Me­tal photo art­work

Do It Yourself - - DEPARTMENTS -

PHOTO ART Turn a fa­vorite photo into an heir­loom-wor­thy piece with this sur­pris­ingly sim­ple tech­nique that trans­fers your photo onto me­tal, left. Print a pic­ture on reg­u­lar pa­per us­ing a laser printer or copy ma­chine. Wear­ing gloves, sand an alu­minum sheet to re­move the shine. Place it on a pro­tected sur­face, then cover the alu­minum with a thin layer of liq­uid toi­let bowl cleaner, and let sit for two hours. Rinse thor­oughly in a util­ity sink or out­side us­ing a hose.

Let dry. Use a me­tal corner punch to round each corner, then spray the me­tal with sev­eral coats of poly­crylic sealer. While still wet, place your print face­down on the sheet. Gen­tly rub from the cen­ter out­ward to re­move any air bub­bles. When poly­crylic is dry, soak the pa­per with water (A). Gen­tly rub the pa­per so it rolls off (B). The image will re­main on the me­tal. When the pa­per is gone, spray on a few more coats of poly­crylic sealer. Punch a hole in each corner of the me­tal, then hang with screws.

FOR THE RECORD Ba­sic wooden crates are per­fect for stor­ing heavy things. To pump up the style quo­tient, be­low, re­place the sides with me­tal. Take off the side boards by care­fully re­mov­ing the tiny nails or sta­ples hold­ing them in place (A). Mea­sure the sides, cut me­tal sheets to fit, and sand the edges so they’re not sharp. Spray­paint the me­tal (we used ColorMaster Sea Glass from Kry­lon), and let dry. At­tach the me­tal sides in­side the crate us­ing per­ma­nent ad­he­sive.

AB THE FI­NAL IMAGE WILL BE MIR­RORED,SO FLIP THE ORIG­I­NAL BE­FOREPRINT­ING IF IT IN­CLUDES WORDS OR IF YOU HAVE AN ORI­EN­TA­TIONYOU PRE­FER.

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