The other night when I had my alcohol inks out, I started tinkering with this piece of copper that I had embossed using the Cobweb Texture Fade. After I embossed it, I adhered it to a piece of chipboard and mitered and folded the edges over to the back. I had made it with absolutely nothing in mind to do with it so it sat for a few days untouched. So as I was working on my journal project it caught my eye. I began inking it with the same Sunshine Yellow and Sunset Orange that I used on my brighter days page. The colors looked so amazing on the copper! I then took my black archival ink pad and rubbed it over the surface to hit the high parts of the design. I had some serious love happening for the effect. Then I wondered what would happen if I added some Rock Candy Distress Crackle paint. . . .
This is what happens. Rich, russety, crackly enamely looking goodness. I wish the photos did it real justice because the effect is so seriously gorgeous in person.
BUT, here is the thing, the Distress Crackle Paint doesn’t bond well with either the alcohol inks or maybe the metal, I am not sure which. Whichever it is, the crackle flakes off. Not 100%, but enough to make the piece very fragile to handle. These photos are all after I handled the piece and tapped the edge on my table to remove the loose flakes. You can see areas that are duller looking, that is the metal peeking through.
The more it is handled the more it flakes. When it flakes off, the flakes pull the color from below with exposing the original metal color. Now mind you, I don’t really consider the flaking a fail, I think it looks cool but it does make the piece very fragile to handle.
The flakes that come off look a lot like colored chunky glass glitter or colored rock candy. I am seriously thinking of repeating the process just to harvest the chunks!
I am going to experiment with adding something else to the mix to try to help bind the crackle to the surface more to try to increase the durability. I wanted to blog about it now though because it is just too pretty, even at the non-perfect stage not to share! I have used Glossy Accents on metal before so the Crackle Accents might be the answer for a non-flaking crackle effect. If you have any ideas for a binder please let me know. I am ready to experiment and try anything and will of course share the results here.