Playing with patinas

The magic of experimenting with wonderful verdigris shades on dark and rusty metals!

I’ve been playing around with patinas lately. I so often saw the most wonderful blue-green or then rather, ‘verdigris’, shades created on metals and I’ve tried all sorts of things – crystals, chemicals and just simple salt and vinegar or ammonia mixtures. Often forgetting about the experiments completely and then ended up with little bits of left-over copper or brass hidden between rotten tobacco leaves or moldy saw dust!

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VerdigrisDoubleCircles

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I actually gave up on this, but then decided to try the ‘test tube’ patinas. Still doesn’t feel like it’s the real thing and I do feel a little like I’m cheating, but, why bother with feeling guilty if the rest of the world uses it and if, yes, have to admit, I do like the results! And it is just soooooo easy!

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I had a little trouble finding these patinas here in Holland, but had luck at the friendly Scrap it and Wrap it webshop and ended up buying all stock they had left of the Ranger Vintaj Patina’s!

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3XPatina

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Oh, and I also got inspired by the patina experiments on the blog of Othel Lehto which I can enjoy thanks to the English explanations which are always added at the end of the blogs for us non-Finnish-speaking souls! I’m seriously thinking about trying the Gilder’s Pastes next!

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And then I found the patinas to go so very nicely with these pretty little ceramic drops I bought from Petra’s wonderful ScorchedEarthOnEtsy!!! The ceramic dangles are beautiful as they are and adding this bit of wire make them stand out even more!

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GreenScorchedEarthDropsAndPatina

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Another little experiment using brownish colors combined with coral and burnt wooden beads.

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But, have to go now! Lots of colors I haven’t tried yet! And then there are those Gilders Pastes which also look so very nice to play with……..

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‘Till next time!

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