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?
Patinas and Oxidizing
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
by Rena Klingenberg. In this tutorial we'll make a long pair and a short pair of earrings. If you patina a handful of copper washers, you can make a lovely variety of earrings with them! How to Patina Your Copper Washers We're going to start out by giving our washers a lovely, colorful patina. In the photo below, the washers on the left are nice and … [Read more...] about Rustic Copper Washer Earrings – Long & Short (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. In this tutorial, we'll use an eyelet rivet (a rivet with a hole) to fasten two pieces of metal together into a single pendant. This riveted pendant tutorial is an easy two-part project. Here in Part 1, we’ll start out by making two metal pendant blanks, each with a hole for the eyelet rivet: Then, in Part 2 of this tutorial, … [Read more...] about Cold Connection: Easy Riveted Pendant (Tutorial)
by Rena Klingenberg. We're going to use two different techniques to color metal with alcohol ink. In Part 1 of this tutorial, we made two brass pendant blanks: Now, here in Part 2 of this tutorial, we’re going to use alcohol inks to color these pendant blanks with different techniques. After coloring them, we'll hop back over to Part 1 of this tutorial, … [Read more...] about Coloring Metal with Alcohol Ink (Tutorial)
by Gail Hvatum. (United States) What would I use to take off the coating of some old metal costume jewelry? I want to have a clean raw metal so I can apply a patina. I do mixed media art. Thanks. Gail Hvatum g. Renee … [Read more...] about How Do I Strip “Old Costume Jewelry” Coating?