I love playing with metal, especially copper. I do love sterling silver and bronze but can’t afford to play with silver and bronze is a bit hard. Anyway, this post is about my new machine – a Vintaj Big Kick!!
Several weeks ago I’d written a post about my new dapping set, which is awesome by the way, and a comment from a lovely reader (Christie M) mentioned she had just gotten one of these machines. I’d never heard of it. Christie sent me a link and I had to have one! It’s so simple, and NO chemicals!
This machine embosses and etches metal blanks using embossing folders and dies. You are supposed to use Vintaj blanks according to the instructions but I figure a soft metal in a thinner gauge should work just as well. I already had some copper sheet I had purchased from Rio Grande some years ago in 24ga (I think) so I made my own blanks and purchased just one die from Michaels stores.
I loved the results! The rectangular copper blank below was the experiment, it worked. I then cut and shaped blanks for the earrings, embossed and oxidized them. I’m not what dies I can or cannot use with this yet so if you have this machine and experimented with it, please let me know before I go crazy trying everything. I don’t want to wreck my machine. (I tend to wander from rigid instructions and invent my own through trial and error.)
I made this pendant the week before using metal sheet, wire, a pen and some Gilders’ Paste to try and satisfy my metal craving. I didn’t satiate me. I had to buy a the Sizzik Big Kick!