Step 5: Embossing and Adding Detail.
With which ever side you want to show facing up, use your blunt point to press a line into the blank on either side of the body, from where each wing begins to where it ends.
You will notice the wings now lift up slightly.
Flip the butterfly over and using the fat end of a pencil or similar shape tool, pushing down along the length of the body section to emboss it out. When flipped back over the body should have a nice shape along its length.
Again the next part is best done at the beginning of this step. It is however completely optional depending on the type of butterfly you are making.
Some Butterflies like the Blue Mountain Swallowtail have indents along the length of the wings edge. I find it easiest to do these using a hole punch to “nibble” the edge where needed, although you could probably do it with your scissors.
Again using your pencil/embossing point indent a line across each wing, bisecting it, this should be as deep as those used to make the body.
With your embossing point make patterns in the wing to represent the natural ridges a butterfly would have, accuracy is up to you, on this occasion I chose to do simple arks on the the wings. These embossed lines need not be as deep as those made previously.
This last action may cause the wings to curl in a way we do not want.
Flip the Butterfly over again and run embossing point above and bellow the original lines that bisected the wings. This should take some of the curl out of the wings, however some further manipulation with your fingers may be needed to get it looking right.
You may need to go back and remove any further sharp points at this stage.
If you are using the design of the can as decoration or feel you like your butterfly metal coloured then you are done!