Crazy About Patina

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.

DIY patina handmade copper leaf and chain.

DIY patina handmade copper leaf and chain.

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 cover.

Added crushed vinegar and salt chips, DON’T crush all the chips too small! Let there be some large and medium sized pieces mostly. The patina will develop where there is NO CHIP touching it.

Copper leaf front detail.

Copper leaf front detail.

Sprinkled white vinegar on chips in bowl, gingerly add copper leaf, delicately add a thinner layer of broken chips, mist with more white vinegar but don’t drown! 🙂

Backside of handmade copper leaf .

Backside of handmade copper leaf .

Cover and wait…. I let it set for 4 hours then took it out to dry. After cleaned of potato chunks and dry I lightly sprayed acrylic matte clear coat three times and added chain.

Backside of handmade copper leaf detail.

Backside of handmade copper leaf detail.

I have always loved the mingling of fiery orange copper against the vivid teal, turquoise and kelly green of a patina! It transfixes me and I stare and stare, looking at every tiny detail and blob of bright rosy orange in the middle of a large acid green and turquoise blue speckled splotch 🙂

Rebecca Brooks
Jasmine&Violets

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  • A gorgeous spectrum of patina colors, Rebecca – and I love your texturing on the leaf! Also the the unusual chain that feels like vine tendrils around the leaf. Thanks for posting this – I love to see what people make from my tutorials!

  • Hi Rena! Thanks so much for your compliments, they mean alot to me.
    I think I might try using the engraver on a piece after the patination process next time instead of just prior.
    I didn’t make the vine connection until you mentioned it lol! I totally wasn’t thinking along those lines when I paired the two.
    I should use you’re grape vine tutorial to do the necklace for a patina’d metal grape leaf pendant.

    Thank you so much for letting us share on your site! It’s great fun for me. ;^)

    Rebecca Brooks

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