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Butterflies in May: "Punched Tin" Butterflies Completed!
Submitted by Pam on Sat, 05/10/2014 - 00:01
As promised, a follow-up re: "punched tin" butterfly project!!
As you can see above, my butterflies are punched, cut, cleaned, and drying! Tomorrow I get to add them to…..
my butterfly tree!
Before introducing you to each little butterfly individually, I wanted to offer a few more tips that you might find useful. (And remember - full tutorial here!)
You will find cutting around your butterflies much easier if you will always cut toward the right and upwards. (Lefties - I am so sorry - never tried this lefthanded. ) In the image above, the cut is very easy to make along the top edge of the wing until you arrive at the mid-point. If you try to contort your cutting tool and continue cutting the rest of the wing, cutting can be difficult and awkward. Don't fight it!
Simply turn your work over and cut the uncut side of the wing from the wrong side of your work. 1000 times easier!
This goes for all small areas as well. Soooooo much easier to work from both sides of the punched design than to try to force your cutting tool into awkward positions.
I have found that tin snips, scissors and heavy duty curved toe nail scissors all work extremely well when cutting roof flashing, and aluminum food containers. Tin sheets usually require tin snips although the toe nail scissors are very useful for tiny places.
I specify toe nail scissors with a curved blade because the scissors can be turned to work with your direction of cut - inside curve or outside curve. They are fabulous for tiny places and tight curves.
Butterflies punched, cut and sharpie design lines removed! Again, refer to the full tutorial for adding bead bodies and antennae.
In the photos below, you will no doubt notice that the glue (Aleene's Super Tacky) is showing a little on each side of the bead. Not a problem as the glue dries clear and becomes almost invisible.
I have tried using a smaller amount of glue so that it wouldn't show at all, but sadly, the beads popped off and left me with naked butterflies.
Another option for attachment would be to wire the beads onto the metal. And if this works better for you - do it!!
After posting the original tutorial, I received numerous requests for information regarding a source for long slender beads. I get my butterfly body beads from Fire Mountain - the information is attached to the original post.
And now even before the poor things have time to dry, a little introduction to my brand new butterflies!
Yellow Crested Spangle
The mystery butterfly from Marylines site Mary and Patch. If anyone recognizes this butterfly, please won't you identify it for me?
Added after post: Thank you Silvia (Madame Renard) for solving the mystery! This is one of the Vanessa Butterflies - specifically Vanessa io or Peacock butterfly! Look it up in google! It comes from a fabulous family!!!
I chose not to embellish these butterflies with beads wired onto the wings but if you want to try it - you can find the tutorial for that right here!
Next week - come back for embroidered butterflies!