Coloring on Metal: Learn Easy Techniques for Creating Patinas on Metal

I love patina on metal jewelry (also sometimes referred to as “bloom”). When you look up “patina” in the dictionary, it refers to “something grown beautiful, especially with age or use,” and you’ll see synonyms like atmosphere, enticing, mystique, romance, spirit, and ambience. Wouldn’t it be great if someone described your jewelry that way?

Creating patinas on metal and wire jewelry is a perfect way to create emotion in something that might not have it otherwise. Jewelry with patina looks like something that has stood the test of time, something that might have been passed down through generations or dug up from an ancient society. But where to begin creating patinas on metal? There are so many techniques and products available, including homemade recipes as well as manufactured solutions–it can be overwhelming.

Coloring on Metal: Techniques for Easy, Beautiful Patina

Power Session with Gayle Bird
at your leisure during April 18-22

Let Gayle Bird help you navigate the wide world of creating patinas on metal in her online power session, Coloring on Metal: Techniques for Easy, Beautiful Patina. You’ll discover the fun of patina techniques as Gayle guides you through exercises that will help you create beautiful colors on a variety of metals, which you’ll view in a recorded presentation. Then you’ll be able to rely on Gayle for help for a week while you test her ideas and techniques, on your own time, at your own pace. She’ll be available to answer questions and offer advice as you apply patina to your metal components.

“The decision to work with chemicals sounds daunting, and with the wide range of caustic and expensive patina chemicals available, the easier, safer, and less expensive methods aren’t always highlighted,” Gayle says. You’ll learn about the safer, easier methods for creating patinas on metal in her online class, as well as:

  • how to seal patinas on metal to preserve them
  • which metals take natural patinas best
  • a homemade patina recipe using basics you have in the kitchen
  • how to use a variety of commercial patina solutions
  • how to achieve an aged look on jewelry, which can give it an air of importance and value

When creating metal and wire jewelry designs, a sure way to achieve a look of value and evoke emotion from potential buyers is by creating patinas on metal. If you feel there’s not enough spirit in your jewelry designs, patina might be the final little touch that they need! Join Gayle for Coloring on Metal: Techniques for Easy, Beautiful Patina and learn how to give your wire and metal jewelry designs extra feeling and appeal.

About the Instructor

Gayle Bird is an online education instructor and course developer, writing and teaching curriculum for adult learners in various design subjects. She taught herself jewelry design and became a juried member of the Cape Breton Centre for Craft and Design in Nova Scotia in 2007. Her jewelry is sold in stores across Nova Scotia. She published her first book, Freeform Wire Art Jewelry: Techniques for Designing with Wire, Beads & Gems, in the spring of 2015.

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