I have my own little Etsy shop called “The Heavy Metal Division”. Lately I have been having a ton of orders for custom letters that brides are using in place of using a guest book. So, the guests are signing in and writing notes to the brides and grooms and then the couple are able to display these in their homes.
Here is an example of a recent letter that was done..
I thought this was such a fabulous idea! Way more fun than a guest book that just gets stashed away!!
So, I have decided to give away one of these letters to one of my fabulous readers. You don’t have to be a bride or a groom…you can use the letter as you please! The giveaway is for a 2 ft. tall letter…whatever letter you want! You can choose to have it rusted metal or you can choose to have it painted the color of your chose!!
What do you have to do to enter???
1. Become a follower of The Hell on Heels Housewife and let me know what letter you would pick and how you would use it.
2. Get yourself two entries by reposting the giveaway on your site and letting me know!
This giveaway will last until the end of the month at which time a random name will be drawn and notified!! Yeah!!
***I hate to be a downer but I have to retrict the giveaway to US residents...the shipping is quite expensive even here. So sorry!***
So I need to give you a little background on why I do the type of artwork that I am going to show you today. I have always loved art…always wanted to call myself an artist…just thought it sounded sooooo cool!!
Anyway, I was a Neonatal Intensive Care nurse. There is nothing creative in that. Very rewarding but also very stressful. So, I quit my job to help my husband at his auto body repair business. While I am work sometimes I get bored. I am not allowed to paint cars or anything fun like that…which is probably for the best! So I came up with this idea to keep me occupied and indulge my creative ambitions.
So check it out! The Heavy Metal Division by Maggie Johnson. Called the Heavy Metal Division to represent materials used and my EXTREME love for 80’s hairband music!
Step 1: I start with a big piece of sheet metal like this. Please ignore the fenders leaning against my metal. Sometimes other people think they take priority over my projects...what?
This car is in my way...
Step 2: I cut a template out of cardboard
Step 3: Trace the template onto the metal.
Step 4: I use a plasma cutter (basically is heats the air to do the cut) to cut the metal. There are plasma cutters that will cut the shapes out for you. I do mine by hand. I like how it makes my pieces look very rustic.
Step 5: Once the piece is cut out I spray it with a solution of water, vinegar, and salt. Then I wait. Usually with in two days I have a rusted piece of metal!
Step 6: Once the pieces are completely dried they are sprayed with several coats of polyurethane. And, if arms or accessories are needed they are welded on.
And then the finished product!!
My valentines wreath!
Thanks for letting me show my creative process. I am pretty sure I just heard Jon Bon Jovi calling my name...better go!