Metal photo artwork
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.