How to Make New Jewelry that Looks Ancient

by Michele Rappoport.
(Tucson, Arizona, USA)

How to Make New Jewelry that Looks Ancient by Michele Rappoport - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Blue Green Patina Earrings (front)

I’ve always loved transforming something humble like a found object into a piece of jewelry, but my obsession hit a peak recently when I started working with patinas.

How to Make New Jewelry that Looks Ancient by Michele Rappoport - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Blue Green Patina Earrings (back)

I used the Swellegant line of patinas and dyes to transform an ugly component from an old necklace into these earrings.I added some beads and handformed brass coils and voila! – a brand new set of ancient earrings.

How to Make New Jewelry that Looks Ancient by Michele Rappoport - featured on Jewelry Making Journal

Blue Green Patina Earrings (hanging)

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  • Gorgeously aged effects, Michele! My favorite patina colors have always been the greens, blues, and turquoises. The bright yellow metal is the perfect pop of color to finish these fab earrings!

  • Dianne H says:

    The use of the coils is very original. Great idea.

  • Kim says:

    I have some of these patinas in my stash. I’m going to have to try this! I love your results!

  • Christine Rehkop says:

    Love, love, love them Michelle!

  • Michele Rappoport says:

    Thank you all. If you have questions about process, I’d be happy to answer.

  • Michael T. Jacobson says:

    The proportion of bead/coil/patina’d part is excellent, Michele. Simply beautiful earrings.

  • kathy corkery says:

    Beautiful earrings Michele! I have been wanting to try the patinas but have been afraid of the smells. I am sensitive to fumes. Do Swellegant patinas have strong fumes? Does anyone know which brand has the least fumes? thank you.

  • Michele Rappoport says:

    Kathy,
    The Swellegant line was designed for sensitive users. It has very little odor and low toxicity. Easy cleanup. It’s a quality product with infinite uses.

    Michele

  • Jasmine says:

    Are you going to share how you created these gorgeous pieces”?

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