Thursday, 3 April 2014

Crescent moon blue patina copper earrings

This is my first finished project using blue patina ...I was really surprised how blue they really turned out!!

As I said this is my first time using the blue patina .The shop I buy my supplies from gave me 2 bottles one to clean the copper and one to turn it blue ... first of all I cut out the crescent moon shapes out of copper  sheet metal then I hammered them to  give some texture ... Now to try out my new patina solutions SAFETY FIRST  gloves on mask on !!
 I used the cleaning one first (there is no info on the bottles so I don't know the make or exactly what's in them Google blue patina I'm sure you will find plenty of makes  )
I left it in the solution for a couple of mins then removed and rinsed it ... I only wanted one side to become blue so I used a small brush to apply the  second solution that gives it the blue colour  ,I left it on for a about 2-3 mins  then took it out of the dish and placed it on tissue paper top side up  ...Now the fun thing with this patina is it doesn't go blue straight away , you have to wait as it dries and mixes with the oxygen in the air it slowly starts to change  first it seemed like a light green then slowly turned into this amazing blue colour .... the minute you are happy with the colour you have to seal it to stop  it changing and losing its lovely colour .... I would think protectaclear  would be the ideal  sealant for this kind of project ... It has to be something that is ok to touch your skin ...
    To set these earrings off  I've  added some lovely czech glass seed beads ,blue crystal beads and some copper daisy spacers ..

You can find these earrings in my etsy shop in the link below ..Thank you  for taking a minute to  read my blog  ♥
                                 Crescent moon blue patina earrings