Applying Black Patina to Solder

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Applying Black Patina to Solder

Applying Black Patina to Solder

Adding black patina to your stained glass projects can really make the glass colours come alive. In fact, I use black patina on about 90% of my copper foil creations because it leads the eye to focus on the colours and design of the glass, instead of the solder lines.

Applying patina to projects is a topic that comes up quite often in conversations with other glass crafters.  So I've created a video showing exactly how it is that I apply black patina to my solder lines.

The video shows step by step how to enhance your stained glass work with black patina, which products I use and how I use them. It's a very simple process, and the video will show you how to apply black patina for a consistent, even colour on your copper foil stained glass projects.

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Here's a list of supplies used in the video:

When the tutorial for this candle/lamp project and the fused glass daisies become available ( in June  2018,) you'll find a link to them here. 

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Samantha's a passionate creative with varied artistic interests which she loves to incorporate into her glasswork. Working in both stained glass and fused glass, her goal is to help you be creative and think outside the box while teaching skills to make glass crafting easier.

Samantha Calder

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  1. Once the patina is cleaned and dried, how can you polish the piece without the color of the patina fading?

    1. Hello Maryam. In my experience, the patina always fades a little bit due to polishing. In many ways, I love the look it gives. The highest points that get the most rubbing from polising are a little lighter than the rest creating natural higlights. Try not to think of patina as paint as it is truly more of a tint. So black patina creates a darker tint to the solder as opposed to paint that creates a complete’y opaque black mask on items it’s added to.

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