Flame Painting Rainbows I'm also a big fan of the beauty of raku-like rainbow colors that can appear on copper when you heat it just the right way, sometimes known as flame painting.
This piece was flame painted by Mary Hettmansperger in her wire-weaving DVD. You can give areas of your copper passes with a torch flame and see what effect that gives you, or heat the entire piece, quench, and check out your results.
It's kind of a fun experiment to see how it will turn out!
Then just scrub or buff off the excess (if you want) and you'll have dark in the recesses and shiny bright metal on the higher points.
The top piece has a variety of warm hues on the copper that almost look flame painted, and this electroformed shell and coral piece somehow developed that verdigris immediately after I rinsed it in plain water.
The Egg Patina Method You probably always have an egg in the fridge, right?
Let the pieces air dry and brush off any excess sawdust with a soft brush. Kerry recommends sealing the patinated metal with Permalac.It's a great way to enhance a texture or design in your metal.Be sure not to mix your metals in one liver of sulfur solution, however; make one for silver, one for copper. Baldwin's Patina If you design a piece of jewelry that has silver and copper both or copper with other metals in it and you want to add patina, try Baldwin's Patina, a solution that colors copper without affecting nickel silver, sterling silver, or gold alloys.Plain Old Water I accidentally discovered another super easy way to create a lovely patina on copper when I was electroforming some of my found objects a few weeks ago.The instructions specifically call for distilled water, and the jug of water I had in the pantry was regular–I thought it was distilled but I must have bought the wrong one.