Thanks for all of the great answers to my post on creating a deep
texture with a rolling mill. It was a first post and I was so
impressed that people took the time to answer! I experimented and
figured it out so I will post what I learned.
ROLLING MILL STRUCTURE AND PRESSURE
The mill needs to be bolted down onto a surface that will not move
no matter how much pressure is used
Use a lot of Pressure! ~ To the point where you almost can’t do it.
I put the metal and the material I wanted to press into it and
tightened the rollers~ when it felt tight I tightened it a little
TYPES OF METAL AND THICKNESS
Thick metal works best. (This was one of my problems turns out) If
there is not enough thickness there is not going to be a deep
ANNEAL!!! Annealed copper and silver works great.( I found out
that I was not annealing as long as I should have. When I did it the
right way the copper was soft and pliable and took a great
Brass doesn’t work as well. I was told this but haven’t experimented
to see if it was true.
KEEPING THE DESIGN IN PLACE
Whatever you use will show up so keep that in mind
You don’t HAVE to sandwich the metal and texturing material between
If you want to make sure you are not going to hurt the rollers you
can use either metal or something as simple as 3-4 layers of a paper
towel. If you use other metal as the “bread of the sandwich” it will
be harder to push through but as long as the softer metal is in the
middle it will get the impression
Using something like the paper towel does help to push the metal
through the mill easier and probably keeps it in place better
IDEAS FOR IMPRESSIONS
I was under the assumption the texturing material you used needed to
be something like window screen (heavy duty) to make a deep
impression. I was wrong!
As long as the metal is annealed properly something as thin as
cheese cloth will work (to my great surprise!) I annealed copper,
rolled it with cheese cloth and wrapped it with a paper towel. It
came out perfect.
My conclusion (and I am sure many others will add their two cents
worth which is awesome) is this:
All of the things you usually see on websites for rolling through
the mill to create textures must work.
It is not how tough the texture is (like I was thinking) but more
about the thickness of the metal, the malability of it (anneal,
anneal, anneal!), and the pressure on the rollers.
I am going to post my next question about things to use for unique
Again thanks to all for their responses~ ROLL ON!!