Tuesday, July 19, 2011

blue patina necklace

This is a necklace I created some months ago as a submission for a book on use of patina in jewelry.  They only wanted images and I haven't heard anything back from the book company yet so I am thinking it is safe to sell!  I created this beginning with a flat piece of copper, cutting it out into two circle shapes of same size using a jeweler's saw.  I stamped the pieces with a bird and a moon/star.  Then I domed the copper pieces into two rather organic shapes- meaning they were not meant to be perfect and were a tad crinkled on the edges.  Lightly tapping around the perimeter of the domes while held together with the fingers melds them into each other for a perfect fit, mirrored crinkles and all.

Super stinky ammonia is the simple ingredient that produces this pretty intense blue.  Easy as pie.  Lots of info about using it for metal patina online.  I intended to spray a clear glossy coat to seal this but I still haven't done it and months later the color is still true.  I'll probably spray several coats on before I place it at its next stop-- my etsy shop.

Sterling silver chain, a hand stamped silver round (with the patina and stamped textures I love...) and some pretty apatite and gemstone citrine teardrop complete the piece.  Look for it later tomorrow http://jenniferstumpf.etsy.com.

Where Mango can be found every single morning from about 7 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.  Don't tell but I keep the window open for him in this intense heat, and run the AC full blast, just because I love him so much and he loves the window open.  Shhhh....


lines n shades said...

wonderful blog...glad to have stopped by :)

Malin de Koning said...

I see - ammonia. Better look it up then.
Thanks for sharing!

boniusia said...

wonderful necklace ... dream ... a lovely cat sleeps...

Lisa Leggett said...

Hi Jennifer,
Thanks for stopping by my blog, and and for your sweet compliments on my embroidery! I'm really enjoying visiting yours too, your jewelry is so pretty, and I LOVE the kitty pictures!
Have a wonderful weekend!

p.s. Your background is divine!! I love these paintings, I have two by the same arrtist hanging in my house!