Presented by Christi Friesen, Award-Winning Artist, Author and Educator,
Instructions by Ian, Content Development Group, Exclusively for Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®
Follow along with award-winning artist Christi Friesen to learn how to apply Swellegant!™ metal coatings, patinas and dye-oxides to polymer clay, wood, metal and other jewelry findings for unique, handmade jewelry.
To give a metal component a rusted look, pour Swellegant! patina into a small container until it is approximately 1/2 inch filled. Place one metal component into the container and let it sit for 15 minutes. Remove the component from the container and place it on a paper towel to dry. Lightly sand the surface of the component to reveal the metal beneath if you would like more base metal to show.
Vinyl gloves recommended
Patinas will turn silver dark, copper and bronze green and iron into rust
To change the color of a metal component, pour equal amounts of Swellegant! dye-oxide and Swellegant! clear sealant into a small container until it is approximately 1/2 inch filled. Place one metal component into the container. If you would like a light color effect, remove the component after several minutes. If you would like a dark color effect, remove the component after several hours. When the component is removed from the container, place it on a paper towel to dry. Lightly sand the surface of the component to reveal the metal beneath if you would like more base metal to show.
For more control over the placement of rust and dye, an artist brush can be used to apply a more precise touch to the component. However, because the component is not soaking in the patina or dye, several layers will be needed to give the same amount of rust and color. For components with a finish, additional layers are needed to soak through the finish and into the metal.
Leather and Wood
Paint the surface of the leather or wood component with Swellegant! metal coating. Build up the component with two or three coats. Patina can then be brushed onto the surface of the metal coated component to give a rusted look.
To remove unwanted dye and patina, place a small amount of metal coating on a porous piece of paper. Mix the coating around to remove excess moisture and give a paste like texture then dab over any unwanted dye or patina.
Note: It is recommended to use dye-oxide rather than metal coating for components that experience a lot of wear and tear, such as chain and clasps, as it is likely the metal coating will flake and peel off with strenuous use
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