Faux Vintage Earrings

today we’re talking about vintage and take a look at all these brass stamping they’re not vintage yet but I’m here with Mark Nelson and mark you’re gonna show us how to do this oh yeah they’re going to be vintage right a couple minutes how do we do it you want to use a process called patination working with patinas to kind of bring out the old look yeah and I just we talked about patinas before and I just want to kind of go more deeper into that and see how they were beyond liver of sulfur yeah there’s a lot more options than liver of sulfur for sure let’s see what you have okay eyes on the board we have a couple different samples of different patinas this one right here was done actually with two different forms of liver sulfur okay so you have the raw one there and then this is the raw one and then we have one done with the chunk the old fashioned a lower sulfur and then we have the gel okay so before we go farther with these we need to clean these up right before you add any patina right before you add any patina you definitely have to make sure the metal surface is clean or else that won’t take it all okay the two best ways to do that are with a powdered detergent or a powder that’s made actually clean the surface of metal you want to scrub it make sure it’s very very clean all right so you use some kind of abrasive cleaner do you clean it with soap and water also you can it’s not as effective you want that powder to be give it the surface a little bit of tooth to hold on to those chemicals and allow them to react with the metal okay and then there are other options for changing the color there are and we started off with liver of sulfur there again showing that not all liver of sulfur is the same in X differently and then we have a different patina for copper and brass particularly and you can see that they’ll give different shades on different pieces of brass it’s beautiful too it really gives it an aged look and you could probably buff some highlights if you wanted to definitely could strike it with highlights and that’s kind of showing you know what all brass isn’t the same you know one piece might take different Bettina then right if you did want to buff it what would you recommend using I usually start with if you do a matte finish a scotch-brite cloth or pretty much anything okay so and then over here we have a different recipe like brown to black for brass and copper and you can see there’s a gradation there and on the very end here we have a green patina now the thing about the green patina is it’s not one of those Duncan instant satisfaction things it might take a couple days or even a week for it to get this nice green so when you’re saying that you’re using a green patina that’s a solution that’s pre-mixed it’s a pre-mixed solution usually has salt and ammonia in there and it’s the combination of those two things reacting with the surface and you’d have to let that sit on the surface may be a gain so food take a look at all these samples here these are different examples of the different types of solutions of Mateen –is that you could add to the surface right and this one looks like you dipped it part of the way exactly right and I mean they’re at the very end there’s a different type of solution it’s a combination of ammonium chloride and another element it looks really pretty when it’s been a very what are the safety precautions around these definitely wear gloves okay because some of these and the liver of sulfur particularly will stain your fingers and the chemicals aren’t horrible but you don’t want them on your hands and safety glasses too definitely a good splashing probably ventilation also right right alright and when you’re done what you want to do is you want to seal it okay because all patinas want to go to a certain part and if you left these like that Dave’s might just keep on going and so you want to actually stop that process right and there you can use a lacquer far away so what are you showing us over here I’m gonna show you what not to do okay all right I know I’m not finally an expert at showing you what to do now this is an oxidizer it’s made for silver okay and this is a piece of brass and if we dunk it in there you get this beautiful black it is really pretty so we go to rinse it and you can see it’ll just wipe right off because it’s made for silver and it’s made for civil the chemicals in this do not oxidize brass so you want to be sure that the oxidation method you choose relates to the type of metal you’re using exactly alright and there are lots of books and all kinds of educational around this there really is and it and you should take a little time read the books and you can some of these recipes you can make it home oh great well let’s take a look at these earrings we whip these up right before our segment to show that this is an oxidant these are oxidized right and then we also combine them with artbeads just a quick little earring project there and will have the instructions for the earrings and these patinas online thank you so much mark thank you and finally when we come back Beth craft will show us how to use a favorite art bead

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