Mixed-Media Jewelry Making Video Tutorial: Easy Altered Metal

I just found this great video tutorial about altering metal on our sister site, Cloth Paper Scissors, by CPS Editor Jenn Mason. There are so many finishes to be achieved on metal, beyond the one that likely comes to mind first–patinas created by products like liver of sulfur. How about sanding metal to add unique textures, painting it to expand your metal stash from standard metallic colors to an endless variety of colors, and using ink to add color, texture, personalization, and more? Read on to see how Jenn alters metal and see how many ideas you get for altering the metal elements and embellishments in your jewelry designs. – Tammy

I love interesting metal but I don’t necessarily like new and shiny, or for that matter, new and dull. Sometimes I want it scratchy, other times I want it to be another color. Today, I thought I’d share a video tutorial for altering your metal doo-dads. In this video I’m altering Arte Metal from Vintaj® using Adirondack® Inks from the Nature Walk collection.


In just three easy steps I’ll show you how to take a purchased metal embellishment and customize it to work with any piece of art.

Altering your Metal

Step 1. Sand your metal.

Step 2. Paint your metal.

Step 3. Ink your metal.

Sounds way too easy, doesn’t it? Just watch the video on the left and you’ll see how simple it really is. You can use this basic technique to alter other purchased items made from plastic, wood, and of course metal. I also enjoy altering small found objects like washers, knobs, and other little goodies. Just remember to protect your work surface and have all your supplies handy. You might also like to keep a couple different grits of sandpaper. A finer grit will give you and all-over sanded surface while a coarser grit will give you deeper grooves and scratches.

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