Thursday, October 4, 2012

YOJ #39 - The "Atlantis" Series

So I was experimenting with patina applications on copper and found that fuming with ammonia and adding a dab of hydrogen peroxide creates the loveliest deep sea blues and greens. What do you think?


 


11 comments:

  1. I think that's lovely Eva! When you say add a dab of peroxide, do you mean mixed in with the ammonia?

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    1. Thanks so much AliMc! I fumed the pieces in ammonia for about 3 days, then took them out and while they were still damp, dabbed them with a brush dipped in straight hydrogen peroxide. At first it turned black, but as it dried, some lovely greens appeared in the blues. I also sprayed the pieces with an acrylic enamel to seal them and add a glossy finish. Try playing with a few scrap pieces and see what happens! :-)

      PS: Sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad, my sympathies,

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    2. Thank you. And thank you for explaining about the peroxide, will have to experiment next week.

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  2. I love the look of the patina, Eva! The colors are beautiful. Fuming with ammonia is on my list of things to try. I'll have to add some peroxide.

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    1. try it Maryanne, the results are so dramatic and the technique is so easy!!! :-)

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  3. Gorgeous piece and colors! Would love to see a wave sculpture with those blues & greens!

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    1. Thanks Maija! Perhaps I will do a wave cuff...hmmm....

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  4. I'm so totally WOW! about all your work and this blue one is SO gorgeous!
    How did you treat the copper ring? I know orange and blue let eachother shine but this is awesome... Bravo!

    Best regards from Eva Mari in Norway :)

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    1. Thanks so much Eva! The orange piece was a pre-made piece,
      :-)

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    2. Thank you so much for your speedy and kind reply! I ordered some hydrogen peroxide to experiment, - hopefully the strenght is strong enough, - 6%.

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    3. Let me know how it works out!

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