If Im only good at one thing, it would be color. I think this is where my strength lies as an artist. I have always been able to match a color perfectly. I can mix paint to match any color, I can recreate a color that I saw 20 years ago. I FEEL in color! I love enamel for this reason, it alows me to add soft vibrant color to hard cold metal. I love the dichotomy.
but for this project, Im having trouble.
I first started by altering the color of the cuffs with heat. That was not the look I was going for!
Then I added some different solutions. Here is where they are now
I should probably just take some advice from Brian. He is lousy with color but he is an expert with patinas! He is a fine woodworker by trade but in the past few years he had created a few copper doors with a beautiful patina. He has used everything from bleach to walnut shells. you can see his work here at zo mill doors. Im going to try a few more things before I conseed and ask for help! I really want to figure out how to get the effect I want without using a prepared solution. I also don't want much blue/green because Im going to add the color with enamel and Im afraid that it may clash. I guess we will see where it goes.
By the way...These cuffs started as Bronze.