How to Create Blue Patina on Copper

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How do you create patina on copper? I am talking about the natural way, without harsh chemicals or fake paints. You may have seen natural patina on statues and other copper elements that are exposed to the elements outdoors.  You can accelerate this natural reaction by exposing copper to fumes of ammonia and salt or […]

How to Flame Paint Durable Colors on Copper

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Basics of Flame Painting Copper Feel free to skip this section if you remember all the basics. Copper flame painting can be done with just a small butane torch (kitchen torch) or with a fancier jeweler’s torch. You can also flame paint bronze in a similar fashion. use clean copper with scratches buffed/sanded out don’t […]

How to Cut Gemstones with Dremel

Cutting gemstones with Dremel using Diamond blade

Ever wanted to try if you can cut gemstones with a Dremel? It’s actually easier than you would think. Depending on the hardness of your gemstone it can take a while, but you don’t have to invest in expensive lapidary equipment. You probably won’t want to do this all the time, but when you have […]

Copper and Fused Silver Wire Ring Tutorial

copper and silver ring tutorial

Make a rustic copper wire ring with fused Sterling Silver enhancement. This ring will always end up different depending on how the silver melts onto the copper. And no soldering required! Easy to make and copper wire is cheap to practice with even if you are not a master jewelry maker. WHAT YOU NEED Copper […]

What is the Best Ear Wire Material?

what is the best ear wire material

The question of ear wires commonly comes up in my craft shows or online. There is a lot of information out there and some of it not accurate – you have many options when it comes to choosing ear wire material. And, surprisingly many of them will work for most people, contradictory to many articles […]

5 Ways to Clean Copper Naturally

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Copper is a great pure metal, you can do so much with it! It will tarnish though if left in its natural state. It might even grow patina, if you leave it in a moist environment with high humidity. Hey, it turned green like the Statue of Liberty! These are also some of the most […]

Color Trends 2018

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Spring 2018 Color Palette The Spring 2018 palette encourages a sense of fun and playful release. With an air of complexity and distinctiveness, it has a feel of a sanctuary of color that is ideal for some more unique and dramatic color mixing. A lovely blue color “Little Boy Blue” makes you see the sky […]

How To Choose The Best Earrings For Your Face Shape

how to choose the best earring shape

You are created with unique and different features. This is what makes you a very special person in this great world.  There are a variety of face shapes and each one can be complemented with different accessories and wardrobes. You probably already know that earrings are truly an excellent way to complement any wardrobe. However, […]

How to Flame Paint Copper

flame painting copper tutorial

Flame painting copper is a real art form, but you can get nice results even as a beginner. It is a great way to create something beautiful in a very short time and get a feeling of accomplishment.  Clean Your Copper Start your experiment with clean copper. You will get better color results on “new” […]

How to Cut Copper Sheet with Simple Tools

how to cut copper sheet

Cutting your own copper shapes can be easier than you think. For higher gauges (meaning thinner copper) you can easily do it with standard hardware store metal snips. They look like big scissors and work the same way. For thicker copper sheet you would want to use a jewelry saw, it’s a bit slower, but […]