Day 5 – 30 Day Art Challenge

I didn’t really make much today. I actually made the pieces last night and then finished them up today.

I wanted to do some fold forming, so I made these fold formed earrings. They are pretty big though, about 2 1/2″ long and 1 1/2″ at the widest part. I used some red alcohol inks on them, but I am not caring for it at all. So I will probably remove the red and then do a heat patina or oxidize them with another method. They are 22 gauge, so they aren’t too heavy, but there is some weight to them.

I also oxidized the cuff I made last night. I still think I would have liked it better if I had oxidized the bracelet before doing the interior lacing. But I must say that I like the warmth of this now much better than before.





10 thoughts on “Day 5 – 30 Day Art Challenge

  1. Robyn

    Hi Melissa,
    I’m loving your work and I have a question about the laced cuff.
    Do you seal the patina ?
    I do agree that it might have looked better oxidized before the lacing.
    I make copper cuffs which I seal with Permalac because most people’s first comment is “they look great, but will it turn my arm green?”.

  2. mike ma

    try some electrolytic etching using Copper sulphate and a rectifier and /or 6 volt battery…then liver of sulphur..simple and evrtlasting solution chemistry..oe as we would call it a balanced equartion..good luck and thank you for your kevin potter tools…just purchased his hydrauluc press amd eagerly looking forward to your a result of your informative posts have plunged myseld down to hydraulic me after all these lost years…grateful and thanks again..

  3. Melissa Muir

    Thanks Robyn,

    I haven’t sealed this one yet. Some I do and Some I don’t. But this one will probably be sealed with Permalac or Krylon clear spray. I am one of those that turns green with copper. So I don’t get to wear it often. 
  4. Melissa Muir

    Thanks Mike,

    You know, I am actually working on a video workshop with some electrolytic etching. I have done it with Copper Sulfate and a rectifier, I have also just recently started etching with a car battery charger and sea salt. Both are super simple and I love the results.
    Isn’t the press fun? I am so glad that I have been helpful to you. Let me know if you ever have questions. 
  5. Robyn

    Thanks Melissa, I too turn green, but only if the weather is warm or humid.

    I use both those sealants on my copper and brass. I’ve also lined some with fine leather, lashed to the cuff with Fine Silver wire.



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