This week I didn't have a whole lot of time to play with new things. I have been working on orders and filling up the website, and I spent some time playing around with designing jewelry. But I did get to do a little bit of experimenting. My goal was to use the various hammers I have to make some textures into metal and bring out the markings with paint. Above are some of my first experiments with different hammers. The two side ones did not feel very successful to me. They are too subtle. I guess they will make nice backgrounds when I add more to these, but hardly seemed worth the effort. I do like the top and bottom cross hatched ones though. I like how well the top one took the green paint and the bottom one has some nice contrast with the brass metal and a silvery paint. Those are worth exploring! I felt like these were all too subtle, so I decided to play with some metal stamps next.
After I applied the paint and wiped/sanded it off, I wanted to use something clear to seal the colors. I used Diamond Glaze but am not happy with how shiny it is and the texture it left behind. Does anyone have a recommendation for a wax or easy to apply sealant for just a little extra protection for metal? I am tempted by Renaissance Wax but have never used it and would love to get a recommendation for it because it is a wee bit pricey for something I don't know about. Or have you used something similar... any ideas?
Melanie is an artist, blogger, writer, and ceramic beadmaker at Earthenwood Studio. Her beads and components can be found at her Etsy shop and her jewelry can be found in her Etsy Galleria. To comment on this post, visit the original post at the Earthenwood Studio Chronicles Blog.