Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Still busy!

Well, the chaos continues, but honestly, that's not unusual!  Seems to be my modus operandi, actually :)  That's fine, I'll get used to it one day! 


Anyway, I did a little bit of playing while I was home with the kids yesterday (Tuesdays are my day off from my "real job" so that I can stay home with the rug rats).  I've been eyeing all of the loverly patina'ed offerings found on Etsy and the web.  Shops like missficklemedia and speakingyourtruth and paintingwithfire....they're all just loverly.  So I decided to see what I could do, just as an experiment.  What do you think? 

Starting off:
Finished product:
Close up:
I think it's pretty cool, anyway!  I'll probably use this pendant in a necklace.

The pendant is copper sheet metal that has been hammered for strength and texture.  The finish was created using a prepackaged patina'ing solution, by "Sophisticated Finishes".  This one is the Patina Blue.  I do like it, and will most likely use it again!  I've read that you do have to protect the finish on the metal, so I'll have to find a sealer for it.  I might, actually, have something at home already - it's just a matter of checking in my fine art supplies to see what it is I have! 

Other than that, I've also been busy working on some new earwires. Earlier on I'd mentioned that I'd fired up the torch with the intention of trying to make some ball pins to use as earwires.  Here's what the first attempt looked like:
This was straight out of the fire, essentially. 

These were not pickled yet because I was trying to find directions for a home-brew of pickle.  After some searching and querying people on my Facebook fan page I came upon a solution of mixing 1 cup of white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of salt.  Cool.  Only question now was how should I heat up the pickle?  Typically pickle solutions are heated in a baby slow cooker or some such.  I didn't have one though, so was wondering if I could heat it up in the microwave instead, since I wasn't going to be doing huge amounts of pickling.  Turns out you can!  Thanks to a great tutorial on Chelsey Mona's blog, I decided to go ahead and try it.  And hey, what do you know, works great!  See?

Honestly, these are the same earwires as above! 
A little pickle, a little elbow grease with steel wool and my brass brush, and they're gorgeous!
So now I've got 9 pair of sterling earwires and 8 balled headpins to use....yay!  




1 comment:

Melissa Meman said...

oooh, I love that patina'd copper! Would love to know how to do that :) I just learned the vinegar and salt thing as well...it works wonders!

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog, by the way :)

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