I’m going for a faux hammered copper look again, this time with soda cans. Some of you may remember my faux hammered copper attempt on the dish pans. Well that one didn’t work out as well as I had hoped, but since I’ve had a little success with the soda can labels I made last year, I thought I’d try salvaging soda cans again.
I haven’t actually made anything with the so called faux hammered copper from a soda can, but my mind is already abuzz with possibilities. I’m thinking labels, scrapbooking, jewelry, hmmm?
Supplies I used:
- Soda can
- Sidewalk (yes, as in a square of cement, outside)
- A rubber mallet, or something that works in the same fashion, see what I mean below.
- Rust colored spray paint primer
- Copper metallic craft paint
- Black or black metallic craft paint
- Paint glaze medium
- Sponge brush and a few clean cloths
- 220 grit sand paper
- Extra fine steel wool (#0000)
Note: you can do ONE or BOTH sides of the soda can. This example only shows ONE side.
Step 1) Cut top and bottom off soda can
Cut off the top an bottom of the can and then trim off the jagged edges. Using gloves will keep your hands protected.
(This picture shows the piece nailed down, that is just for show, nails are not needed).
Step 2) Sand with 220
Lightly sand both or one of the sides down with the 220 grit sand paper. I wrapped mine around a block of wood.
Step3) Lay the soda can down on the sidewalk and faux hammer
Lay the soda can piece down on the sidewalk and hammer lightly with some type of tool that works in the same fashion as a rubber mallet. I had a rubber mallet, so I used that, but I also tried a meat tenderizer and even a full bottle of Mod Podge.
The idea is to create an imprint of the bumpy sidewalk onto the soda can using a tool that has a little give to it. By give I mean “rubber mallet” type give. That is why I tried using the bottom of a (full) decoupage bottle. It is heavy enough, but it has some give, as opposed to a standard hammer head. I didn’t think of this but covering a hammer head with a cloth may have been a useful tool, as well.
I found that the meat tenderizer caused very severe imprints.
The bottle of decoupage caused lighter imprints than the rubber mallet, but it still produced a faux hammered effect.
Note: I hammered mostly on one side of the soda can piece and then a little bit on the opposite side. This gave me mostly outies on one side and mostly innies on other side.
Step 4) Prime, sand, and apply copper paint
Sand the entire surface with the 220 grit sand paper. Try to flatten down the impressions that you just made (this will help when applying the paint).
Sand entire surface lightly with the steel wool.
Apply several coats of rust colored primer, lightly sanding with steel wool in between coats.
I thought my green copper beaded bottles looked like just the thing to pair this soda can concoction with.
I think that creating this look on an actual piece of metal, albeit aluminum, gives it a more realistic dimensional look. But then again, once upon a time, I tried to make plastic look like hammered metal, so what can I say.
Thank you so much for stopping by ~ Amy