Introduction: HotGlue/Aluminum Art

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We wanted to show you how we do our artwork.

Step 1: What You Need:

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These are some of the things you will need to this project.

Canvas (you can also use CardStock or anything else you might have that will suit your needs)
Hot Glue gun
Acrylic paint
Aluminium tape
Transfer paper
A Design


Step 2: Transfering Design

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This step is pretty straight forward, transfer your design to your preferred background

Step 3: Gluing Time

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Now hot glue the design, we outlined everything and filled in the three, birds and stones.

Step 4: Covering Time

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Now cover your work with aluminium tape. Wrinkle the tape for structure.

Step 5: Stompf

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Use a stompf, or anything else with a soft tip that will not tear the tape, to flatten the tape so that the design get visible again.

Step 6: Base Coat

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We used black acrylic paint and a sponge to get a base coat on the artwork.

Step 7: Painting Time.

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Now it's time for some colour, use any colours you like, to get the "fire" look on the fire we used a very light mixing technique with yellow, orange and red.

Let it all dry, cover it with a thin layer of spray varnish to protect the artwork, hang it on the wall and admire your work!


StreamQueen (author)2017-01-05

I <3 this! Very good Ible. :)

Jednorozec (author)StreamQueen2017-01-06

Thanks a lot!

prince-of-weasels (author)2016-11-27

waaaaaaaaaaaay back in the early 70's you could get a craft box kit to make a small keepsake or jewelry box.The lid was recessed and the design was raised up with a plastic outline,over which you glued aluminum foil and pressed with the red rubber eraser on a #2 pencil lol Into the resulting valleys was poured/painted various coloured varnishes.That allowed the light to reflect off the foil and gave a faux stained glass effect.Years later I repeated this effect with a glue gun and Reynold's wrap tacked down with rubber glue and the same #2 pencil eraser.I also had luck using gold foil off of chewing gum that gave a softer look.......Spar polyurethane tinted with aniline dyes gives you deep and varied colours but you can repurpose the 'sun catcher' paints you get at the DOLLAR STORE

Well how cool is that! Thanks for the input! :)

Jednorozec (author)2016-11-30

Pardon that my English is not perfect, though I thought people had other things to do then correcting other peoples grammar.

Meglymoo87 (author)Jednorozec2016-12-01

I'm sorry. I wasn't trying to correct your grammar. I was just letting you know so it wouldn't come across as possibly offensive since it says isn't. Not trying to offend you. Blessings :)

pennakate (author)2016-11-28

Beautiful project, and well-done tutorial. Did you use standard craft acrylic paints?

It is also a wonderful technique to use on smaller objects (i.e., a trinket box), without color, to look like forged metal. Thanks for sharing this project!

Jednorozec (author)pennakate2016-11-30

Yes standard craft acrylic paint.

Jednorozec (author)pennakate2016-11-28

Thanks a lot! Yh we have used this technique without painting it too, looks great :)

drwebster (author)2016-11-29

wow,love this

Jednorozec (author)drwebster2016-11-29

Thanks a lot!

Treasure Tabby (author)2016-11-28

Oh I remember making one of these in grade school. Only we glued string on cardboard and then covered that with aluminum foil, then onward. :)


Cats Dragon (author)2016-11-28

Very nice and well done. Thank you for posting. I think I will use your technique on one of the book covers I am making. Good job - Voted

Jednorozec (author)Cats Dragon2016-11-28

Thanks a lot! Hope to see your book cover when it's done!

Kinnishian (author)2016-11-26

If the aluminum tape is too expensive or you would rather use a full sheet of something, you should be able to lookup the "mil thickness" of your tape. The tapes often vary in thickness from 3mil to 6mil, which can produce quite a different feel. I imagine a spray adhesive would work to apply an aluminum foil sheet of similar thickness to the tape that you get (aluminum foil also being spec'ed in mil-thickness.)

Mil being imperial standard, maybe it is spec'ed in micron outside of the us.

pennakate (author)Kinnishian2016-11-28

Good info about varying thicknesses. It would be good to try different mils if you are wanting to create deeper "relief" work.

Aluminum tape is not expensive, at least in the US. It can be found in the ducting aisle at hardware stores.

Jednorozec (author)pennakate2016-11-28

Here in Sweden it's spec'ed in micron.

And it's actually cheaper to order it on ebay that buying it in store here :P

CarlinC1 (author)2016-11-27

That's really beautiful, and a great technique, thanks for sharing it!
A quick question, when you were transferring the design, was that just carbon paper tracing? So many clever tricks there, well done!

Jednorozec (author)CarlinC12016-11-27

Thanks a lot! Yes it's carbon paper, forgot to write that!

agis68 (author)2016-11-27

pretty creative! voted

Jednorozec (author)agis682016-11-27

Thanks a lot!

studleylee (author)2016-11-25

Striking metallic coolness. This reminds me of a vintage art set technique, but I cant put my finger on it....

CarlinC1 (author)studleylee2016-11-27

Right, it reminds me of the old metal signs, probably die stamped or something, with the enamel (?) painted designs. The crinkles of the aluminum tape probably looks something like how the old painted signs would have weathered.

Jednorozec (author)studleylee2016-11-25

Thanks a lot. Actually never seen anything like this unless in real metal work.

studleylee (author)Jednorozec2016-11-25

Looks amazing!

Jednorozec (author)studleylee2016-11-26


NathanSellers (author)2016-11-26

Very cool project. I will have to try the technique sometime. Will aluminum foil work? Or does it have to be tape?

Jednorozec (author)NathanSellers2016-11-26

Aluminium foil will probably work, I'd use some sort of spray adhesive to attach the foil. Good luck! Looking forward to see your work!

Kinnishian (author)2016-11-26

Super rad! I really like the cognitive dissonance of the title and effect. Hot glue and aluminum foil are some of the last things I would expect to produce nice artwork! But, this is a solid technique. Thanks for sharing!

Jednorozec (author)Kinnishian2016-11-26

Thanks a lot for the nice comment! And thanks for the advice!

chazortiz (author)2016-11-25

So unique and beautiful

Jednorozec (author)chazortiz2016-11-26

Thanks a lot!

watchmeflyy (author)2016-11-25

Interesting idea!

Jednorozec (author)watchmeflyy2016-11-26


brmarcum (author)2016-11-23

What is the symbolism in the picture?

Jednorozec (author)brmarcum2016-11-23

It's my wife who did this one and she says "Old knowledge"

Anirudh Ralhan (author)2016-11-22

So Creative and Awesome!!!! Love it :)

Thanks a lot!

pawtanwar (author)2016-11-23

That's a great idea never thought of making an art using glue gun.

Jednorozec (author)pawtanwar2016-11-23

Thanks a lot!

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