Wednesday, 6 June 2012

How to create beautiful patina on metal

How to create beautiful patina on metal

If you want to add a new dimension to your metal designs, then creating a patina on metal is the thing for you. Not only can you create some truly beautiful effects but you can have great fun experimenting too! There are so many options for creating patina on metal that it's often hard to know where to start, so we thought we'd give you some of our ideas and inspiration.
Liver of sulphur experimentA Kernowcraft favourite...Liver of Sulphur!

Liver of sulphur experiment Our favourite product for creating patina on metal is liver of sulphur. This fantastic product allows you to create beautiful effects on copper, brass, silver and some plated metals. All you need to do to get started is add a few drops to a cup of warm water. There are then two options, either paint the mixture on to the specific area or as we did here just dip your item in the mixture. The effects you can create vary from beautiful, vibrant pinks and blues to a dark antique effect. It all depends on the strength of your solution and how long you leave your metal in the mixture. If you're just starting out why not have a go gradually building up a patina, that way you'll be able to see all the possibilities. Liver of sulphur is especially popular with our customers who want to create a dark antique effect on items, this darkening of the metal really helps to highlight textures and shapes in your designs. You can even polish the effect off certain areas and leave on others to further create a feeling of texture.
Liver of sulphur experiment It's worth remembering that using liver of sulphur, despite the scary name, really isn't very scary. It's best to wear gloves when dipping your items just to be on the safe side but apart from the eggy smell this liquid is really safe, and you don't have to worry about ruining your piece as the effects you create can be polished off if you don't like them!
Liver of sulphur is only £3.00 for a bottle, as you only use a few drops at a time that bottle will last you for many experiments!

Already tried liver of sulphur? Then take the next step!

LOS Before & After
Liver of sulphur experiment If you've already had a go using liver of sulphur, we're sure you'll find creating patina as addictive as we did and you'll be wanting to find out more. We were completely inspired by our latest DVD 'Patina Basics' by Tim McCreight. This brilliant DVD really takes away the mysteries behind creating patina, using really simple recipes to create absolutely stunning patterns on metal. Tim uses household items that you really wouldn't expect to create gorgeous patina, whether he's using mustard (yes, mustard!), a sharpie pen or household ammonia he really takes the scariness out of creating patina on metal. We couldn't help but get our mustard out when we got home and start creating all sorts of patterns! The great thing we found about the DVD is that you are able to see how exactly things are mixed, it really brings the method to life, we loved being able to see exactly what was done as it made it so easy to follow, and there are even printable PDF's of the recipes used for you to print out and reference when you're at your work bench.
Patina Basics by Tim McCreight is £27.95.

The 'all knowing' book!
Accent gold necklace There are just so many possibilites with patina that we think you could try for years and years and still discover new methods all the time! However if you want a reference book to give you some beautiful inspiration on patina, texturing and other decorative effects then 'The Jewellers Directory of Decorative Finishes' is THE book to have. This fabulous book is filled with not only just brilliant patina ideas but other great ways to bring a new dimension to your work, from reticulation to granulation and using gold and silver foil. We constantly use this book as a reference in our workshop and it's always picked up by inspired customers in our shop. Take a look today and continue to grow your silversmiting skills!
3rd May 2012

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