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Patina Happiness

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copper patina

Copper pieces getting happy patina

Patinating copper with all natural ingredients is such a satisfying experience. You don’t need chemicals, your general household ingredients will suffice. No need to wear gloves, respirators, dust masks, goggles, all that scary stuff! Take you vinegar and salt and make a happy stew, that’s all you need.

You do need clean copper, you can use dish soap, lemon juice, baking soda, etc. No happy patina will take on dirty copper. I use glass jars to hang my pieces to patinate. (Use wire or something like that.) I soak my pieces in the vinegar salt mixture and also sprinkle some salt directly on the piece. With experimenting you will find what will work best for you. You can also soak a paper towel in the mixture and put that on the bottom of the container. I cover mine with plastic wrap.

Then just watch and admire the wonderful color! Love the blue green when it starts developing. I’ve recently gotten such nice feedback on my copper patina pieces, there is something about the “all natural” funky patina that appeals to people. Yes, it does take time – after you get your patina you need to let it rest for a couple of days and dry out. Wash the pieces gently and let them dry well. Then you need to coat them with something that seals in the patina – wax, or some type of clear coat.

Not to forget that copper has health benefits, so go play!

A nice tutorial on all natural patina:
http://jewelrymakingjournal.com/vinegar-and-salt-patina/

patinating copper will vinegar

Copper pieces cleaned and ready for patina.

copper patina

Patina getting happy and drying.

evadesigns copper jewelry pieces

Some of my pieces with all natural patina.

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Author: evadesignseditor

Blue Finn Studio (previously Evä Designs) is my creative studio where I design jewelry and other accessories. I am now back living in Philadelphia after several years finding inspirations at coastal Maine. Please visit my website at www.evadesigns.us!

2 thoughts on “Patina Happiness

  1. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Yes, copper is a wonderful metal isn’t it? Great examples. The blue patina really works well on your fold formed earrings.
    I look forward to seeing more of your experiments.

  2. Thanks! I was so surprised when I started making the patina how much people like it. There must be some type of real natural feel people connect with. I do folds now with a few different shapes of the earrings, it adds a fun dimension.

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