by Rena Klingenberg. Here's a fun way to play with a variety of jewelry patina techniques. We'll use opaque patina inks that are made to adhere to metal. Simply paint or dab the patina ink onto your metal. This is an easy way to create patina effects in a variety of colors. Unlike most patina processes, you can precisely control the outcome … [Read more...] about Jewelry Patina Techniques (Tutorial)
Patinas and Oxidizing
by Dianne. (Windsor, Vermont) Whoa, is this ever fun! I decided I wanted to try some color along with the metal and this is a blast! I figured as long as Valentine's Day is fast approaching I would start with some hearts and do simple enamel. Now I have the bug and have ordered cloisonne wire, etc.... I can't wait! Dianne Divella Designs Divella … [Read more...] about Getting to Know Enamels
by Leslie Hirschberg. (Rancho Mirage, CA) Can I change the color of silver crimp covers to match the beads I am stringing by using alcohol ink? Leslie Hirschberg … [Read more...] about Alcohol Ink on Crimp Covers?
by Melissa McNair. (Clifton Park, NY USA) I just love creating unique jewelry pieces, and my "Aphrodite" necklace is a favorite among my customers The idea is the same, but each creation is always unique since a different combination of paints & accent beads are always used. Aphrodite is a Greek Goddess born out of the sea, and I choose a variety of … [Read more...] about Art Nouveau Goddess: Aphrodite
by Karen. (Toronto) I have my own hand stamped jewelry shop and have decided to use a patina on my personalized pieces. I have tried Liver of Sulpher and the stench of it nearly knocked me over. I use nickel silver and the only chemical I could find was Jax Pewter Black. I put an old disc in to it, full strength and the piece turned jet black within … [Read more...] about How to Use Chemical Patinas Correctly?
by Rena Klingenberg. Question: If you start out with a mismatched pair of rustic copper washers, how many different necklace looks can you create? Answer: The sky's the limit! In this tutorial, we'll make our rustic copper washers and then explore ways to use them in necklace designs. Make Your Rustic Copper Washers My larger washer is 5/8" size, … [Read more...] about Rustic Copper Washer Necklace Variations (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. These simple adjustable stacking rings can be worn one at a time - or one on every finger - or as a whole stack of rings. A simple patina created by a boiled egg provides fabulously rustic color on the finished pieces. You'll get an even more rustic look if you hammer-texture a couple of the rings and scatter them throughout the … [Read more...] about Rustic Adjustable Stacking Rings (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. In this tutorial we'll create three different darkened looks on jewelry metal, to give them the appearance of oxidizing: We'll give metal a grungy, antiqued appearance: We'll emphasize a surface texture on metal: We'll darken stamped letters on metal: NOTE: We're not actually … [Read more...] about How to Give Metal an Oxidized Look (Tutorial)
by Rebecca Brooks. (California, USA) I used Rena's Potato Chip Patina tutorial and the Rustic Autumn Leaf tutorial also. It turned out great! Just wanted to share it with you all. Cut out the leaf, file away the sharp edges. Wash with hot soapy water, dry and don't touch the pendant with your bare fingers. Get medium sized bowl with lid or plastic wrap to … [Read more...] about Crazy About Patina
by Teri Griffith. (Davie, Florida USA) Embossing copper is so old fashioned, think of the tacky framed copper reliefs of wagons or animals. Now it is a beautiful spring board for jewelry, switch plate covers, or book marks. I love the entire process, the design selection, the embossing, the patina and finally the end product. The vinegar and salt solution … [Read more...] about Embossing Copper Sheets
by Rena Klingenberg. There's something magical about Autumn. Many people (including me!) say it's their favorite season. Here's a collection of creative, inspiring Autumn-themed jewelry ideas - from some of the lovely jewelry artists here in the Jewelry Making Journal community: Autumn Jewelry Tutorials: Rustic Leaf Pendants Tutorial by Rena … [Read more...] about Autumn Jewelry Ideas & Inspiration
by Nika van der Meer. (Texas USA) These pieces were made from raw brass stampings. I used two different solutions to get the different colors. The rust color on the left is from cupric nitrate. After the color developed, I let it air dry and then used a small paintbrush to add the blue/green acetic acid (vinegar)/salt patina on top. As the vinegar solution dried, … [Read more...] about Patina on Raw Brass Stampings