You might remember those bronze Uncial hoops that I did last week, experimenting with a traditional verdigris patina. Well here is the finished product! Sanded back to mostly bare metal, then sealed.
I really love them. I love the way that the green patina settled into the crevices of the wire wrapping and how it looks with the darker liver of sulfur patina underneath. They look exactly like really old, weathered bronze. Like maybe something buried with a fabulous queen out of antiquity, unearthed centuries later. Only, without the whole dubious, grave robbing, undead, cursed, stigma thing that comes with unearthing fabulous things out of tombs. No ticked off mummies here, no sirree bob! I call that a win, don’t you?
They’re up on Etsy now, just waiting to go to a new home. I believe I mentioned, mummy not included, right? Just so’s we’re clear.
On Saturday, I played around with a few more blanks and inks and experimented with layering them under some Gilder’s Paste, and micaceous iron oxide. And I got some interesting results.
I haven’t done anything like these center-punched, layered discs before. I know folks do it all the time but it’s fairly new to me, so I had not looked up any tutorials on cold connection or how to put it all together. You can see where I attached them, thinking to hang them from the center loops. It really didn’t pan out – they didn’t hang right at all. I had to punch the tops to get them to hang correctly for earrings.
The center loop method will work nicely for a button closure though – this one is destined to be half of a bracelet clasp.
The most interesting technique I found in my explorations this weekend was using Prismacolor pencils on copper. I really love the work of Deb Karash and there are some tutorials on the web that give you some insight into the process. I can’t wait to give that some serious attention. But before that happens, I need to get a respirator. My studio is NOT that well ventilated. Probably I should’ve done that first, but… well. Sometimes I run with scissors, too. This stuff makes for stinky, toxic fumes that can make you really sick. A proper respirator mask and a dedicated toaster oven (so I am not using our food oven for this stuff) are on my “BUY IT NOW” shopping list. I won’t be heating up any more inks and waxes till I do.
Looking forward to a really busy few weeks ahead. The Cap is heading down to LA for work soon, with a brief detour for the Great-Alpaca-Shearing taking place on my Aunt’s ranch next week. Really hoping he doesn’t get his ass kicked by an irate llama. I’ll keep you posted on that one. Hilarity may ensue. Hoping my Aunt remembers to charge her camera.