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Monday, 6 May 2013

Heat embossed light shade

Heat embossed light shade, during daytime and lit at night by Neil Burley

I don't mind admitting that I have a one track mind at the moment, driven by the fact I'm in my final term of my Art & Design course at Leicester College and it's final major project time! I've been developing various light shades based on this paper craft 'globe' and when the blog theme called for a 3D item, it was a natural step to emboss one! I've simply used WOW! Metallic Silver embossing powder over the WOW! Brocade stamp inked up with Versamark. This shade is designed to cover a battery powered LED light - make sure your shade is away from a heat source if you make your own! The shade is designed to be decorative, and I think the stamp works fabulously in all three dimensions, with the silver embossing powder providing just enough opacity to show the pattern off nicely :)

Gluing embossed surfaces together can be tricky, as some glues aren't keen on staying put - I used an extra strong all purpose clear glue (smear both sides and leave for a couple of minutes before sticking together) and a high tack waterbased clear drying glue. Pinflair glue also works well.

If you're folding embossed card, I suggest scoring from behind to avoid damage to the embossed layer, and fold whilst the powder is still relatively warm to avoid any cracking.

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6 comments:

  1. Great project and would be lovely as an indoor or outdoor piece

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  2. wow! awesome project ty for sharing x

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  3. Neil, you get an A+ from me for this project :) I love it when two events get you to think up something unique to satisfy both.

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  4. Fab Neil...I think the guys will need about 2000 of these to decorate the stand at the NEC this year...you up for it ? Xx

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    1. They're welcome to commission the pieces, as is anyone else :)

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  5. Beautiful project yet again Neil.
    Chris

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