I am new to metal working. I started out cutting stones. I read somewhere that you can imprint shapes of leaves, twigs, and wires in silver using a rolling mill. I had an idea to use sea-oat pods collected at the beach but I am now wondering if that would work. They are about 2 mm thick. Another question is should I run it through the mill with a backing sheet of copper as well as a top sheet?
Not sure what the items are you want to run through the mill with your metal, but here are some general guidelines that I follow while doing what I call “roller printing”:
- make sure the metal you want to imprint is annealed
- make a “sandwich” of the rolled object. In other words, put another piece of metal on top of the material you are using to imprint your metal.
- Depending upon what object you are trying to imprint, you may want to experiment with the amount of pressure you put on the imprint sandwich with your rolling mill.
Have a blast. It’s a quick and cool way to put design into your metal.
Thanks for the advice.