you will need:
- aluminum foil (thick stuff from a take out carton would be best)
- black permanent marker (or black spray paint)
- glue gun and glue gun glue (although you can use quick setting epoxy glue)
- washing up scouring pad or similar gentle abrasive pad or paper
- strong kitchen scissors
Step 1: Find the Master
The surface has to be hard enough for you to rub over the top of it to form the aluminium foil (just like you were doing a brass rubbing). In fact this is a modern version of doing a brass rubbing, where the finished item is almost as good as the original!
In this case I used a rather cheesy bowling trophy which had a plastic medal attached to the front. Hey don't laugh, I won this with a score of 208, not that good I know, but I was pleased as it was my first time over 200!
Step 2: Cover With Aluminium Foil
However if you are careful even thin foil will give you an excellent result that will be as tough and as robust as any when finished.
Step 3: Rub Foil Down
If you use tape, you only want to tape it along one edge, because when you have rubbed the foil down you want to be able to gently lift off the rubbing without distorting it.
Also, if you use tape, make sure that you are not damaging your master. Tape may pull off surface finish or leave residue, and you don't want to do you that to your dad's finest golfing trophy!
I rubbed the foil down using the wrong end of a small paint brush. You can experiment with different tips to get the most of the detail to show without breaking the surface of the foil.
Make sure you are neat and fully rubbed down all round the edge, as you will be cutting this out at the end of the project, and it will form a lip to hold the glue in when you back fill it.
Step 4: Turn Foil Over
Phew, half way there and the medallion is starting to shape up.
Now if you left it like this it would quickly get damaged, so the next step fixes your impressing forever...
Step 5: Back Fill With Glue
Anyone who has followed my other instructables will know that I love the glue gun. As an invention I rank it second only to the printing press. The use of the glue gun isn't mandatory in this project, but it sure does speed things up.
You will need a reasonable amount of glue (one stick) depending on the size of your impression. Of course you can easily use two part epoxy resin glue or any glue that is fluid before it sets, sets hard and doesn't really shrink. Hot melt is perfect for this job, because it flows very well when it is in its melted state and is flexible and tough when set and only takes a few minutes to set.
BTW... Elmer's Glue (PVA) is not really cut out for this job and if you use that you will be very disappointed and have to wait weeks for it to dry.
Step 6: Colour With Permanent Marker
Colour into all the little gaps and crannies. Pay particular attention to getting the black (or whatever colour you want) into all those little creases.
When the glue has set you will be able to handle the medallion much more easily. now the rubbed down impression will be fixed and secure. don't rush waiting for the glue to set. That amount of hot melt will take about 10 minutes to set so that it isn't tacky. Even so, if you are chomping at the bit to get going on this step wait until the glue has gone rubber and when you turn it over, lay it on a piece of plastic carrier (grocery) bag or cling film, which will stop it sticking to the surface you lay it on.
Step 7: Burnish Off the Marker
It's not hard at all, you can get the most incredible effects in a minute or so.
These pictures show the medallion half cleaned and then completely cleaned.
Step 8: Trim
Step 9: Display Your Medallion With Pride
When you've done... post a picture here and I will put it up on dadcando right under the medallion project, or go and look at dadcando where you can find all kinds of other original junk craft projects.