to create pierced sheet metal work for Pie Safe panels or Luminaries.
- For this demonstration we have used 30 gauge Aluminum sheet which looks like the old fashioned tin used in pie safes
- But Copper 30 gauge or Bronze 30 Gauge can also be used for a warmer look. Foil of 36 gauge can be used if handled delicately, reinforced or mounted on glass or against a flat surface.
- 1. Measure for the finished
size required and layout pattern with lightly scribing the design
with a compass or a nail.
- 2. Place
a square of ordinary corrugated cardboard underneath.
- 3.You can
mark your pattern with a fine point permanent marker, but we
have just eyed up the design.
- 4. With a
large nail hammer design in the panel starting from the center.
Practice on a scrap of metal to get the feel and see if nail
is the right size. Use only the pressure necessary to pierce-
any more will unnecessarily dent the panel making it difficult
The finished panel can be painted or varnished to protect. We
use shellac or a colored varnish to give an antique look. Use
the first one to transfer design if you are doing more than one.
Or save cardboard as a pattern
- Mount it
in a Pie Safe- to replace panels or create your own.
- Use copper
to create an upscale panel.
- Mount in
a frame and hang in a window or create a screen for a fire place.
- Use on ceilings
for a tin ceiling.
- MAKE A LUMINARY!
- 1) Bend it
tightly around a tube so layers overlap and tap in holes that
go through both layers. You may have to re-do the underneath
ones but they will be lined up.
- 2) Lace up
with a thin wire.
- 3)place a
candle it it for a luminary!
- Use copper or brass for
a different look.
- Order samples and experiment
you may end up with a family keepsake or a lovely gift!
tools and techniques SEE ALSO: Flattening,
Bending & Forming Metal