Patina Technique


STEP-BY-STEP with Jana Ewy

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Finished jewelry done in the Patina technique


Friendly Plastic® 7" Designer sticks: Black
AMACO® Needle Tool
AMACO® Rub ‘n Buff: Gold
Alcohol Ink: Ginger
Griddle (set at 200-250 degrees)
Jewelry supplies and findings
Small bowl of ice water: for Cutters
Metallic Pens: Gold and Copper
Non-Stick Baking Sheet
Patina Solution
Paint Brushes
Texture Sheet

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Cut shapes from Friendly Plastic then place on griddle to soften

1. Cut out a variety of shapes from a stick of black Friendly Plastic®. Arrange the cut shapes on a baking sheet. Place the baking sheet onto the pre-heated griddle to soften the shapes.


Press the texture sheet into the softened Friendly Plastic

2. Remove the pan from the heat. Position and press the texture sheet onto the softened plastic pieces.


Allow plastic to cool before removing the texture sheet

3. Allow the plastic pieces to cool completely before removing the texture sheet.


Remove the texture sheet

4. Remove the texture sheet to reveal the impressed design.


Apply color with leafing pens

5. Place the textured pieces onto a work surface. A folded paper towel works great for this. Stipple the surface of each piece with both gold and copper leafing pens. Add a drop or two of ginger alcohol ink, and blend the colors together using a paint brush.

Note: The leafing pens and Adirondack inks are both alcohol based, allowing the two mediums to work beautifully together. You may want to try other color combinations of metallic pens and inks for even more amazing results.


Apply the rust aniquing solution

6. Apply the rust aniquing solution right away, before the metallic paint dries completely. I like to apply a liberal coat…and scrub it into the crevices with my paint brush.

You can apply several light coats until you are happy with the patina results. Allow the antiquing solution to dry completely.

Note: The metallic leafing pens contain enough metal that they react really well with most patina solutions. The silver works nicely with liver of sulfer.


Apply Rub n Buff

7. Accent the raised areas with a dab of Gold Rub ‘n Buff® applied with a make-up sponge. Let dry.


Gather your jewelry supplies for assembly

8. Gather all your tools and jewelry components together and begin to assemble your new Patina jewelry designs.


Some finished necklaces

9. There are so many design possiblities. Don’t just stop with a necklace. Try creating a bracelet or two as well.


Finished bracelets and neclace Finished necklace Finished bracelets

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