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How to make

PLANT MARKERS
 
a basic how-to for artists and CRAFTERS
 
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Create labels for your treasured plants! - Ideal for gifting!
 
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How to make

PLANT MARKERS- labels
this article under construction - please check back as it develops.
We have found in our own herb garden that "permanent" markers fade quickly when used in the sun on a plant marker. This method of embossing is much better and will last very long.
 
Aluminum will stay the same longest. Brass and copper will slowly gain a natural patina by first turning brown and over time possibly blue or green.
 
1. Cut a strip of 30 gauge sheet metal of your choice. Here we used an 3 inch wide strip by 6 inches long in aluminum 30 gauge but brass and copper in 30 gauge can be used too. (Thicker or thinner metal will not work as well for this project.)
 
2. Fold the metal to the back in thirds leaving 1/3 in front.
 
3. Cut a blunt point on one end to stick in the ground.
 
4. Next with a pointy tooling metal stylus, emboss the name of the plant. You can also use a pointy pen cap.
 
It is done. (We will have photos soon)
 
 
Or to hold it above ground with a horizontal marker.
 
1. Cut a strip of 30 gauge sheet metal of your choice. Here we used an 3 inch wide strip by 4 inches long in aluminum 30 gauge
 
2. Mark the metal for thirds the long way 4 inches. Punch the metal with a small hole above and below line two inches from the end.
 
3. Fold the metal to the back loosely in thirds leaving 1/3 in front and the holes on the back.
 
4.Slide a stiff 8 or 6 gauge metal wire through the back and crimping it by rolling a rolling pin over it with the back up until the wire does not rattle. Or you can glue it in place so as not to ripple the front.
 
5. Next with a pointy tooling metal stylus, emboss the name of the plant. You can also use a pointy pen cap.
 
It is done. (We will have photos soon)
 
   MATERIALS LIST OF OUR CRAFT METALS
THAT MAKE GREAT ORNAMENTS AND DETAILED HAND CRAFTED TREASURES:
 
Copper sheet 30 Gauge and the Brass sheet 30 Gauge- are easy to work: they cut with a scissors , fold easily and are lightweight.
 
Our TOOLING & EMBOSSING METAL FOILS: are even lighter and easy to work. As shown in this star ornament:
 
 
Order samples and experiment you may end up with a keepsake family garden ornament!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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