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Fleur d'Or

About this design:

Lately I've been playing with different ways to use the patinas, inks, and paints I have. The blank on this one is the Vintaj Arte metal (black surface over silver metal). I put a piece of wire on the anvil and whacked the rubber mallet against it to create a line, then moved it around in different areas. Sanded off some of the coating to bring out the silver. Painted it with Vintaj yellow patina, buffed that off. Later I dropped some gold and buttercup Ranger alcohol inks on it and let it dry. The gold really makes a neat effect. Added some chain and golden flower accents...ta da. My new fall bracelet.


mystery stone flower, Vintaj blank, patina, Ranger Inks, various flower beads and charms.

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  1. Crazy Beader
    Crazy Beader says:

    Your playtime resulted in some stunning effects, Cindy ! Like your description of how you just “whacked” it and then “dropped on” some ink – -

  2. Medieval Momma
    Medieval Momma says:

    Very cool!

  3. Bettys Beads
    Bettys Beads says:

    Your ‘mystery stone’ looks like crazy lace agate. Cool indeed.

  4. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Awesome work with the patina & inks Cindy and cool OOAK bracelet. Your description of the process is very technical! LOL! I’m really loving that mystery stone flower.

  5. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Very cool and fall-ish! I do have a question, I was under the impression that the patinas wouldn’t “stick” to anything that already had a finish? Or did you only use them on the areas you sanded? It came out gorgeous however you did it!

  6. puppychick  labratbecky
    puppychick labratbecky says:

    Cindy, I want to come to your house for lessons. :) This is FANTASTIC!!!!!!

  7. Beadlady3 aka Cindy
    Beadlady3 aka Cindy says:

    The patinas seem to stick to any metal, but I do usually buff lightly with steel wool first. The black coating will accept the patina.

    Usually mixing patina and alcohol inks is not recommended, different properties. But I heat set the patina which seems to make it more durable. I have some more pieces in process. Having too much fun, I almost wish I had bigger pieces to work on! :)

  8. Deb Harding
    Deb Harding says:

    Gail the Vintaj arte metal pieces are made to patina. Go to the Vintaj website…there are lots of video tutorials there and step by step directions. Then go to their idea gallery and look at all the pieces they have made. Great stuff.

  9. Laud
    Laud says:

    What a wonderful focal! Nice work.

  10. Asia
    Asia says:

    What a great job with the inks, Cindy :D

  11. T Paul
    T Paul says:

    Love it, and the asymmetry of the piece. Very pretty with a funky edge :)

  12. Beadzilla aka Wanda
    Beadzilla aka Wanda says:

    Lovely piece! The focal looks fantastic!

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    Beadaholic1 says:

    This is a great design Cindy….I LOVE the focal!

  14. Chicky Zee aka Alice
    Chicky Zee aka Alice says:

    Lovely piece Cindy!

  15. Gail Layne
    Gail Layne says:

    Thanks, Deb and Cindy! That info opens up a whole realm of possibilities! I had purchased some of the patinas a while back but couldn’t find any bare metal pieces I liked and don’t have the tools to make my own yet.

  16. SquirrelGirl aka Angela
    SquirrelGirl aka Angela says:

    You did a great job with texturing and coloring your focal. I love it! This would so be my go to piece for fall too!

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    BeadWitchedSara D says:

    Interesting ways to put this together. colors are definitely fall, or late summer, too. The “mystery stone” flower is beautiful, too. Seems like you have two focals there . . . the metal piece and the stone.

    It would be interesting to see a tutorial on this in case the rest of us want to steal the idea somewhat.

  18. Mea Blue
    Mea Blue says:

    hi, new to using patinas and alcohol inks on metals. Do most people seal the patinas and also the alcohol inks with the glaze? Thanks, Any info would help. Would love to add this component to jewelry.

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