Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Dusky pearls and cinnabar

A 1 3/4 inch square of black cinnabar hangs from an 18 inch long beaded rosary style chain of black wire, teal glass pearls, and aurora borealis finished crystals. Black enameled toggle closure. I am able to extend the chain by up to 4 inches per buyer's request. Please notify me at the time of the order if this is desired.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Being Koi

(Sold this weekend at WisCon) I had this black agate carved koi fish for a while, but when I found these white and orange agate beads a few weeks ago, I knew that I had to combine them. Goldfishy-fiffic!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Copper patina (verdigris) recipe

Want to "age" copper to that great grey-green verdigris patina quickly? Here's a simple recipe:

-2 parts white vinegar
-1 1/2 parts non-detergent ammonia
-1/2 part non-iodized salt.

Clean your copper/remove any lacquer with steel wool and rinse thoroughly with water to remove any residue.

Mix the above ingredients together in a misting bottle.

Lightly, but thoroughly, spray the mixture onto the copper and allow it to dry 1 hour. Reapply to any areas that you may have missed. Allow to sit overnight to develop. Brush a bit to remove loose particles before sealing with clear spray lacquer. If you want a bit of the bright copper to show through, sand raised areas before sealing.

Adjusting the salt ratio in the mixture will affect the shade of the patina. More salt=more boldly green. Less salt= more greyish.

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One of the pieces that went off to WisCon.

In Greek mythology, Atropos was the oldest of the Three Fates (or Moirae), and was known as the "inflexible" or "inevitable." It was Atropos who chose the mechanism of death and ended the life of each mortal by cutting their thread with her "abhorred shears." She worked along with her two sisters, Clotho, who spun the thread, and Lachesis, who measured the length.

(Forgive the less-than-stellar photo quality. I just wanted to get a quick shot before the con, should the piece sell this weekend.)