Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Scratching the surface

I love to add colour to my work and in the past have regularly introduced colour by the inclusion of stones, fabric and accents of metal. I have also used surface treatments such as oxidising and fine silver finishing.

Lately I have been experimenting with some interesting colourful surface treatments. While it is not necessary I have chosen in my work to apply the patina to a texturised surface, this way I can remove layers to reveal different colours and patterns.

In my store right now you can see brass that has a copper patina, this comes as a result of the heating and pickeling process.

Halo Earrings

Cherry Drops Earrings

New in store is some work I have been doing with verdigris, the fabulous aged blue/green layering you can see on old copper roofs such as Flinders Street Station in Melbourne. I have used amonia to get the verdigris on these pieces, this gives a vibrant cerulean blue colouration. I have also noticed that the age of the copper seems to have some impact on the colour, I am finding I get a better intensity from the recycled copper than from new copper sheet.

Reef Earrings

Rockpool Pendant

You can get varying shades of verdigris depending on what chemical treatment you use. I would love to hear about what you have tried and what colours you have achieved.


  1. Your stuff is just so beautiful! I've got no words, and that never happens.

  2. I really like all of the new stuff, color and texture appeal to me every time.

  3. I just love the different colours and textures you are creating.

  4. Those colours are extraordinary. I am definately going to try it. Where did you get the ammonia?

  5. Soli, you can get it at the supermarket in the cleaning aisle, it is near where the metho and turps are kept I think.