How to Color Lilly Pilly Aluminum Blanks

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Designer: Julie Bean
In this video, see how to color Lillypilly aluminum blanks using sharpie permanent markers and polishing pads. Very easy to do, you can now match your blanks to your beads and jewelry projects. It is also addictively fun to see the instant transformation.
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Hi, this is Julie with Today I'm going to show you a really fun technique for coloring Lillypilly aluminum blanks. These are wonderful. They're printed with all different types of designs. Lots of fun different shapes. What I love most about them is I can actually color them using sharpie markers. So I started here on three of them that I've done half on each side. Here I have a turquoise one. I filled in the lines with a green sharpie. Here's orange, polk a dot, it was filled in with some purple and here is a wonderful, nice red filled in with some turquoise. All you have to do is get yourself a nice collection of sharpie markers and use a polishing pad. You can usually buy these and rather nice lots. This one here has ten pads and they do last quite a while. And you just need to play. You just pick a color. I'm going to use this purple and I'm going to just color all over blank. I'm only going to do a little bit at a time because sharpie markers do dry quickly. I'm going to make sure I can pull off some of the marker but I'm not worrying about going into the actual details. I'm just doing it overall. I'm going to take a polishing pad, and wiping at it and what it does is that leaves the color in this the silvertone, the base silvertone of the aluminum. And pulls it off of the printed area. On the other side you need to see that I no longer have the line marks that I had before I use the polishing pad so it take the line marks away. And there you go. It's colored in the silver with a nice purple. I'm going to show you a couple more examples using some other fun colors. You don't have to use to same color on the entire blank. I'm going to go in with another color. I'm just going to make this one stripped. You can probably tell I'm not being that careful which is the beauty of this. You can just really play and have fun. How fun is that with the polka dot and the pink? I just want to do a couple more just to show you how fun this is because they're addictive. It's like playing. It allows you to really cordinate your aluminum to whatever beads you're using or design you're doing. You don't need to seal these because you're using permits sharpie markers. One more. Actually I think this would look nice with brown. Now once you've colored your blanks you can dap them. You can hole punch them. You can do all sorts of different things to incorporate them into your designs. We have a video showing you exactly how to do that as well. I love the dramatic contrast on that one. There we go. That's how you color Lillypilly aluminum printed stamping with Sharpie markies. Go to for all of your beading supply needs!

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