Thursday, December 9, 2010

Dia de la Abby #28: Punched Metal Skull

When I was a child, I remember my mom and dad making copper ornaments by punching designs in them. I think they were for a school Christmas thing. They still have them at their house. I was fascinated that with a hammer, a nail and a piece of metal, that you could make an intricate design. Since Christmas is in a few weeks, I was inspired by that memory to make my own punched metal piece. The act of hammering a nail into the metal to create a hole isn't hard, but holding the nail still tightly and hammering countless times, is painful. This is a project I won't be doing again any time soon. Of course, this would be easier had I used soft copper and made a small ornament. Also, this piece was going to have 4 flowers around the skull. I gave up when I could barely hold the nail still without being in pain...yay!!!! Should you want to make your own, follow the tutorial. I highly recommend keeping your design simple and making something small.

Every week in the 4.0 year, I will be post my own Dia de la Abby posts as well as a tutorial with instructions on how I made my piece. Hopefully you feel inspired by my posts just as I was by Noah's Skull-A-Day 1.0 daily project. Need more of me than just a weekly dose, follow me on Twitter and/or Facebook.


bonehead said...

When punching through metal, I hold the nail with a pair of pliers. No sore fingers, and it keeps my knuckles and manicure from getting whacked with the hammer.....which tends to happen when I'm getting tired.

Abby Davis said...

That is a good idea. I will remember that for the future. Thankfully my manicure was already shot from other projects...yay... I did gently smack my knuckles a few time, but not bad enough to hurt myself. My hammering arm was too tired to have much force.