Posted on | May 13, 2013 | 1 Comment
There’s a kind of rugged beauty in patinas and verdigris. Having grown up with an avid antique hunting Mother, I learned early on that a piece of jewelry was less valuable if patina or verdigris could be seen on it. So it cracks me up every time I decide to bust out the patinas, knowing full well that us crazy mixed media artists looooove to force a good patina any time we get the chance.
I just love mixing patinas with sweet girly images, sparkly crystals and of course rhinestones! It seemed a shame not to use a patina in this project, as I opted to texture the blanks with the lovely Gate Works texture plates. I find that when working with textures, it’s a must to add a patina, whether black, turquoise or rusty red, it help to bring out all the intricate design elements of an emboss or etched piece. And lets not forget that it’s just flat out pretty!
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Susan Lenart Kazmer™ for Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Frames One MB6-001
Gilders Paste: Patina
Ledger Paper & Transparencies
Chain & Earring Wires
Art Mechanique Mini Nuts & Bolts
Spellbinders® Artisan X-plorer™ Machine MM1-001
Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Texture Plates Grate Works MT1-003
Spellbinders® Media Mixáge™ Frames One Dies MD2-001
Sandblock or Sandpaper
Ball Peen Hammer & Bench Block
1) Grab two packs of Frames One blanks and remove all four of the little frames.
2) Take the two that look like mini frames and place on top of the Gate Works Two texture plate and appropriate shims/acrylic plates for the Artisan X-Plorer machine – go ahead and emboss these by running through the machine.
3) Following the instructions on the Gilders Paste, apply single or multiple colors to acheive desired patina & allow to dry. Once dry, sand off excess to preferred look
4) With the Artisan X-Plorer & Frames One Dies, die cut ledger and transparencies in the mini size. As you can see, I chose two different images that worked well together – it’s fun when things aren’t too matchy matchy.
5) Sandwich the ledger & transparencies between the embossed/patina’d frame and the back of the frame. With a sturdy metal hole punch, punch holes in all four corners.
6) With mini nuts & bolts or rivets, secure just the two bottom holes on each set – you are putting the nuts & bolts through the first metal frame, through transparency, through ledger and lastly out through the backside of the metal frame. This will secure all layers and give a nice clean look to you design.
7) Any excess bolt can be cut with sturdy wire cutters. And each bolt/rivet should be hammered down to a smooth finish.
8) With the two top holes, you will attach chain & earring wire.
~ Now you’re ready to wear your lovely patina’d earrings! Lexi Grenzer
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