Hi! I hope I'm posting this in the correct forum. I've been thinking about embossing thin aluminum for weeks using the tools I have in my shop. So, today I cut out a simple die on my mini lathe, stuck it in my floor press with some .001" aluminum flashing I got from the home improvement store. Below is the result. I used different materials to "compress" the aluminum into. Foam, wood and lastly two layer of vinyl, which seemed to work the best. In one test with the foam, it cut the foam instead of the aluminum.
First I cut down the inside about .03" to leave room for a "cutting" ring on the outside edge.
Then cut some circles inside the area. This is the simple patern I hope to press into the aluminum.
Next I cut an edge around the outside. I was hoping this would "cut" the outline around the piece being pressed.
Everything loaded up in the floor press
It cut a circle out of the foam I was using. Not really what I was going for at all.
I tried wood instead of foam, but that didn't work. I then tried some vinyl material folded over a couple times, which gave me the best results.
This is as best as I could get it. As you can see something is off somewhere . I'm just sticking the die under the ram and getting is as close to center as I can, then pressing it.
I've been reading a lot, and it seems the proper way to do this is building some sort of shoe to hold the die? I have a couple ideas for some designs, but I was hoping others here on this forum could give me some pointers. It should also be known (if it's not obvious) that I am a complete hack and I have no idea what I am doing. Thanks!