Explore the possibilities of colored copper and brass surfaces beyond the polished finish! Using mostly non-toxic chemicals that can be found around the house, as well as simple torch heating, we will change the color and appearance of copper jewelry made in class. Application of Liver of Sulfur will also be covered.
The focus of this course is on the diverse and exciting variety of ways to change the color and appearance of copper and brass. You will make a cuff bracelet, pair of disc earrings, and a bar pendant to test the color-changing potential of a heat patina, cold fuming, and a range of liquid applications. Studio safety is a core tenet in all of the Silver Peak Studio classes, and so of course safety will be a prominent feature for this class as well!
We will cover:
- Preparation of metal for patina
- Types of patina
- Benefits/Drawbacks of patina use
- Chemical applications
- Torch applications
- Cold-fuming or Atmospheric patinas
- Packed Patina
- Sealing and Protecting
Class duration 6 hrs with a 30-minute break for lunch
Prerequisite: None, though some metalsmithing experience is recommended
Tools and Materials:
Tools are provided.
Materials fee: $30 which includes copper, brass, and studio materials. Payable to instructor at beginning of class. Cash, check, and Venmo accepted.
Last day to cancel for a full refund or credit is January 13, 2024. Please review our FAQ page for directions and dress code. By registering for the class you agree to our policies and dress code.
About the instructor, Alec Schweiger