Do you ever feel possessive of your favorite belongings? I moved our jewelry team’s Vintaj BigKick closer to the windows - a distance of maybe 15 feet – to get pictures and no fewer than three people stopped me!
“What are you doing?!?”
“Where are you going with that?!?!”
Really guys, the BigKick belongs to *all* of us – but I understand wanting to keep tabs on it: it is a super fun tool! Despite the name, the BigKick is actually a very small rolling mill. It is designed specifically to texture Vintaj Natural Brass blanks with their DecoEmboss folders and DecoEtch design plates.
Simply choose a blank, lay it on the design, sandwich it between the plexi-glass plates and run it through the BigKick. The metal comes out with a reversible design, and since Vintaj brass has a natural patina, just few swipes with the metal reliefing block to polish the high points really brings out the details. (We’ve linked Vintaj’s YouTube demo videos right from the product listings in our online store if you’d like to see it in action!)
We recommend using only Vintaj Natural Brass blanks with the BigKick machine as they are the right gauge and softness. Don’t use Vintaj Arte Metal pieces, as they are made of iron, which is not a soft metal and might damage the machine. [UPDATE: Vintaj has redesigned their Arte Metal pieces...the new thinner gauge is now compatible with the BigKick! However, as of 4/16/12, Rings & Things' stock of Arte Metal is the older, thicker kind that should *not* be BigKicked ]
One roll and you’ll be in love…
If you’re buying a BigKick, you need three other things:
Flat Vintaj brass shapes/blanks
Metal reliefing block (sand paper or steel wool also work, but are not as easy to use)
And that’s it – instant gratification! Have fun kicking your style up a notch! ~ Cindy
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