Low-Tech Metal Apps: Wire, Foil, Mesh, & Screen (Video Download)

You’ll be inspired by the stunning results you can achieve with these simple and affordable low-tech applications now available as video download!
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Discover the endless possibilities for using low-tech metal applications to alter and embellish the surfaces of all types of artwork—from mixed-media wall art and collage to book arts, quilts, and other fiber art. After whetting our appetites with an introduction to metal embellishments on her Quilting Arts Workshop™, “Metal Embellishments: Incorporating Wire, Foil, Metal Sheeting, & More into Fiber Art,” in this DVD, Mary delves even further into specific materials and techniques. Patinas, shaping, and forging are all covered. Discover unique manipulations for wire, including looping and twining. Learn to attach altered metals to a variety of surfaces to add depth, interest, and color to your artwork.

  • Wire (26-, 24-, 22-, 20- and 18-gauge): copper, tinned copper, and craft
  • Copper foil: .002-gauge
  • Metal cloth: screen, mesh, hardware cloth
  • Liver of sulfur
  • Found objects (natural, plastic, and metal, including hardware, old jewelry parts, electronic and industrial items)
  • Decorative paper
  • Waxed linen cords, threads, embroidery floss
  • Beads and embellishments
  • Fabrics
  • Batting (optional)


  • Safety glasses
  • Tapestry and sewing needles
  • BernzOmatic® QUICKFIRE® propane torch
  • Old pliers
  • Bowl of water
  • Metal sheer cutters
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Anvil
  • Hammer
  • Steel wool
  • Scissors
  • Embossing supplies: powders, stamps, embossing ink pad
  • Heat gun for embossing
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Sewing machine (optional)

SKU: EP2237

Author/Speaker/Editor: Mary Hettmansperger

Format: Standard Definition Video

Customer Reviews

Awesome ideas for jewelry or fabric arts Review by Tina

I made the mistake of ignoring this video the first time it came out because it seemed associated w/ just quilting which doesn't interest me, but I'm so glad for a reference to it in another video that made me take a second look.

Mary Hettmansburger is truly amazing in her creativity and I just learned at least 10 different techniques to use my jewelry copper for pendants etc, as well as some ideas for concept/memory books I've had in the back of my mind. I have been thinking about how to create utterly original art pieces of photographic essays from mountain and desert adventures, and now my mind is teeming with ways to express those experiences--because of this video. I'll get a lot of viewing and inspiration out of this. Thanks Interweave, and Ms Hettmansburger for firing the creative juices so wildly!

(Posted on 6/1/13)