Saturday, March 1, 2014

Patina Compass Reveal!

"Is better late than never!" a good motto?

In December 2013, Kathy Lindemer with Bay Moon Design put out the call for designers who wanted to try patina. Since it was something I've been wanting to try, I signed up. A few days later, in the mail, comes this wonderful compass by Vintaj.
Unfortunately for me, the cedar season hit hard in our area making me very ill this year. So the compass was moved from room to room, to suitcase, to computer bag, to chair, .....  Well you get the picture! Until one day, I couldn't find it at all!!!!!

At last, I found it! However, I'm new to patina and so it didn't quite turn out as I imagined. I used Andirondack Alcohol Inks in Red Pepper & Oregano colors with Silver Guilder's Paste.
I guess it's not bad for a first shot, but I really wanted the colors to stand out stronger. So if any of you have suggestions, I'm really open to them.

My mom had surgery this week, so while I was at the hospital waiting & waiting & waiting, I worked on the pieces to go with the compass. Several people moved to the other side of the waiting room, probably because they couldn't stand the grinding sound as I smoothed & filed the edges on the copper. :)  It was a little humorous & if I hadn't been in such a crunch I would have had pity on them! But I had no extra time. Sorry people!

And all this turned into - My compass clips broke so I attached it with wire after I punched a few holes in it :)

Thank you Kathy for this wonderful opportunity to try this new technique and for putting on this very interesting blog hop!  Now I can go blog hopping!

Hostess:  Kathy Lindemer,  BayMoonDesign 

Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Beads and Jewelry

Karia Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams

Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings

Jessica Murray, Whimsical Monkey
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs

Kay Thomerson, KayzKreationz Blog

Claire Fabian, Saraccino

Christie Searle Murrow Charis Designs


  1. Lol- I can only imagine that scene in the hospital. Hope everything worked out okay for your mom. Lisa Liddy of Metal Me This said to use a heavy duty metal degreaser before applying the patina, and that seemed to work fairly well for me. I have a long ways to go, though. I love the metal work combined with this. I'm late to the hop, but loving all the results-- Christie

  2. Great idea. And it turned out wonderful. Wish I would have been there to see their faces as you worked on your metal. :) Love the copper bracelet you attached the piece to. Finally got my pictures back on my post and got my reveal posted.

  3. I would also be interested to see the looks on people's faces at the hospital. Love how you put that bracelet together. It's unique and lovely.

  4. I think it turned out pretty well for a first try. I LOVE those copper triangles. Keep up the good work :-D


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