I've placed a few orders in August and so when I got back I had 3 new things to work on:
(1) a gorgeous package from Natalie McKenna of Grubbi - withe the most wonderful sets of ceramic beads I've ever owned!
(2) an equally gorgeous package from Cynthia Machata of Antiquity Travels with a surprise you'll be able to see mid-October
(3) my sample packs from Lisa Liddy of Metal Me This! (Color Me This!) - with 12 patina bottles. Not one, not two, but twelve!
Since I can't use all at the same time (although I wish to take a few days and do nothing but create), I started with the patina - I have a small project to finish by tomorrow and it came in handy.
This is how it started:
... first a bunch of Vintaj blanks from Hobby Lobby:
... together with Lisa's patina they became... a colourful mess on the table:
... we patiently waited for the 1st layer to dry out and applied a 2nd layer:
... just in case you wonder what's what - we have a picture for that too:
... we waited (impatiently this time) for the 2nd layer to dry out... buffed them nicely... and...
Look at that!! I was happy with them before buffing, but after - completely and profoundly in love!
They'll become simple necklaces later today, I'll post those pictures as soon as I get them :)
- Read instructions *before* starting work, it'll save you some time (and energy) later :)
- On brass darker colours will actually work better (since the buffed metal will be bright yellow-gold)
- Experiment with gusto, and if you don't like the result - just cover it with a new layer :) [can you figure out which of the components was the experimental one?!]
How was the experience?! Awesome! I love the versatility and beauty of the patina in contrast to the shiny brass. I also love the embossing part - while I also like etching (and I will be first to agree you have more choices in there... from fancy stamps to simply using a marker :) ), it wouldn't have been possible to etch all these components in the time frame I had to work with.
What are the next steps? I need to seal the components, add a charm or two and figure out a quick way to add the neck-piece, they must be in their boxes by tomorrow morning... and they will!