The Craft In Me

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Iron Foam

So I've taken a long blogger break, which was very much needed. But I'm back now to bring you a post that I'm excited to share.

I had an inspiration the other day while wondering through Kirkland's. This picture with a simple iron design in the center. So I whipped out my phone and took a quick photo.

The iron in the photo probably wasn't real but what we're going for here is the "look" of iron.

I've had the idea for a while to cut fun foam into an iron look and this design fueled my fire.

Now, usually this fun foam comes in thin sheets but I found this thicker sheet at Michael's. It' about 1/4" thick. But I imagine if all you had was thinner sheets, you could cut two or more sheets and glue them together.

I needed a template before slicing into the foam so I made one using cardboard.

So I sketched out a freehand template on cardboard, not bad huh?

But as soon as I started to cut the cardboard with an exacto knife, it was so tough and it was taking forever. Plus, knowing that I had to cut through this cardboard and then cut the foam too, I just took my chances with cutting the foam freehand without the cardboard template.

Using pencil, I drew the design on the foam and then used an exacto blade to make the cuts.

The pencil shows up well on the foam even though the foam is black.

I was so happy it was turning out great.

Now for those jagged edges.

The scissors I used did not help much with trimming.

So, bing!, I had an idea to use sand paper to smooth the edges. It did the job well.

This was turning out to be sort of a sculpting project but my background in clay and pottery really enjoyed this step.

This next step wasn't necessary but it gave it a finished look.

I spray painted it using Rust-Oleum black metallic spray paint.

Lastly I placed scrapbook paper behind it. I'm still not sure if I will hang as it is or place it in a frame like my inspiration photo.

Also, I can't wait to try other designs. It would look great carved with an initial too.

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  1. That looks great. You are one talented lady!
    lovely work!

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  3. Fun! Isn't it great to see something and make it for yourself? Thanks for sharing!

  4. That came out really pretty. I love using stuff I have to make a 'designer' or popular item without paying those high prices. Visiting from Sugar Bee's Take a Look Tuesday.
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  6. this is awesome! will definitely be trying this.

  7. Wonderful job... It looks just like iron! Love faux metal ideas =)

    -caroline @ c.w.frosting

  8. OMGosh, this is ingenious! I ♥ anything iron even if it is faux iron Ÿ If you make a template of your piece I would love to have it. Such a clever project Ü

  9. What an awesome and affordable idea! It turned out so good!

  10. This is one fabulous idea! Definitely have to try it for our room...maybe white....or black...;D

  11. Love this! I will definitely try the initial idea, what good gifts that would make. Kudos on your cleverness!

  12. What a great project - it looks so realistic!!! So glad I followed you here from the Answer is Chocolate Link Party! I'm also linking up if you'd like to drop by!
    Hugs, antonella :-)

  13. I loved your iron foam so much I featured it on this week's Ten Buck Tuesday! Email me at youngnester(at)gmail(dot)com to get the code for the "I've been featured at Young Nester" button! Have a great week!

  14. What a great project. it looks just like iron!

  15. That's awesome! You had me fooled. I think spray painting it was a great idea! Gave it the perfect feel. Love it!

  16. Jalinda - Your art work looks fantastic. So creative and clever! Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party. I am a little behind commenting - but I have featured this last week. Hope you are having a wonderful week ~ Stephanie Lynn

  17. Very nice job! fancy and it!
    Lina :)


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