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Any artists out there?

Asked by Supergirl (1686points) August 19th, 2008

I want to have my students emboss on copper foil their faces at this beginning of the year. I need simple instructions and a list of materials. Anyone does this before?

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Judi's avatar

Are art lovers included? Poets? Can’t draw worth a hill of beans, but I can sing.

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Supergirl's avatar

I don’t care what your connection to my question is—just as long as you can answer it accurately.

wrestlemaniac's avatar

and yes i have done this before.

wrestlemaniac's avatar

well do you mean face imprint, or just the image?

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Judi's avatar

lovelocke;
Yes, I blew it and didn’t read the whole question. Did you notice that I don’t spell my name with a “Y” sometimes people just scan and don’t notice the details. My bad.

wrestlemaniac's avatar

people make mistakes, it’s okay.

phred78's avatar

Maybe they should make a plaster mould first and then apply the copper foil on it?

sndfreQ's avatar

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Les's avatar

My mother is an art teacher and this is how she does this:
You need a piece of cardboard (this will stay on the back of your piece when it is finished), some glue (Elmer’s is fine), the foil and a stylus.
You make the pattern on the cardboard with the glue, so they would trace out their face with glue. When the glue drys, place the foil over the top (you can use a light spray glue to affix it to the cardboard) and press all the areas with the stylus (tracing around the patterns you made with the glue). The glue will form the “embossed” look on the foil. When this step is done, you can take black ink and smear it over your piece. Where there are pits, the ink will remain, but all raised surfaces, the ink will be rubbed off. So this make is look even more embossed.
I hope this makes sense.

crisedwards's avatar

Yeah. Here. Illustrator, designer. What’s up?

sndfreQ's avatar

@crisedwards: read the details of the question and you’ll see what she’s asking in specifics. ^^

p.s. Welcome to Fluther btw!

crisedwards's avatar

Good point SNDFRE. Why I was rushing in, I don’t know. As for what she is asking: no. Never done that. Will be more careful, natch.

sndfreQ's avatar

no worries…I don’t have a clue what to suggest either!

kruger_d's avatar

Typically a line drawing is taped over the foil with some padding below (a section of newspaper should work). The drawing is traced through the drawing onto the foil with a wooden stylus (basically a sharpened dowl), the drawing removed and the lines gone over again to deepen them. Then flip the foil to the back side and press next to the lines on one or both sides to make them pop. You can also fill in whole shapes from the front or back, but takes time and broader tool is useful, like a popcicle stick. If you want to age it, there is a chemical that will darken copper. Then you can buff with 000 grade steel wool to bring out the highlights.

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