Monday

French Enameled Numbers


I've been perusing french blogs lately. I can't read a lick of the language but haven't taken the time to Google translate because I'm mesmerized by the pictures. One item I run across time and again are those wonderful enameled numbers. (I read that they are vintage wine barrel markers) I've been dying to create my own.

The trick seems to be in finding the blank tags. I got these brass ones at my local True Value hardware store in the key department. You might even try a pet store. If all that fails, google "metal tags" for lots of sources on the internet.

Materials
metal tags
sand paper
white spray paint
StazOn ink pad
clear embossing powder
parchment paper
twine

Tools
number rubber stamps
electric fry pan
spatula

Lightly sand the tags to provide a tooth for the spray paint.

Spray the tags with white paint then allow to dry. Using black StazOn ink, carefully stamp numbers in the center of the tags, beneath the holes. *note - placement of the numbers was the hardest part. I think I will invest in clear number stamps in the future.

Place a sheet of parchment paper or aluminum foil on the surface of an electric pan. Turn the heat to 350º and heat tags for about 30 seconds. Remove with a spatula and place on a piece of copy paper. *Even though I show a large number of tags, it's better to do just few at a time.

Immediately cover the tags with clear embossing powder. The heat from the tags will warm the powder and slightly melt it. When cool, shake off the excess powder. Place them back on the fry pan until the powder fully melts. (just a minute or two) Remove.

I threaded twine through the hole and wrapped it around an old mason jar.


I've seen these tied to candles, flower pots and glass cloches. Perhaps for table numbers at a wedding? Tag your own wine?

Enjoy a little bit of France in your part of the world. Tres jolie.

85 comments:

StepThruCrazy said...

I love these! Got to get my hands on some embossing powder one of these days!

TexNan said...

I so want to do this! Gotta make a supply list for my next trip into town.

Thanks for posting the tute.

CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [05 Jul 12:00pm GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Wendy said...

those are beautiful!!! I would've never thought to emboss them - you're so clever! thanks for sharing :)

Lorraine said...

Great idea. They do look enameled!

Amanda said...

That's a great tutorial and even better idea!

Makalani Adolpho, PLC said...

Looks good! I like it.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

That is SO. COOL. I love that you took the time and were able to figure this out. You're so creative! Thanks so much, I'll be linking.

sewtara said...

wow these are really neat!!
gotta go find some tags now, like the craft addict i am i already own all the other supplies :)

InMyOwnStyle said...

Clever, clever, clever. I am running to my hardawre store first thing in the morning. I love the French enameled tags as much as you do. Thank you for coming up with these and sharing.

My best- Diane

Jeannie said...

Too cool! I can't wait to try it.

Christy said...

These are so great! I was JUST looking for those metal tags today to make jewelry, so you solved my mystery shopping hunt, AND gave me another great project to try!!!

miette said...

Tout comme vo,us j'adore ces étiquettes émaillées, j'avais juste trouvé la solution que vous pouvez voir ici:

http://lamiettebricole.canalblog.com/archives/2009/11/30/15976947.html#comments

Et là, je découvre votre astuce, c'est superbe, merci beaucoup!
je ne manquerai pas de parler de vous sur mon blog prochainement!

bisous de france!
miette

Cousine Jeanne said...

Hello, I discover your blog by "La miette bricole", french blog...
I find this idea very fun to do...I think I'll try it next...
Have a nice day !!
Laurence (from France)
PS: I subscribe to your blog to have more and more good ideas!!!

Glenda said...

I found you via Curbly, another great site/blog. Thanks for the creative idea --- and for reading French posts so I don't HAVE to! This one has lots of applications!

Deb said...

How cool is that?! Wow, thank you for posting this tute.

petalbelles said...

I've avoided the entire "embossing" powder side of stamping (have to buy new tools, looks messy, etc). After reading your tutorial, I'm going to have to go to the craft store tonight. Thanks for sharing!

Mme Paulita said...

amazing amazing. will share and credit

InMyOwnStyle said...

Hi Gail-

I left a comment for you earlier about how much I loved these tags. I made them and could not be happier with the results. I posted about them today and credited you and added a link to your site.

Now I am thinking about of all the other places I can use this technique.
Thanks for the inspiration.

My best- Diane

Robyn said...

YOU are a GENIOUS!!! I LOVE THEM! I have a heat gun because I've done a lot of embossing in my day (LOL), that idea with the skillet is cool too!

Holly said...

Brilliant. I love these and see these on on my to-do list for sure!

Jenn Erickson said...

My friend Holly at 504 Main mentioned your blog and this project to me today. I'm a new follower (looks like I'm just behind Holly). Definitely picked up some new techniques from this amazing, original craft! I've never worked with StazOn, and look forward to picking some up! Wow, you have a lot of really wonderful crafts. I can't wait to check 'em all out! Jenn/Rook No. 17

Peggy said...

I just stumbled upon your blog via a wild trail... I love these enameled number tags!! I can see so many different applications with this form of enameling that I can hardly wait to start... I have small flat lids I have been saving for some purpose. I can't wait to make up the enameled number tags plus a batch of enameled name plates for coat/towel hooks!!

Thanks for the great idea!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

wow, this is extremely cool!

Vicki said...

These are gorgeous! What a great job and they look just fab on the mason jars. I have that same caddy! Well, milk crate.. you know what I mean! Great project. Following you!

Vicki at Rusty Rooster Vintage

Funky Junk Interiors said...

Wow, LOVE this look! Embossing powder... never tried it before. You have me thinking! They're wonderful on your jars.

Donna

bj said...

These are fantastic..Love the look.

Suzanne@Meridian Road said...

Oh my gosh! They look fantastic! I've been wanting some of these tags for the longest time~I never ever thought I could just make my own! Thanks for the tutorial.

TracyMB @ Crow's Feet Chic said...

These are gorgeous... and what better use for a frying pan? :)

Anita @ GoingALittleCoastal said...

These are so great! Are you using the powder on both sides of the tag? And also, I know nothing of the ink, is it important to use that type?

Gail said...

I only put embossing powder on one side of the tags. I use Stazon on most of my rubber stamped projects. It works with everything, but try another type and see what happens. I wanted something that would adhere to the paint and not react with the embossing powder.

Barbara Jean said...

I'm not familiar with embossing powder. Is that what gives it the highly enameled look??

Great project. thanks!

blessings

barbara jean

Marianne@Songbird said...

Wow, great idea!! I just added this to my inspiration folder because this is one trick I want to try for myself.

Gail said...

I'm not sure exactly what embossing powder is. You probably have to be a chemist. My guess is that it is some kind of plastic. In any case, you find it with the rubber stamp supplies. Traditionally, you stamp an image using a sticky rubber stamp ink such as VersaMark, then sprinkle the powder on top and shake off the extra. When you heat the powder with a heat gun (not a hair dryer) the powder melts giving a raised shiny surface. It comes in a number of different colors and clear.

Amanda said...

I've got a new blog and these are my first feature! I'd love for you to stop by and grab a button! todaystoptwenty.blogspot.com

Black and White {Side by Side} said...

These are awesome!!! Bookmarking this page & becoming a follower :)

Christy said...

These are really great! I'm saving this link for sure. :O)

Kim @ Party Frosting! said...

OMG! These are SO my style! I can't wait to make! I have tons of stamping and embossing supplies...just need tags now! Now I am thinking of using in my wedding too!

hugs! Kim @ Party Frosting!

Heaven's Walk - said...

Gail - these are soooo cool! I've looked at purchasing vintage ones on Etsy and eBay recently, but now I know I can make my own!! Thanks for sharing this great tutorial!! :)

xoxo laurie

Yanet @ 3 Sun Kissed Boys said...

These are soooo cool! They came out so great and authentic looking. I don't have an electric pan but I'm going to have to get one just for this project.

Thanks for the great tutorial and tips.

Madigan at madiganmade said...

What a fabulous tutorial! I love the crisp numbers on the tags.

Blissful Craziness said...

Love this turorial! Where did you get your number stamps? I can't find any I like:(
Krista

Blissful Craziness said...

Love this turorial! Where did you get your number stamps? I can't find any I like:(
Krista

Meg said...

Very fun! I love this idea. How did you come up with it? Brilliant!

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Hi, I'm Suz!! said...

Gail. Wow.
I can't wait to try this!! Thinking I'll be making a trip to the hardware store at lunch today!! I posted a picture and link on my blog!! (inspiringcreativeness.blogspot.com) I just have to share this!!
Thanks for the inspiration!!

Hugs ~~ Suz

Gretchen said...

This is wonderful! I was wondering if I could make name tags by printing the names on the computer, pasting them on the painted disk and then embossing them. Has anyone tried this or some other way to enamel tags? I would love anyones help!

Inspire Me Heather said...

Oh these numbers are fantastic! I linked them up to my "letters and numbers" project post, come on over and check it out!

Morning T said...

These are great and your tutorial is perfect! Yet, I'm not sure I could conquer this one. Great job.
Cheers~
T

Shelly Hickox said...

This is brilliant! So glad I stumbled upon it. Now I'm off to check out the rest of your blog!

Heaven's Walk - said...

Hi Gail! I'm back to take another look at these great little tags. I'm ready to try my hand at them, but I'd love to know how important it is to use an electric skillet. Since I don't own one, could I just put the tags in the oven instead? If so, at what temp for how long?

Could you drop me an email and let me know?

Thanks again!! :)

xoxo laurie

Linda S. said...

Oh, No...please answer "Heaven's Walk's" question on the blog so we can all see it and learn from your reply. I am also wondering if an electric frying pan is essential, as I'm not quite sure where my kitchen and/or oven are!!! Seems to be a direct result of learning how to stamp and paper craft. Go Figure!! Linda S. in NE

AntiqueChase said...

LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!

Chris @ My Arty Attempts said...

Great idea! Just a thought, if you have a melt pot you could heat them in there and sprinkle on the embossing powder while it is in there. I have a small piece of non stick teflon the is slightly bigger than the pot so I can lift it out by the corners when done.

Gail said...

You would need to do a bit of experimenting, but there is no reason that a skillet, griddle or oven wouldn't work instead of an electric fry pan. All you need to do is heat the tags enough to melt the embossing powder which is not very hot for very long.

Jan said...

I made some yesterday using my regular oven set at 350 degrees and it worked great. The only thing I don't like is they do not come out the white that the ready made tags do. They are more of a light cream color. Does anyone know of an embossing powder that will come out white instead of the creamy color?

lisa_crofts said...

i love these. i will have a go this weekend. I am assuming you can use a heat gun instead of the oven. Have you thought o f a stampamajig from stampin up around 20 dollars and you dont have to buy clear stamps.its a great investment.

Croftsy said...

i had fun making these you can definitely use the heat gun much quicker.

Peggy of Plush Nest said...

I saw a link to this on In My Own Style & I'm so glad I clicked over! I really can't believe how much they look like enameled tags!

I also wouldn't have thought of using an electric fry pan for this! How clever.

Bettina Lynn said...

Loved your version of French Enamel numbers! Check out my blog on Thursday when I post my version!! Thanks for the inspiration!! http://bettinalynn.blogspot.com/

Sandi said...

I SO want to try this, but I don't have an electric skillet either. I guess trial and error. Where did you get your number stamps??
Blessings~

~*Feathers and Flight*~ said...

Thank You so Much for Sharing this Amazing Tutorial!I can't wait to make a some of these!
Thank You Again!
Have A Wonderful Evening!
Hugs
Jill

Nif said...

Found these amazing tags on Pinterest!! Do you sell these? Your tutorial is great, but I know my limitations! :)

Jamie @ Sew Rockin' said...

Awesome project! I just wanted to let you know that I featured it yesterday on "You Sew Rock Me Fridays" at my blog Sew Rockin'. Here's the link: http://www.sewrockin.com/2011/12/16/you-sew-rock-me-fridays-9.

I can't wait to see what else you come up with!

Peggy said...

You know I saw these eons ago and bookmarked it not really reading all the post. So today I finally did! and lo and behold I've been doing the same thing but with letters and a small pile of round metal pieces which had been popped out of metal electrical outlets... (yeah my husband thought it was weird when I kept picking them up off the floor at the hardware store... they were trash, ha ha!) Love the number idea! Thank you!! Now I'm off to see about making some to denote how many oz/lbs are in each jar. Thanks! (This reminds me of the enameled jewelry I made as a kid at the base youth center! I loved it!)

Auntie Cake said...

Bless your heart for posting these instructions! Thank you, thank you, thank you! Can't wait to try them!
Kate

Heather Anelie Holloman said...

These are so pretty! I'm dying to try this, thanks for the instructions

Something Special said...

fantastic tutorial, thanks so much I am pinning this one and following you! Love it

amy of four corners design said...

thanks for the tutorial...was looking for rub on letters when I found you...and then clicked on these french enameled numbers (because who doesn't like that!) don't have embossing powder but will improvise with spray poly - putting them on wire baskets I am making - thanks so much!
BTW...I'm your newest follower

daribix said...

these are great! i am also doing he music wrap candle thing, but using a heat gun to adhere music to the candle...no glue bumps!

lifeunfolds.com said...

Does anyone have a good source for inexpensive metal tags?

wintonrosepapercreations said...

I absolutely love these tags and am looking forward to giving this a go. Now a follower #2000. Thanks for sharing. Karen.x

Brigitte said...

Thank you! Love that look and they are hard to find! I will try!

Shoshi said...

I've done something similar to this by cutting the tags with my Cougar cutting machine from white cardstock and layering them to get the correct thickness, stamping the number and then building up 3 or 4 layers of clear UTEE. Before applying the UTEE you can put on some crackle glaze and rub in a little Vintage Photo distress ink to give a lovely cracked effect - they look just like old cracked porcelain. They are lovely for special birthday numbers on cards, and I've done "Happy Birthday" on an oval one, attached with small brass brads. You could apply the technique on a larger scale to boxes or vases or whatever. Endless scope!

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Homeroad said...

I love the idea with the embossing powder. I made some like this but painted on Triple Thick by DecoArt. Great ideas!
Susan

Tempest in a Teapot said...

So creative. There are so many products out on the market these days, it is hard to know where to start. Thank you for being so experimental!

rkramadh said...

I love this idea. I troll french sites as I can read french but I haven't seen these I must say. Yours is truly inspiring! I think I could just use craft heat gun used for embossing on card stock, instead of popping them into skillet. Oh I can't wait to try, thank you so very much!

Unknown said...

I hope your still answering questions from this post. I would love to know where you got your number stamps from?

Thank you
Erin
erinandvictor@yahoo.com

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