Although we love bright & shiny things as much as anyone, we also enjoy vintage-style jewelry. When metal jewelry has a patina, we feel it gives a jewelry piece character and hints at the fact that the item may have a history. Even if the piece is brand new, a patina can lend the piece a bit of an antique touch!
When patina happens naturally, it is technically a tarnish that forms on the surface of brass, copper, bronze, and other metals. Patina results when the surface of a metal is altered by the effects of the atmosphere, causing gradual changes resulting in an uneven coloring, typically green. Sometimes referred to as natural toning, a patina was once only achieved with the passing of time.
However, today jewelry-makers can apply their own ready-made patinas to metal beads, metal blanks and other components. Vintaj patinas are opaque inks specially formulated to adhere to metal, and they look gorgeous on Vintaj’s nickel-free brass and Arte Metal components!
Come to Blue Door Beads tonight between 6pm-9pm to learn how to apply Vintaj patinas and create amazing embellishments to your next bracelet, necklace, or pair of earrings. We’ll also be serving wine & cheese, so enjoy a nosh, some vino & good beading company! Can’t make it tonight? Come in any time and we’ll show you the tools you need to get started on your patina adventure.
P.S. We just couldn’t pass up an opportunity to feature a great photo of a gorgeous blue door. Gotta love the natural patina on this bronze door!