Make and Take project: Fire Patina copper earringsThese earrings were made by guests in my studio on one of the 3 days of this weekend long event.
Every year our local Arts Council sponsors a Studio Tour. As due paying members of the Arts Council, we can participate for an additional fee. I have participated in this event for many years and way back when-- was helpful in getting it on its feet again after our Arts Council went out of business for a few years. Now it is a flourishing event and has been for some time.
peyote stitch double wrap braceletThe Artists Studio Tour is a time when I sell my handmade jewelry. This year bracelets were the most popular item. Second was earrings
ceramic heart earrings
and after that my peyote stitch necklaces
freeform peyote stitch necklace
And equally popular, my nature inspired pendants
ceramic Marguerite daisy pendant
from a French Garden ceramic pendant
Guiding my guests through the make and take earrings project was my favorite part of the weekend. Here is how we did it: A tutorial
Then I drilled holes in them with my drill press
Then it was time for the making
To decorate the copper discs, we used image stamps (see Beaducation for a free stamping video techniques class)
and Texture Hammers
And when they were happy with how their earrings looked, we colored them in with permanent black Sharpie markers so that the stampings and marks would show up better.
Textured copper disc partially colored in with a Sharpie marker
Then we let the fully inked discs dry for about 10-15 min
And rubbed off the extra ink with 0000 Steel Wool
THE FLAME PATINA
Small Lenk 500 Butane Torch and Quench bowl with metal sheet in background--hold you piece beyond that blue tip of the flame so it doesn't get too hot too fast
and then we did the FLAME PATINA that was the most exciting part for everyone. It is like magic.
Disc being held by pliers during the heat patina process
Disc colored with a Flame patina
One of the secrets to creating a great colored patina is to realize that the color comes after the heat. So it is important to heat, quench and look and then go back for more if the color is not intense enough. If you heat up your piece too long and it goes dark, it is just a matter of going back to the the steel wool and rubbing off the patina and starting over.
Here are some of the beautiful earrings my guests made
Oh that looks like so much fun - it's great being creative in groups and comparing results. All your jewelry is beautiful but I am rather smitten with those verdigris ceramic hearts - gorgeous!ReplyDelete
Wow - I love the varied colors obtained by the flame in those earrings! This is a perfect "make and take" project, sure to "whet the appetite" for aspiring artisans! All of your jewelry is fabulous-your wrapped peyote stitch bracelet - and necklace as well - is stunning! Seed beading boggles this non-seed-beaders mind...one of these days I will pick up the needle (I keep threatening!) I would have loved to have visited your studio in person!ReplyDelete
Thank you for sharing this experience with us!! This must have been fun!!ReplyDelete
Your work has always been an inspiration... you're so talented.ReplyDelete
How great that you did that with people on the tour. Makes everything so much more fun and gets them involved. Sure wish I could have been on that tour! And I second what Lori said!ReplyDelete
My heart always races when I see your peyote stich work...it is so beautiful, and then I want to do it again!ReplyDelete
Your class looks amazing, you are incredibly talented!
Happy New Year!
Oh I love that idea of using a Sharpie to bring out the texture, looking foreward to trying it. Thanks for sharing that! Looks like it was a fun time!ReplyDelete
Do you seal them after obtaining the patina you want? If so, what do you use?ReplyDelete
I seal them with Renaissance Wax which works well. You might also try a clear shoe polish wax as they seemed to be similar products.Delete
Wonderful post, really inspiring - I've linked to it on my January Jewelled Web post on my blog :)ReplyDelete
do you only use black sharpie or do colored sharpies make pretty colors on the copper?ReplyDelete
I have never used colored sharpies but I think they would work as the black sharpie hangs in there even after being tumbled. I have tried the Vintaj metal patinas with some success. Here is a YouYube link to see how to do it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB9BiY5jBW8Delete
Wonderful tutorial, I didn't know you could use heat after applying a sharpie. I must try this. Thank you so much for sharing this. All your work is stunning!!ReplyDelete
Hi, Can you tell me, after you patina to the colour you want do you place the copper disc in pickle to clean it up?ReplyDelete
Muchas gracias es un metodo sencillo ..pero se aprende...muchas gracias ...ReplyDelete