Hi everyone! It’s time for another Create & Share Challenge! This month Stephanie from Casa Watkins hooked us up with a sponsored stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. I was excited to get a stencil to play with, and what’s more exciting is that 18 blogger friends and I get to offer a FREE stencil kit (valued up to $50) to 5 lucky readers! Be sure to enter that giveaway at the end of the post.
This challenge was so much fun for me! Once I spotted this reindeer stencil I knew right away what I wanted to do.
I have been my Hubby has been wanting me to do this creative rusting project for a while, and I had no doubt that this reindeer would perfect for the job!
The different textures in this piece amaze me every time. Mix this piece with greens and other mantel pieces.. and you will have an explosive combo! It’s amazing what a difference it makes in a room. I know I can’t stop looking at it.
I found this old and worn frame from my local thrift shop. I actually had the cashier say, “oh Hun, this picture is gorgeous!! You have great taste!”. I almost died…
However, some fresh paint… and it looks like a completely different frame!
DIY Rusty Reindeer Art
Frame of choice
PLain carbon steel sheet metal
Material to transfer Stencil (I used sign making vinyl and a squeegee)
Method of Rusting: Salt water bath, Muriatic acid, etc
clear coat finishing spray
fine tip sharpie marker
machinist Stone, File, or sand paper
Sheet Metal Sheers
1. Trace the edge of the glass in your frame on to the metal. Using the sheers, cut with the waste side to the flat side of the sheers. This will allow the waste to curl up, while the metal being used will stay flat. **NOTE: Metal once cut is extremely sharp. wear your SAFETY gloves and do not touch the edge.**
2.once the metal shape is cut, you will need to file the edges slightly to take away that sharp edge. We used a MACHINIST stone, but you could use any type of file/sand paper. once filed, clean metal with rubbing alcohol. **Note: this will take off all the oils that prevent the metal from rusting naturally. be sure not to touch the metal with exposed hands, because the oils in your skin will cause the metal to rust**
3. Lay metal flat and begin transfer process of the stencil. You could use tape, vinyl, etc.(I used vinyl because my husband has a ton of it) At this point you will need to choose if you are rusting the background or the stenciled object. **note: vinyl is used for decals, sign making etc, commonly found at craft store, sign shop etc**
4. Once the stencil is TRANSFERRED then you can begin cutting with the disposable knife. You will want to make sure you use firm pressure. keep a sharp edge on the knife to easily cut out the fine details. peel off the pieces of the stencil that you want to have rusted.
5. Now you are ready to create some rust! Take your piece and follow the exact directions of which ever rusting method you chose.
6. after the suggested time has passed, be sure to use water (not soap) to rinse off your piece. Dry. and then take off the stencile to reveal the bare metal.
7. At this point I would suggest spraying a clear coat over the piece to make sure that the natural air doesn’t cause the rest of the piece to rust over in time.
8. place in your frame, and admire your work!
The unpredictability of the rust’s swirls and variations really give this piece a nice unique look. No matter how many times you do this method, a different appearance comes out every time. I think its amazing that no matter how intricate your stencil or design is, it still comes out crisp and clean lined.
Look at how great the texture and color variations mix with the other things in the room.. especially that tree! Swoon!
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