" and 3/32" round punches
1/2" oval chisel
5/8 rounded C chisel
round-end sculpting tool
Delta Paint Jewels: Golden Topaz, Sapphire, Peridot, Citrine Yellow
scallop paper edgers
4" x 5" cardboard
hot glue sticks and glue gun
2. Cut out and smooth edges and corners with metal file.
3. Transfer frame design to foil. Use a light touch to avoid etching lines into metal.
5. Cut an X with craft knife inside opening. Wearing gloves, cut out just inside pattern line using paper edgers.
Note: Hold punch tools straight up for clean designs. Hit mallet with a consistent force for uniform holes.
6. Punch small dots with prick punch and large dots with 3/32-inch punch. Punch chisel designs.
7. Transfer chisel designs. Transfer open circles and lines to back of tin. Prick punch dimples and punch screwdriver lines.
8. Transfer edging lines to back of frame. Emboss lines with stylus and 1/8-inch circle on each scallop.
9. Add dimension to frame by rubbing sculpting tool on back of foil. Fill indentations with hot glue.
10. Transfer four 3/4-inch circles to a small piece of foil and cut outside line with paper edgers for flowers. Emboss lines on front of flowers in between scallops. Curve petal edges slightly up.
11. Paint designs with thin coats of Paint Jewels and highlight while still wet.
12. Secure hanger on back. Allow to dry flat.
Tempered glass forms a unique crackle effect on this contemporary photo frame designed by Laura Kennedy Aiken.