Bendy Metal Technique Instructions

Description

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Step 1
Print your item as normal.

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Step 2
Place one end of the metal against a curved surface – for the sample you received I used my bottle of ‘sticky stuff remover’ – any hard curved surface will do – spray can, tin, whatever you have to hand… the only difference will be the diameter of the curve will affect the finished bend, so you will need to experiment to get different effects!

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Step 3 
Choose a point on the print to line your curve up with if you want to do a symmetrical bend, so that you can measure and mark on the back of the metal where to bend on the other end. Hold the metal at the bend point and bend it slowly around the curved object.

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Step 4 
To replicate the effect on the sample, turn the metal over and bend at the same point in from the other end of the metal. You will find the metal very forgiving, if you slip or over bend it is quite easy to ease it back again and have another go! But practice makes perfect as they say…

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VOILA!
That’s it! As long as you have put enough of a bend in the metal it will stand on a flat surface without a support.

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EXPERIMENT
Try different styles of bending on different shapes and colours of metal For your FREE printed sample this month (which is Satin gold gloss metal – the curves create a really eye catching item!) we have provided you with correct size metal for a Panoramic scene snapped on an iPhone or iPad – which is at 1:4.5 ratio, so this gives a nice option for selling prints taken from these, but of course we do multiple standard sizes and as mention earlier you can now use our VARIABLE size Custom cut items to order exactly the sizes needed for your project!

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Hints and Tips
Did you know you don’t need to remove the print from metal immediately after pressing as you do on some other substrates? you can leave it to cool first then remove, much safer for your fingers lol! 

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