I am noticing a bit of residual copper discoloration to the sea glass.   I am hoping I will be able to work with this as it develops.

Ombre Patina and New Sea Glass Settings

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When I learn a new technique, my brain starts wandering.  “I wonder what would happen if…” becomes my  constant internal monologue.

I have been wondering about creating an ombre fade with the patinas I have been working with and I am pretty happy with the results of my first experiments.

I tried a tip intense fade for a curved bangle cuff –

Open end bangle with ombre patina

Open end bangle with ombre patina

I enjoy the fade from blues to neutral before fading to the natural copper!

I enjoy the fade from blues to neutral before fading to the natural copper!

The tips hold more color before fading into the natural copper color.

The tips hold more color before fading into the natural copper color.

A view of the interior - the patina is sealed to prevent further color changes or discoloration to the skin.

A view of the interior – the patina is sealed to prevent further color changes or discoloration to the skin.

I also tried the selective patina for a stamped pendant.   I was able to isolate the strongest color to the front of the pendant and bottom of the back.   I think this helps the KARMA inscription stand alone in the natural copper shade.

I like the psychedelic tone to this piece. The shine makes it tricky to see the exact color separation.

I like the psychedelic tone to this piece. The shine makes it tricky to see the exact color separation.

The color has been isolated towards the bottom and fades up to the inscription.

The color has been isolated towards the bottom and fades up to the inscription.:

Now I am experimenting with combining my new patina skills with one of my favorite materials: Sea glass.

I used a piece of aqua sea glass that had a few imperfections, since I am not sure how the process will turn out.    I personally like shards with unique shapes and surfaces.  It adds a bit of personality and shows their survivor style.

I started by fold forming sheet copper around the shard

I wanted to go for a statement piece that resembles opening a gift.  I must have Christmas left on my brain!

I wanted to go for a statement piece that resembles opening a gift. I must have Christmas left on my brain!

The upper fold creates a bail to hang from a necklace.

The upper fold creates a bail to hang from a necklace.

Then, I began the patina – this is after about an hour into the process

I am noticing a bit of residual copper discoloration to the sea glass.   I am hoping I will be able to work with this as it develops.

I am noticing a bit of residual copper discoloration to the sea glass. I am hoping I will be able to work with this as it develops.

And that’s where I am for now.     The patina will continue to develop and I will share more pictures tomorrow.   Fingers crossed this experiment works out well!

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