- 1 naked brass scarab
- 1 gunmetal lobster claw, 8x14 mm
- 5 inches antique silver medium knurled oval chain, separated into two 7-link sections
- Euro-Hole Plier Punch
- Renaissance Wax
- Cat Litter
- Air-Tight Container
- Paper Towel
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Step 1: Form the Scarab
Step 2: Bend Scarab
Step 3: Create Patina
A readily available source of ammonia in your home is your cat’s litter box. Bury your scarab in the litter box and allow it to sit for at least 48 hours. When you change the litter you can retrieve and wash the scarab. This will produce a variable and layered blue patina on naked brass.
A second way to expose the metal to ammonia fumes is by soaking a paper towel in ammonia and then placing it in an air-tight container with the metal. Do not allow the metal and the paper towel to touch. Keep the container closed. The fumes from the ammonia will darken the brass and after several days you will see a bit of blue emerge. You can speed this process up by heating the metal in a torch flame or the flame of a gas stove before putting it in the container with the ammonia fumes.
After you have created your desired patina you will need to seal it with a nice thin coating of Renaissance Wax. This will stop the color from changing and will sharpen the details on the scarab. Apply the wax with a clean bit of cloth in very thin layers. Allow the wax to dry for one hour before proceeding with your project.