Thursday, March 11, 2010
All about Patina
One of my professors, I can't remember which, told me that patina was to metal what fragrance is to flowers. Patinas can change the entire look of jewelry and other metal work.
I get questions about patinas all the time, so I thought I would share some tutorials on how to create chemical and heat patinas on different metals.
How to Heat Patina Copper
How to Make a Blue Metal Patina
How to Make an Antique Brass Finish with Heat
How to Make an Antique Brass Finish by Fuming
How to Oxidize Silver Jewelry with Eggs
How to Use Liver of Sulphur
Once you have created the patina you want, you will need to consider whether you want to do something to protect your patina. I dislike varnish and lacquer. This tutorial will explain How Use Renaissance Wax to protect your patina.
Patina can be applied all over a piece of jewelry or in select places. This tutorial will explain How to Make a Patina Resist to create a pattern in your metal.