Rustic Wrappings: Exploring Patina in Wire, Metal, and Glass Jewelry
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Advance your technique skills when you learn how to use patinas to add rustic, weathered effects, create unique and natural-looking color combinations, and use metal wire to embroider designs on metal jewelry pieces. Beginners will benefit from detailed technique instruction, while skilled designers will enjoy the introduction to more advanced techniques.
With tons of information on customizing effects for unique metal finishes, Rustic Wrappings will teach you to re-imagine your wirework jewelry projects and create fresh designs that showcase your new skill sets.
choose for this patina is important as some can dilute the color, change it, or make it disappear completely. 1 Pour about ½" (1.3 cm) of ammonia into a small open container and place it inside a larger resealable container. Lay a piece of plastic mesh on top of the inner container. 2 Lay your metal components on the mesh and then spritz with salt water. 3 Close the lid tightly and allow patina to develop. The amount of time the patina is allowed to develop will greatly change the finished
longer you leave the metal under the surface of the chips, the more green will grow. Samples show metal left for 1 hour versus leaving it overnight. 5 Remove metal from the chip mixture and allow it to air-dry. When dry, you can use a soft bristled brush to remove any chips still stuck to the surface. Discard the chip mixture after the first use. 6 Seal this patina with Permalac. good to know Commercial patinas are becoming more and more readily available in the metal marketplace. These are
with chain-nose pliers and wrap one wire around the other as before (Figure 5). Trim excess wire to 2" (5 cm) and use the round-nose pliers to form a closed spiral. This will act as the hook of your clasp (Figure 6). fig. 5 fig. 6 8 Trim the remaining length of the steel wire to 2" (5 cm) and form a second closed spiral. (Figure 7) fig. 7 9 Form the bangle around a bracelet mandrel to achieve the oval shape for your wrist. The spiral hook should easily slip into the U of the coil
the brass from the bag and lightly polish. Set aside. 13 Once the rust patina has formed on the steel components, remove them from the patina solution and allow to dry. 14 When all the pieces of the components are dry, lightly seal the steel with a layer of sealant. 15 Very carefully open the simple loop of the dangle component, just enough to slip it onto the wrapped loop of an ear wire and close the loop. Repeat for the second earring. (Figure 3) fig. 3 A NOTE ON COLOR This is one of
and wrap one wire around the other as you would to close a wrapped loop (Figure 2). Trim the excess wrapped wire. fig. 2 4 Trim the remaining length of wire to about ⅝" (1.5 cm) and use round-nose pliers to form a simple loop. (Figure 3) fig. 3 5 Repeat Steps 2-4 for the second earring. 6 Place the earring components in a liver of sulfur solution until the copper blackens (see page 26). This should take less than 1 minute. 7 Remove the components from the LOS and very lightly