Thursday, March 11, 2010
Hi all. Hope you have been having a nice week. The weekend is near, yay for that.
I did this little project using an old overnight suitcase. Last time we went to the flea market my husband purchased something, and it was stored in this case. They gave us the case for free, so of course I decided it was mine. I tore out the old lining, besides being ruined, it was quite an ugly color. I relined the bottom and sides with my new favorite, burlap. I lined the lid with French dictionary pages and bits and pieces of old travel related things that I printed on the computer. I also stamped in a few places.
Now I just need to figure out where this will go and what it will hold.
I got a few requests from my last post about stamping on silverware. I am just learning myself, but I said I would give the list of supplies and the basics.
You can purchase metal stamps on Etsy like I did, but then I found out you could get the same stamps at Harbor Freight for 3 times less. If you don't have a Harbor Freight store, go to the hardware store. I was a little ticked about that, but it is what it is. I got 2 sets, but I like the 1/8" the best. You need a very strong hammer, at least 16lbs or more. You need a steel bench block to hammer on. I bought mine at a bead store, but you can get them on line too. You then need some old silverware. I have been using butter knives, forks and spoons. Once you know what you want it to say, hold the stamp super steady, and pound it 7-10 times without letting it move. Then you color the word in with a sharpie, and buff out the excess with a very fine piece of steel wool. You can also use this other blackening stuff called Liver of Sulphur, but it smells bad, and is messy. I like the good old black sharpie.
I watched a tutorial on line but they only hammered once really hard, and that didn't work for me, so you do need to experiment. Watch out for your fingers, don't smash them.
Have fun!! Have a great weekend!
Chat again soon,