I need to keep tonight's post a short one, so how about another inchie? Friday night I worked on three little soldered pieces, and this little Lockhart Cupcake image was one that especially pleased me. It's shown here larger than life, obviously, since it's a 1" square stamped image.
I stamped the Three Cupcakes image on Neenah Solar White cardstock in Black Brilliance ink, then heat-set it for a few seconds before coloring the image with the Copic markers shown here, in addition to an R29 for the cherry. (The red dots on my markers don't mean anything any more; the colorless blender with the blue ink on it, however, is one that I added several drops of B000 to in order to get the super-pale blue that I often use around the outsides of my images.)
Next I trimmed my image to 1" square, cut a backing from a patterned paper, and sandwiched the layers between two 1" glass squares. I taped the edges with copper tape, burnished them well, then fluxed and soldered them. (Ellen explained that whole process here.) If you already have a soldering iron, you can get other necessities here; if you do not have a soldering iron, the Creative Art Kit contains everything you'd need to get started.)
The trickiest part for me is always adding a jump ring or scroll. This one went on pretty easily. In case you have tried it and found it tricky, let me say that of the three pieces that I made Friday night, two went fairly quickly and smoothly, and the third one I soldered and re-soldered the edges so much that I charred the cardstock a bit! So keep working at it. Sometimes it will come together easily, and sometimes you just keep plodding. . .
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