I want to embellish a jacket I'm making by sewing on several small, lightweight, metal shapes and pieces of chain that should all look kind of weathered. I have no experience working with metals and was hoping for your expertise!!
Is the best way to do this to buy sheet metal and cut out the shapes I want (probably oblong triangles), and then drill holes in the corners? Is that too ambitious for someone with no experience and not a lot of time or money? Do they sell shapes like that already? I haven't found ANY online, but I'm not entirely sure what to search for.
Also, if I do buy sheet metal, what gauge is light weight enough to not weigh down the garment, but also sturdy enough to not just bend or crease? What kind of metal should I use? What tools will I need to cut the shapes and drill the wholes? How can I grunge up what I expect will be shiny sheet metal? Where do I even find sheet metal?
Sorry for so many questions, but I'm going to NYC on Friday to try and buy supplies and don't even know where to start!! If you know of any good metal supply stores in NYC that would be a big help as well!