Superstar This project was by Crafty Superstar #2: TTE Designs

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Time:8h30
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Nice 'n' Simple
Give your reclaimed brass a beautiful blue makeover

Reclaimed brass from a thrift shop find is refurbished into beautiful earrings.



Instructions

  • How to make jewelry. Adding Beautiful Patina To Brass Components  - Step 1
    Step 1

    Locate some 24 gauge brass sheeting. If you don't make a great thrift shop find, it can be purchased online.

  • How to make jewelry. Adding Beautiful Patina To Brass Components  - Step 2
    Step 2

    Using metal snips, cut two matching squares. Sand surface and edges lightly to smooth, clean with damp cloth.
    Emboss with machine and a design folder in a pattern of your choice.

  • How to make jewelry. Adding Beautiful Patina To Brass Components  - Step 3
    Step 3

    Prepare a plastic disposable container with lid. Cut a raised scrap of a plastic or container box and place in the center to elevate the two brass elements.
    Sprinkle a generous amount of salt on top of the metal pieces. Carefully pour about 1/4 cup of ammonia into the base of the container at the edges being careful not to wet the brass and salt.

  • How to make jewelry. Adding Beautiful Patina To Brass Components  - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cover with lid and leave for at least 8 hours or longer. The fumes from the ammonia react with the salt on the brass to create a pretty blue patina.
    When you are satisfied with the color carefully open the lid and use tweezers to place the pieces on a paper towel to dry.

  • How to make jewelry. Adding Beautiful Patina To Brass Components  - Step 5
    Step 5

    Once dry, if desired, lightly sand the raised areas to reveal the embossed pattern. Hole punch at the top center of each piece.

  • How to make jewelry. Adding Beautiful Patina To Brass Components  - Step 6
    Step 6

    Shows one sanded and one left as is. Seal with clear metal sealant if desired. Allow drying time

  • How to make jewelry. Adding Beautiful Patina To Brass Components  - Step 7
    Step 7

    Add ear wires with bead accents.

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