Embossed Metal Carousel Horse- free pattern!

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About a year ago, I was playing around with disposable aluminum pans and discovered that they can be embossed to create amazing works of art.  I created Faux Tin Tiles,  Enchanted FishSleeping Mermaid, and The Winter Fairy.  This week, I’m releasing a new FREE pattern of a Carousel Horse to all my Sitcom readers, along with a tutorial on how to emboss this new design!

embossed metal carousel horse made from a disposable cookie sheet

This particular carousel horse has been in my head for a while now.  I just needed to make the time to put it to paper.

You can use the pattern to create an embossed metal piece, or create something of your own.  Some ideas for use would be:

Faux Stained Glass
Drawing in pen and ink
Batik with Crayons
Painting on Mirrors
Decorative Painting
Fabric Painting

For this project I used:

FREE Carousel Horse by Suzy Myers
1 aluminum disposable cookie sheet or disposable buffet lid*
Knitting needle, paintbrushes (for embossing)
Black spray primer for metal
Acrylic Metallic Paints
Canvas
Black Acrylic Paint

*Unprinted disposable pans and buffet lids can be found at your local party supply store for just pennies.

**For a great video on this embossing technique, look here!

embossed metal carousel horse made from disposable cookie sheets

Begin by cutting the raised edges off the cookie sheet so that you have one large flat piece.  Use the knitting needle to score 1/4 inch around all four sides.  Clip the corners, and fold the metal back along the score line (this will create a smooth even edge for your picture)

Enlarge your pattern to the size that you want it.  Place a towel on your table and lay the sheet of aluminum over it.  Cover with your pattern and use the knitting needle to lightly score the pattern into the metal.

embossed metal carousel horse made from disposable cookie sheets

Use the knitting needle and the blunt end of your paintbrush to rub the pattern into the metal.  The towel underneath gives you some play, but be careful not to push too hard. There is no right or wrong way to do this.  Just emboss the design in the way that you would like.

embossed metal carousel horse made from disposable cookie sheets

You will notice that the cookie sheet that I am using has writing embedded on it.  By flipping the project over and rubbing on the back, and then rubbing on the front, you can work the letters out of the metal to a flat finish.

embossed metal carousel horse made from disposable cookie sheets

Once the pattern is embossed to your satisfaction, it is time to prime it.

embossed metal carousel horse made from disposable cookie sheets

Use a flat black metal primer and spray the entire project.  Allow to dry.

embossed metal carousel horse made from disposable cookie sheets

I chose metallic paint for this project.  You will find that you may need more than one coat of paint.  Paint using the colors that you prefer.

embossed metal carousel horse made from disposable cookie sheets

Finish up details by using black metallic paint to fill in the lines and bring the piece to life.

embossed metal carousel horse from disposable cookie sheet

And there you go!  A one of a kind metallic carousel horse! (This photo was taken in artificial lighting so that you can see the embossing a bit better).

embossed metal carousel horse from disposable cookie sheet

Notice that there is no evidence of the previous embossed lettering across the saddle!

embossed metal carousel horse made from a disposable cookie sheet

This photo was taken in natural light so that you can see the true colors of the piece.  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

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  • Linda Cook January 13, 2017, 3:18 pm

    Not sure my post was posted. I have two pictures my mother did on copper sheets back in 1950’s. They are still beautiful. I do not know how to post a picture, just know they are awesome.

    • Susan Myers January 14, 2017, 1:01 am

      Hi Linda!

      I bet they are beautiful! Isn’t it great how old hobbies come back into style?

      suzy

  • Linda Cook January 13, 2017, 3:14 pm

    I have two copper pictures my mother did in 1950’s. Still beautiful. I don’t know how to post a picture.

  • rocio October 13, 2014, 12:35 pm

    hi suzy, i love your tutorials!

    • Susan Myers October 15, 2014, 8:51 am

      Thank you so much! Would love to see what you come up with!

      suzy

  • Renee June 15, 2014, 8:41 pm

    I love this project and the Upcycle of the cookie sheets….as a Girl Scout leader I will be doing this project with my girls and have them share it at their Green Art Show will share pics when done! Thanks for sharing love your work!

  • Debra March 24, 2014, 2:59 pm

    Love the outcome of this project. I am definitely going to have to try it!

  • Molly Smith January 22, 2014, 11:33 pm

    Love-love your design on this one. (This would take me forever.) You have saved me some moolah! I’ve been buying tin sheets at Michaels to do ATC cards. Gotta try the pans. xo

  • JOY January 22, 2014, 3:29 pm

    Hi suzy
    Love your patterns,do you spray a varnish over the finished project?

    • Susan Myers January 22, 2014, 5:09 pm

      Hi Joy!

      Thank you! As for the varnish, I haven’t found a need to add it to the work that I’ve done with metallic acrylic paints. Spraying on the primer helps the paint to adhere well, and the multiple coats of paint seem to do well with out a layer of varnish. Of course you could always add it if you prefer it. Some of my metal work hangs behind my stove and gets wiped off frequently, and it has done well over the past year.

      Hope that helps.

      suzy

  • norene January 22, 2014, 2:54 pm

    The saddle looks great in purple. It came out perfect.

  • Monica January 22, 2014, 12:04 pm

    Wow, this is my favorite of your patterns so far! I like how you primed in black. I would have assumed white…but the black leaves an awesome outline. It’s beautiful, Suzy!!

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