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« on: November 02, 2011 07:52:54 PM »


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!

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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2011 05:33:20 PM »

This may be quite ambitious for someone who does not have experience in it.  You could buy metal sheeting at any hardware store - aluminum flashing for one thing, or base metal sheets can be had at crafting supply, or jewelry making stores too, of many different gauges.  You can cut with anything from tin snips, metal shears, but then you may not get consistent results with freehand cutting - and it can be very hard on your hands to cut many many small pieces.  Also, if you are cutting or punching, I would worry about sharp edges and having to properly finish the, so as not to scratch, catch, or cut yourself, or others.  You can drill the holes, or there are rivetting tools or hand punches made for cold connection that can punch consistent holes.

If what you are looking for is a scale shape, then there are companies that specialize in chainmaille supplies that may have what you are looking for -

Try this:


You can age or antique the metal, depending on what it is, with anything from ink/paint, and sealing it with a sealer, wax, paste, etc, or using a chemical like liver of sulfer.
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