by Cheryl Ware. (Lake Charles, Louisiana) Has anyone had experience with alcohol inks on copper fading, even though the pieces have been spray coated? The earrings in the set have faded within a month while the pendant seems fine; the earrings have been worn more. I used a Krylon acrylic spray. I’d appreciate any help you can give me! Cheryl … [Read more...] about Fading Alcohol Ink on Copper Even Though Coated
Patinas and Oxidizing
by Carol. (Lyman, Maine) I love the look of formfolded sculpture and jewelry, and revisited the process in 2017 after creating a special Christmas gift for a friend last year. In the jewelry pieces I had done years before, annealing the copper created beautiful colors. Combining formfolding and fire patina with glass beads and vintage charms has been my … [Read more...] about Formfold – Fire Patina Fascination
by Lynda Carson. (Spring Valley, CA) More experimenting with leather embellishment. Using acrylic paint, antiquing stain medium, metal patina paint, and StazOn ink stamping. Added some pretty Vintaj brass findings for added spice! Lynda Carson Fresh Baked Designs … [Read more...] about Painting Leather
by Amanda Thompson. (Salt Lake City, Utah) I am a in the early stages of creating a jewelry business and finding that I have a lot to learn, which is great. I've done beading and fimo clay projects as a hobby for many years and am branching into some work with metal. I purchased brass chain online from two different sources and it didn't look red in the photos, … [Read more...] about How to Tone Down Red Brass Chain?
by Dianne Jacques. (Vermont, USA) When I set out to make these, I had a very different finish in mind. When this beautiful rustic orange reds showed up during the cool-down from enameling I was torn. Do I leave it and seal it as is....or give it a satin finish? What are your thoughts? Dianne Jacques Divella Designs Divella Designs on Facebook … [Read more...] about Rustic or Satin Finish on These Enameled Earrings?
by Rena Klingenberg. This Southwestern Boho Necklace is a fun mixed media project, where you can use all sorts of jewelry techniques. The colors and materials feel very Western / Southwestern, while the fringe, dangles, and beads feel very Boho. Side view when wearing this necklace: It can also be a great music festival necklace. Supplies: … [Read more...] about Southwestern Boho Necklace (Tutorial)
by Dianne Jacques. (Windsor, Vermont) I love to play with metal...heat it, fold it, color it. Here are a couple of cuffs I made. The first is a fold formed cuff I patinated with ammonia and salt; the second fold formed and oxidized with liver of sulfur. Dianne Jacques Divella Designs Divella Designs on Facebook … [Read more...] about Fold Forming and Patina
by Kathleen Moore. (Hampshire, United Kingdom) Imperfect is my perfect! I love rustic ( and rusty!), distressed jewellery pieces that look like they've already had an interesting life or might have been dug from the earth after hundreds of years. A twisted piece of patinaed metal on a battered leather cord? Yep, I love that!! I'm currently making acid etched … [Read more...] about Etched Copper Cuff Bangles
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)
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