DIY Patina-Painted Brass Bracelets

Posted by Adrianne Surian
Use metal patinas on brass blanks to create colorful bracelets!

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Hey friends! Today's project is a fun jewelry piece that will appeal to the mixed media crafters out there. Today's project uses brass elements set off with colorful, permanent metal patinas to create abstract jewelry that's one of a kind.

Here's what you'll need:

  • 34mm Circle Brass Blank
  • Vintaj Ranger Metal Patinas: Cobalt
  • Vintaj Ranger Metal Patinas: Marine
  • Vintaj Ranger Metal Patinas: Ruby
  • Vintaj Ranger Metal Patinas: Quartz
  • Vintaj Ranger Glaze
  • 11-12 Inches Antique Finish Gold or Brass Chain
  • Eye Pin
  • Lobster Clasp
  • 4 - 5mm Jump Rings
  • 1 - 9mm Jump Ring
  • 6mm Faceted Glass Bead
  • Hole Punch Pliers
  • Chain Nose Pliers
  • Round Nose Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Paper Towel

Begin by punching an additional hole in your brass blank with hole punch pliers to turn your blank into a focal connector. Don't forget, other shapes and metals will also work for this project, so feel free to mix and match!

Now is the fun step! Add drops of metal patinas to your metal blank, paint patterns, or use your favorite technique to create a colorful theme. This effect was created by dropping patina directly onto the blank and gently blotting it with paper towel. You can continue to layer patinas until you get the exact look you want. Set the blank aside to dry. Once dry, brush a coat of glaze on top to seal the patinas.

Tip: Using a heat tool will speed the drying process and create an even stronger bond to the metal. Heat-treated patinas will last longest if you're creating an intricate pattern, but for the distressed style shown, heat treating is optional.

As you allow your blank (or blanks!) to dry, prepare an optional beaded accent. To make a beaded connector, slip a 6mm bead onto an eye pin. Grip the eye pin with round nose pliers just above the bead, and form a loop with the wire end by wrapping it around one side of the pliers.

Cut the excess wire away with wire cutters to create the beaded connector.

Cut pieces of chain and connect the elements together with 5mm jump rings. To get this look, attach the beaded connector to one side of the metal blank with a jump ring. Cut 2 lengths of chain, 2.5 inches long each. Attach these short chains to the end of the beaded connector. Next, cut two more lengths of chain, 3 inches long each. Attach these chains to the opposite side of the metal focal piece.

Note: if you're using other shapes or sizes, or have an especially large or small wrist, check your length by measuring from one end of the chain to the other. A standard total length of 7-7.25 inches before adding the clasp will fit most women's wrists, but this is your chance to get a custom fit!

Finally, attach a large rump ring to one end of the chains and a lobster clasp to the opposite end using a small jump ring. At this point, you can also give your piece a little extra color by gently brushing the chain with additional patina in a few small areas. If you do this, allow it to finish drying before wearing it!

The finished bracelets are uniquely you, and each one you make will be one of a kind! I have shared the colors and elements pictured in this project in the supply list above, but metal patinas come in many of your favorite colors, so you will be able to match any outfit or color scheme. You can also use squares, rectangles, or any metal elements as the focal piece, as long as you can punch two holes in it. This is your chance to get creative!

Thanks for joining me to check out this mixed media jewelry project. Happy crafting, everyone!