Metal Embellishments: Incorporating Wire, Mesh, Metal Sheeting, & more into Fiber Arts (Video Download)

Join multi-media fiber artist Mary Hettmansperger to explore the concept of incorporating metals on quilts to add dimension, interest, texture, imagery, & content using low-tech metalsmithing techniques.
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Starting out with metal sheeting as the focus, foils and copper sheeting are explored. Next, Mary demonstrates how wire (in a variety of metals and gauges) can be used to create shapes, images, weaving, and baubles to personalize art quilts and fiber art. Forging, shaping, and texturing sheet metal and wire are covered, along with simple techniques for using a propane torch to add special effects, achieve color, and obtain distressed surfaces. Surface techniques are explored, and options for designing with metal are introduced. With simple fabric applications, what to do and what to avoid when incorporating metals and found items into art quilts are considered. The final focus is on finishing, with special consideration given to methods of attaching metal embellishments to fiber art.
About the Author

Mary Hettmansperger is a fiber artist with her focus on Basketry, Metals, and Beadwork. She has been teaching full time for 25 years. She teaches in many venues, including, Arrowmont craft school, Bead and Button, Convergence, National and Regional Fiber conferences, Basketry and Beading Conferences, Art and Craft Schools, private Guilds, workshops and Retreats.

Mary has had her work published in several magazines, including, Beadwork, Art jewelry, Bead and Button, Shuttle Spindle and dye pot, and Crafts Report. She also has work in numerous books including, 500 Baskets, Fiber Arts Design Book 7, the Gourd Book, Creative Scarecrows, Fabulous Found object jewelry, and Teapots - makers and collectors.

Mary has won several awards for her pieces in Rib construction and Twined basketry and Jewelry. She uses each piece of work as a sample for the next, trying not to reproduce, but improve upon what is successful. Mary finds inspiration from things that grow and evolve, whether it be in nature, relationships, Art or life itself.


-Copper sheeting, 24-gauge
-Copper foil, .002
-Wire (26-, 20- and 18-gauge): copper, tinned copper, and craft
-Metal hole punches (1/16", 1/8", and 1/4"), or a drill and bits (see -Optional)
-Brads (use 1/8" hole punch or drill bit)
-Bolts and nuts (use 1/8" hole punch or drill bit)
-Found objects (natural, metal, and other materials: hardware, old jewelry parts, electronic and industrial items, sticks, pods, bones, stones, tumbled glass, etc.)
-Decorative paper
-Embossing powders/stamps and materials
-Waxed linen cords
-Tapestry and sewing needles
-Beads and embellishments
-Fabric, including organza and tulle

-BernzOmatic® QUICKFIRE® propane torch, old pliers, non-flammable surface, and a water bowl
-Safety glasses
-Metal sheet cutters
-Wire cutters
-Letter stamps
-Heat gun
-Variety of standard tools for jewelry making

-Drill, such as a Foredom® drill, drill press, or Dremel® drill, with bits designed for metal: 1/16", 1/8", and 1/4"
-Sewing machine

SKU: EP2016

Author/Speaker/Editor: Mary Hettmansperger

Format: Standard Definition Video

Customer Reviews

Metal Embellishments video Review by Dawn Paoletti

This is a very informative video. The techniques are simple and are presented in a straightforward way. Mary showed me how and gave me the inspiration to try something new. I am excited to try working with metals and incorporating them in my fiber art.

(Posted on 11/27/11)