June 22, 2012

Experimenting with Vintaj Patinas

OK, tell the truth - these are fabulous, aren't they!?!  I've been waiting on pins and needles for my Vintaj patinas to get here and they finally came in the mail yesterday.  In typical "me" fashion, I had to order all of the colors, so I had a veritable rainbow to play with (although there doesn't seem to be a nice dark brown for "antiquing" - I'll have to do some checking on that).  The patinas are advertised as "specially formulated to adhere to metal" so I figured I'd have good luck with metal pieces, and I did.  I messed with a few, but my favorite was the art metal compass piece.  The color of the patinas really pops against the dark metal.  I also hit the high spots with a sanding block and got a bit of light metal as a highlight.  Very cool, if I do say so myself.
Then I got brave and decided to see what happens if you use them on lucite.  The top leaf in the photo above is how the rest looked before I hit them with the patinas.  I used a single color (green on one and a rusty color on the other) on the next two down and I like the look.  Then I used both colors on the bottom one (look at me, getting all artsy).  And I figured I hadn't done any great damage yet, so I pulled out some lucite flowers.
The flowers all started out the same as the top one - sort of an orchid color.  I used a couple colors each on the others and am totally amazed at how different they all turned out.  The patinas cover very well (almost too well in some cases) so not a lot of the original lucite color shows through.

All in all, I am very impressed with these patinas.  They cover really well and they dry really quickly and I now have limitless possibilities for colors on metal and lucite.  And who knows what else:)


  1. These are -so- cool! Beautiful work.

  2. Oh too cool, Never thought of using them on lucite! **waves** Hi Sherri. Mailed out your Giveaway package today!

    1. Hey, there! I put yours in the mailbox tonight, too! The patinas worked great on the lucite, by the way - I tried scratching it off with my fingernail and with a headpin and it seems to be permanent.


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