Thursday, August 27, 2015

Patina DIY

The other morning my son said to me, "Do you want to do a project with me?"  When my 20 year old asks to hang out with me, I say yes! no matter what it is!  So, I followed him to the kitchen where I saw these supplies:

Well, THIS should be terrifying interesting....  Cody tells me that we are going to patina some copper!  OMG.  He truly IS my son.  Or Marie's?   But he is related to one of us for sure!  

Step 1:  Gather your supplies.  
Copper item to patina
Petroleum Jelly
Ammonia in a spray bottle
Paper towel
Plastic container with lid
Gloves and Mask

Cody had a small cylinder and I used a copper pitcher from the shop.

Step 2:  Lightly sand your object.
Make sure to sand in the same direction.

Step 3:  Wash your item with soap and water.  
Avoid direct contact with your skin after this, the oils in your skin can alter the process.  We didn't have any gloves, so we just handled our items with paper towels.  Cody's item had threads, so we rubbed a generous amount of Vaseline onto the threads so that no patina developed on those areas.  You could do this to any area of your item where you don't want it to patina.

Step 4:  Fold paper towel and place it in the bottom of the container.
Spray the paper towel with enough ammonia to soak it.  Cody used a washcloth mask to breathe, because that ammonia is pretty potent!  It's probably better to have a mask and gloves available.  Do as we say, not as we do!

Step 5:  Place your object inside a plastic container.
Use a container large enough to hold the item with the lid on, this speeds up the process and prevents you from having to spray it so often.  If you don't have a container large enough, you can place it inside a container without a lid or use plastic wrap to seal it.  We suspended Cody's item with some string and tape, so that it would have an even pattern.

Step 6:  Spray your item with ammonia solution.

Step 7:  Sprinkle salt evenly over your object.  

Step 8:  Place lid on your container and let the item sit for 5-24 hours.  

Step 9:  Check your item every 2-4 hours.  
If it starts to dry out spray with more ammonia again.  You will need to spray it less often if it is in a covered container.  It will start to turn really green, don't panic!  This is good!

Step 10:  Let your item dry out.
Cody's cylinder was in the ammonia soultion for almost 24 hours, we purposely left my item in for 8 hours because I am impatient so you could see how much different the result would be.

 Step 11:  Lightly brush the salt off of your item.

 Step 12:  Seal your item.  
Cody used masking tape to seal the ends of his item.

We used a quick drying sealant, we applied three coats with a one minute dry time in between each coat.  Then we let it sit for an hour until it was completely dry.

 And here are our finished projects!

Cody's cylinder has so much more color, so I guess it is better to not be so impatient let it sit longer in the solution!  This was a super fun and easy project, as long as you don't inhale too much ammonia and almost pass out, not that I did this.  Ok, I did.  But, I am pretty confident that you will be much more careful when you attempt your project!

Let us know in the comments if you have tried this and have any tips and tricks to share!

1 comment:

  1. I love reading your blogs. You make me laugh so much. I loved this. I especially loved that your son wanted to do this with you. His is prettier though.