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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.


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

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

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

  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.

  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,
    is another that has some. I cut the loops off.

  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!