Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Glittered Brads Quick & Easy Video Tutorial

In this YouTube video, crafter The Bug Junkie shows how to take inexpensive brass brads and add a glittered cap using embossing powder.

I was so excited when I bought my embossing gun years ago.  I used a 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby.  I've used it to emboss greeting cards and collage elements.

Though you can sometimes use a hair dryer to melt the embossing powder on paper designs, the stream of air can be too strong.  This can dislodge the powder.  If you use a low setting it can take too long to melt the embossing powder.

I've read that you can hold paper, on which the powder is applied, over a light bulb and the heat will complete the embossing process.  You'd have to be very careful.  While I am a fan of making do, it's best to purchase the craft tool that is made for embossing.  The heat stream of the embossing gun is narrow, hot and soft enough to efficiently and quickly do the trick.

Embossing Gun

Embossing Pad

Embossing Pens

Embossing Powder
I like embossing pens because you can write fine and medium-lined text to emboss.  I am excited about glittering my own brads for collages, hand-bound books and other mixed media art.  Have fun.  I do.

1 comment:

Teresa Rusk said...

SOmething I never thought of doing! Looks like fun! I love my wall art too. It's now hanging in my store. :)

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