Etsy Metal Project Runway Challenge is back!
Episode 1: "The Judges Decide"
The Project Runway challenge: With one outfit, give the judges a glimpse of a hypothetical spring collection. Designers must choose from an assortment of 5 fabrics provided to them at the start of the challenge.
The EtsyMetal Translation: Pick how ever many of these 5 ingredients below to make a piece of jewelry!
I picked birds.
This bird necklace is inspired by the story of Demeter and Persephone from the book - Lost Goddesses of Early Greece - A Collection of Pre-hellenic Greek Myths by Charlene Spretnak.
I have just learned how to use decals with enamel and on the front I have added birds or parts of birds and on the back are the words - Leaves & Vines, Flowers & Grass, Grew into Fullness, Faded into Decay, Began Again.
Copper with torch-fired enamels.
Time for the Blog Carnival! What patinas do you use? Any favorite recipes?
Any disasters? Techniques & tips?
I do a lot of torch fired enameling. I like the colors you can get with enamels, but a lot of the time I think of enamels as a patina. Not trying to get a solid even color, but a color mixed in with metal, leaving a more weathered, aged look. The benefit of using enamels in this way is that the look is relatively permanent. I don't need to seal it in any way.
BUT one of my favorite things to do is experiment. AND patinas on metal just cry out to be experimented with. You also have to give way to complete control when experimenting with patinas. For me, part of the fun is seeing what happens when you mix it all up. (Also when experimenting with patinas, it is a good idea to be sure to wear the proper protective equipment – goggles, gloves, dust or fume masks, etc.)
I like to collect patinas. That means when I'm doing other processes like etching or pickling, I can't help but notice the reactions on the metal when I leave a piece out (for a long time - I'm a little sloppy!) after etching and noticing the natural patina it has. So I gather the materials that created that look and match them up in different ways. I have an old plastic muffin tin (is it still called a tin if it's made out of plastic?) and I'll put the bits I have left over or mix up some new combos. Later I'll add water and paint them on metal.