For the beginner, the expert and everything in between, this book offers a spectacular variety of ways to add color to your jewelry and metal-formed creations. More than 300 patina recipes are provided with complete, step-by-step illustrated instructions on how to apply and protect them. Metals featured in the book include steel, stainless steel, copper, brass, bronze, silver and aluminum; all are arranged by metal type and color for easy reference.
Learn the various ways to alter the results you achieve, what can adversely affect your results and how to avoid these mistakes. You'll learn about surface preparation for the metal, chemical formulations of the patinas, how to apply the formulas to achieve the effects you want, and how to seal your patina. Methods include immersion, brush-on, spray-on, layering, hot and cold application as well as the use of masking and chemical resists. And last, but not least, safety concerns and precautions are reviewed and emphasized for preparation, application, general handling, storing and disposing of the coloring materials.