|before painting.. top row is mostly embossed metal, bottom row are 3 pairs of earrings cut out of copper and then textured with hammers and stamps.|
I have most of the tools and equipment required to actually enamel, except for a particle respirator. Now I know there are folks out there that happily enamel without using any mouth covering, and get along fine, but it's unsafe over the long term. I have Asthma and other breathing issues, so the last thing I want to do is compromise my breathing further with carelessness. (and I'm clumsy, I admit it freely. What some folks can get away with I'll trip and fall and eat the stuff by accident...) Besides if I buy one more product before I use all the stuff I have now to play with the hubby will kill me!! Heck, I will kill me! So Enameling is on the wish list and there it will stay at least for now. (though I just bought a great new book on it.... heheheh)
So I've been looking and playing with other methods of colorization. I'm very fond of heat patina, and I think it's my favorite with it comes to copper.
Vintaj just came out with a new series of patina paints made to bond specifically with metals. I bought them all and I've been experimenting. So far I really like them. It's fun to combine them the alcohol inks and I love the effects I'm getting using them really sparingly on my heat patina on copper.
I'm still playing, and probably will be for years. Life is good!
|I love the mix of aqua blue and a touch of purple!|
|This one is etched then I used onyx patina paint and then sanded down. Makes the cat face that my Niece Ame drew and I etched just jump out!|
|Patina paint, in the traditional "Verdigris" goes well with turquoise.|