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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Painting a metal flower

 This big raw brass flower has good bones, but needs a little more flavor.
 Paints and inks can add color while opalescent powders can add sparkle. Combining them is easy and can be fun if you are just a bit relaxed with technique. In art this is called a painterly approach.
 I started with a Ranger Patina in a deep green.
 Brush up the center to simulate the rib and then move out from the rib as the petals would grow.
 I next added a gold translucent paint to blend the darker color.
 This leaves a base to build on.
 Now a red orange was added .
 That again blended in stripes.
 More back and forth.
 As the richness of the surface builds I begin to use lighter and more transparent layers.
 Blending out all this in wet layers leaving streaks.
 Pearl powders added and blended then heat treated and its ready for a coat of lacquer to seal the surface.
 I picked out a domed glass bead and copper colored crown mount to cover the center. E-6000 was added to hold the mount and stone.
 A chain with lobster clasp to finish it up.
And this is the final result. Don't take this as a masterpiece, just a direction to guide your experiments. And most of all have fun.

7 comments:

  1. Loved this step by step coloring metal process, Harry. Thank you. You've inspired me!!

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome tutorial Harry.

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  3. I love the Picture easy to follow tutorial Harry. Thank you its great.

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  4. Wow - that came out great! Where did you get the copper colored crown mount? Never seen something like that. It really gives the project a polished look.

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  5. http://www.ebay.com/itm/2pcs-Quality-Cast-18mm-Bezel-Cups-Sterling-Silver-925-For-Setting-8425SH-/300622561872?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item45fe804250 This is a link to one place I have used,
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/110534728/high-quality-antiqued-brass-round-8mm?ref=sr_gallery_7&ga_search_query=Round+crown+mount&ga_locationQuery=6252001&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery
    is another that has some. I cut the loops off.

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  6. ooh I really love the way the added red created such a warm tone, and that glass bead was the perfect choice, color-wise. thanks for sharing this interesting technique!

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