I have played with patina, and played with patina, and played with patina. (so... you understand, I've played with patina, right?) :o) The problem is, I'm not very patient. I like to start a project, and finish it. (genetic gift from my wonderful Dad) OR, at the very least, start and finish a STEP in the process. If I sit down to make components from wire, I work until I run out of the wire at hand. If I start to hammer components, I hammer all I have filed and sanded. If I sit down to make a necklace, I do so. Earrings, I do so............. If I'm making clay beads, I make use of all the clay I have laid out in front of me........... and so on. Patina. That's a different story. You have to put patina on something and wait. .......... and wait............ and maybe put on some more..........and wait. I'm not so good at that. So I've tried many different kinds.
For my recent experiment, I had to wait. But it was a little different. I used "out of sight out of mind" on myself. :o) I read that you can make your own patina from water, salt and ammonia. OK. I gave it a shot. I didn't read the directions well, and had no ammonia, so I put some cut, sanded pieces of copper into a baggie of salt water. And put them out of sight. When I remembered and checked on them, the water was turquoise-ish blue, but the copper wasn't. OK. That didn't work. I went out and bought the ammonia. I re-read the directions (good advice for those of you who are impatient, like me..... directions are good!!!) OK. So, you are only supposed to "wet" the copper with water, pour salt on them, and put them in a sealed container with some ammonia. OK. I can do that............. then put it out of sight and forget about it.... again.
After about a month, this is what I found........
(That's the ammonia in the shot glass.) Isn't that a lovely blue???
So, I've discovered if I make enough components
that I can "hide" some away, I won't miss them. AND, they'll have time to develop. This was a pretty neat experiment for me, in more ways than one!!!!!!
Here is the rinsed, product. I still need to do some buffing, and sealing. But being a KY Wildcat fan, I think this shade of blue is just FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)