Texture Paper by Metal Designz
easy steps to get a nice deep texture into your metal! We recommend rolling the metal and texture
paper with a piece of Water colour paper (140 pound) - Found at any craft or
paper supply shop - We bought a whole book of paper from Staples. This extra piece of paper helps protect your
metal from any marks or debris that might be on your mill, and it also helps keep
the metal from curling as the metal stretches!
Your rollers are STEEL, so you don’t have to protect them from softer
metal or paper.
1. Make sure the metal you want to texture is
FULLY ANNEALED, and pickled and clean.
Silver should come out of the pickle pot looking white. If it is shiny – Anneal Again! Any imperfections in the metal can affect the
outcome. We recommend Sterling Silver & Copper as they both work
beautifully. I personally Roll Niobium and Titanium with great success. If
using harder metals such as Brass or Nickel, make sure they are well annealed as
those metals can be harder to imprint.
For best success - Silver & Copper are best!
2. Cut the
metal to size. Cut your paper slightly larger -
Leaving a small edge of extra texture... in case the paper slides while
you are rolling. Cut a piece of heavy water
colour paper just larger than the metal as well. LARGE pieces (like the full sheet of paper)
will not roll as successfully as smaller pieces... 1” x 3” works great even on
Economy Mills. You want the metal as
narrow as possible feeding into the Mill.
Wide pieces won’t have as much pressure.
the metal between the water colour paper, and the texture paper.
4. Set your
mill so that it is tight and gives you good resistance as you roll the piece
through. Use the depth tester pieces to
practice and make sure you have the mill set to the right thickness. The more resistance or the tighter you have
your mill set, the deeper the texture will imprint. If your mill is set too tight, you will warp
the pattern and the metal ... and it will be VERY difficult to turn the
handle. It's important that you practice
with your mill to get this tension correct.
Economy Mills generally don’t have reduction gears. So you will have to
turn your handle harder to get the best impression. A higher quality mill (Durston, Pepe,
Cavalier) those mills will be easier to crank, while getting a nice deep
pattern. YOU MUST EXPERIMENT AND MASTER
YOUR OWN MILL!! If you are using
140 pound water colour paper, an easy way to set your mill for any metal
thickness is tighten your rollers so the metal can just be pushed in between
the rollers alone. Once you add the texture paper and the backing paper - this
will be a PERFECT tension!
your metal and paper sandwich into the mill.
Slowly turn the handle and make sure you keep a consistent speed as you
turn. This will create a nice even
texture pattern. Hold the sandwiched
metal as long as you can with your fingers so the paper doesn't move and shift
6. Your piece of metal will be textured and
might need to be gently flattened with a nylon mallet and steel block. The texture pattern is now exhausted. It can only be used one time.
THERE IS BASICALLY TWO REASONS WHY
THE PAPER DOES NOT LEAVE A GOOD IMPRESSION – Metal is not annealed well
enough - OR your Mill isn’t TIGHT enough
J It can take a little practice! Economy mills tend to warp longer pieces into a curve.
Success with the 2.5”X9” bracelet papers requires to you to insert the metal as
straight as possible, and allow some extra texture on either side of the metal
in case it curves.
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and what size you would like the pattern printed at. We do not charge a set up fee – Same cost as
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