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Showing posts with label hand-tinted metal. Show all posts
Showing posts with label hand-tinted metal. Show all posts

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Embossed Metal Colorized Bracelet

Embossed, formed, riveted, dimpled metal bracelet made by me in class.





Last weekend, I attended a metal bracelet class taught by Dry Gulch Jewelry at the Tulsa Bead Market.  I have been collecting various metalsmithing tools and supplies over the past couple of years with the intent of teaching myself metalsmithing; unfortunately, time, other jewelry projects and life, in general, took precedence.  When I saw the Dry Gulch class advertised, I knew I had to attend.

The class was taught by a wonderful woman name Catherine.  I have met Catherine and the folks at Dry Gulch Jewelry previously at other craft and bead shows.  The owners consist of three generations of jewelry makers within their family. They are super-nice people, and very helpful.  I can honestly say I have purchased many jewelry making tools and supplies from them during the various shows I have attended.

During class, we had the option of making one of three advertised metal bracelet jewelry designs (as shown below) or we could make something different to suit our own individual tastes.  The first bracelet consisted of metals colored with metal patina paint and sanded to reveal the embossed pattern; the second featured uncolored pieces of copper, nickle and brass; the third consisted of metal pieces painted with acrylic paints.

Three versions of the metal bracelet using the same technique.
I always enjoy coloring my jewelry pieces, as I have shared here, here and here in the past.  For this project, I opted to colorize my pieces with alcohol inks.  As you can see by the before and after pics of my bracelet pieces below, coloring makes a huge difference in how the pieces look.

Before - Copper and silver metal bracelet pieces before colorizing.

After - The same metal pieces after coloring them with Vintaj Patina metal paints.

After sanding the pieces, the embossed patterns were revealed, which added extra interest to them.  The sanding really made the pieces "pop."

The focal bracelet pieces after sanding.
Another thing I did to add extra interest to my bracelet was that I added a tiny bit of color to the insides and edges of my "flowers", which consisted of metal discs that were domed, dimpled with dimpling pliers and hole-punched.

Touches of color were added to the "flowers" for added interest.
Needless to say, I was thrilled with my completed bracelet.  It turned out beautifully!

My completed metal bracelet. 

Here is a comparison of my bracelet and another student's bracelet.  Both were made using the Patina metal paints, but they are so very different color-wise.

Bracelets made using Patina metal paints.

Another student opted to leave her bracelet as is, with the natural metal colors being the highlight of the design.

Bracelet using the natural metal colors as a basis for the design.

All in all, I really enjoyed the class and I am looking forward to using some of my newfound skills to come up with some new jewelry items made with metal.  I will share my designs here and also on my Instagram page, so please stay tuned.

My completed bracelet.






Sunday, December 6, 2015

Hand-Painted Filigree Necklaces

I have shared my love of hand-tinting and hand-painting metal pieces for jewelry on past blog posts.  I recently had the chance to play with coloring metal jewelry components again.  This time, I took various-sized round filigree stampings, hand-painted each one and fashioned them into necklaces and earrings. Some of the filigree pieces were further embellished with metal stampings (which I also hand-colored); mini aluminum roses or mini crosses.


Here are some of my latest designs:


Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Necklace.  I colored the filigree pieces with mint, white and aqua blue colored acrylic paints.  After base painting the pieces, I dabbed over each with a sponge that was dipped into complementary paint colors.  Once the paint dried, I sealed the filigree pieces with a polyurethane sealant. 






Saint Rose of Lima necklace.  This one was a lot of fun to make.  Since St. Rose is usually pictured with roses, I thought it would be nice to give her necklace a shabby chic look.  To achieve this, I used a base color of white paint on the filigree pieces, then sponged over each with green and medium pink paint colors.  Little pink aluminum roses adhered to the filigree pieces add extra interest to the overall design of the piece.




Our Lady of Guadalupe necklace and earrings set.  Once again, I tried to complement the colors from the image along with the colors used on the filigree pieces.  I used a rich shade of metallic copper, along with bluish-green and rusty brown paints as highlight colors.  Please note the roses along the bottom edge of the pendant utilize the same colors to bring everything into one cohesive design.






I should note that on all of the jewelry pieces shown here, I started off with plain silver-colored filigree pieces.  Once the pieces are painted, no one can tell what the original color was.

All of these pieces (and more) have been posted in my Etsy and EBay shops.  These are all one of a kind pieces and will not be duplicated.

Stay tuned for more new designs to be shared here later in the week.  And - as always - please be sure to join me on Instagram where I often show pictures of my work in process. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

New Bronze Mixed Media Necklace Creations


I'm happy to tell you that after the whirlwind of the holiday season and everything which surrounds it, I am finally back to posting my new jewelry creations on EBay and Etsy.  The ones I am sharing here have the same basic format - bronze bezels, chain, crosses and crystals - but all feature different images based on some of the more popular saint requests I receive on a regular basis.  As always, no two designs are exactly alike.  The necklace featuring St. Therese of Lisieux - the Little Flower - was made with metal rose beads that I hand-tinted red to match the crystals.


St. Therese of Lisieux Mixed Media Necklace

St. Therese of Lisieux Mixed Media Necklace

St. Therese of Lisieux  Necklace - Detail

St. Agatha Necklace - Breast Cancer Patron

St. Kateri Tekakwitha necklace - I love the milky blue crystals on this!

St. Kateri Tekakwitha necklace

St. Kateri Tekakwitha necklace

St. Agnes necklace

St. Mary Magdalen necklace

St. Clare of Assisi Mixed Media Necklace

St. Elizabeth of Hungary necklace

Virgin Mary Mixed Media Necklace

Necklace detail - I love the milky green crystals on this - it really complements the picture!

Virgin Mary Mixed Media Necklace - one of my favorites



Stay tuned - more designs will be posted soon!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

How to Colorize Metal Jewelry - Bracelet Tutorial

A few days ago, I promised that I would share one of my methods for colorizing metal jewelry components.  This is extremely easy to do and much less expensive than enameling.  Personally, I love the rich, expensive look that colorizing gives to plain metal components.  The sky is the limit with this technique - and I promise you - this will be the beginning of many colorized pieces you will make for your own projects.  It really is that much fun and an added plus is the results come together fairly quickly.


 

Instructions:

Cover your work surface.  For just about all of my projects, I use wax paper to cover my table.  It's cheap and a roll lasts a long, long time.  Since I craft just about every day, that says a lot. :)

Select your component.  I used one similar to the one pictured below:


Ideally, you will colorize you metal before you attach any embellishments to it.  However, I had already attached my cabochon of the Virgin Mary to my component before I decided to colorize it.


I knew that I wanted to use colors that complemented my portrait, and I wanted them to be metallic.  I didn't have any metallic red colors that suited me, so I made my own using Ceramcoat Acrylic Metallic Gold paint and Pearl-Ex Russet Red powder.


Squeeze a drop of paint onto the work surface.  Use a dry brush and scoop a small mound of Pearl-Ex onto the drop of paint.  (Use more or less depending on the look you want.  I wanted a deeper, richer color, so I added powder and mixed until I achieved the results I wanted.)


 This is what my paint looked like after I achieved the desired color:


Use the paintbrush to add details to your component.  I used red on my flowers:


and Dark Patina green on my leaves and stems.




  (I used DecoArt Dazzling Metallics for the green color.)   Let the paint dry.  Not shown:  To ensure your painted piece will not flake, lightly brush the colored areas with clear nail polish and let it dry for at least an hour.

I still wanted more depth to my bracelet, so I attached flat-backed Swarovski crystals to the center of each flower.  I used G S Hypo-cement glue because it has a fast-grab, a precision applicator and it's virtually waterproof; I applied the crystals with tweezers.


Here is the finished component:


Now you can complete your bracelet.  I attached a simple heavy bronze chain and lobster clasp to my bracelet, as I wanted it to be adjustable.



Please feel free to email me with pictures of your designs.  I'd love to see what you make with this technique!

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