How do I apply a patina to a silver ring?

Asked by 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago



Patination

Can anyone help me,i am looking for advise on how to patina metals,i would like to know what materials i need to start and finish a project Regards thomasburke1953@gmail.com

Posted by JosephB8 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago


Who knows how to severely distress vinyl?

I want to distress some vinyl to the point that it's all gnarly and cracked. Think '78 LeSabre top that's been sitting out in the weather for 30 years.  I imagine it'll require some alternating moisture and heat, but I'm hoping somebody out there might have some tips.  I've recently discovered "crackling medium" (have never actually used it though), but it seems to be too "low-profile".  I want texture!  Fissures and blades sticking up, pieces flaking off as it rolls down the highway.  You know, that sort of thing. The attached picture is exactly what I'm trying to replicate. Thanks!

Asked by jellysix 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


How to harden a 'rubber bone'? Answered

A few weeks ago I was digging a new garden and I uncovered an old beef rib bone buried next to a rusty tin can. I presume one of my dogs put them there several years ago. The bone had developed a nice patina, infused with a reddish-brown color, most likely from the rusty can. It would work perfectly as scales (handles) for an old hunting knife of mine if I could flatten it out somewhat.  Remembering an old trick from my youth, I have been soaking it in white vinegar and it has softened nicely without losing the patina. From my past experience I know it will re-harden if I allow it to dry out, but it will be more porous and brittle. My thought was to dry it then coat it liberally with super glue or to soak it in a clear acrylic paint for several days to fill the pores. I am looking for any ideas or suggestions that will help me in this project, whether they be ways to make my ideas better or something entirely different. Thanks.

Asked by Burf 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


Is it possible to make your own electroplating solution?

Is it possible to make your own electroplating solution? Couldn't one simply toss some atomized copper dust from the sculpture supply store into a hydrochloric acid solution, and let it dissolve? If so, what other chemicals are necessary, and what approximate proportions should they be? I'm thinking quick and dirty here, specifically for electroforming medium sized objects. Thanks!

Asked by 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


Does anyone know to make concrete or like material head planter for outdoor plants?

Hello Wonderful, and Creative people, I need your help in achieving the same or similar look to these terracotta/concrete planter, with an aged moss green patina, $85-$125 at HGTV Marketplace Ouch!!! I would like to use these for small outdoor plants! and achieve the same awesome look for less? I would appreciate any suggestions before embarking in uncharted waters. I was thinking of using those Styrofoam heads and cutting a hold big enough to accommodate a flower pot. What should I use to prep for water/weather proofing...paper Mache, shellac, paint and glue moss??? Please advice this novice. Thank -U-much! Lilmamahttp://stonefacecreations.homestead.com/PRODUCTS.html

Asked by lilmamacita 9 years ago | last reply 7 years ago


MY ROBOT COSTUMES ARE FOR SALE!!

I really hate to do this but our family has grown by +1 and I am starting my sophomore year of pursuing a mechanical engineering degree with another two more to go after this.  Sadly, to cover bills and expenses, the robot costumes are up for sale. The men's costume fits me well at 6'1" 190lbs. The women's costume is sized for a 5'3" size 12. I know it's short notice for this years Halloween but if someone acts quick, I can ship quick and maybe you can own contest winning one of a kind most amazing robot costumes ever. Maybe your town has box robot army events or maybe you could start your own army of 2 with these! A few caveats, the costumes have been stored indoors 100% of the time but the steel components were not painted so they have some surface rust (makes for a nice distressed patina). The current state of the costumes requires tying ones self into the costume (with the help of another) which we used bailing wire for. They are large bulky items so shipping will likely be fairly high. Local pickup is available in the Seattle/Tacoma area or maybe "Greyhound Freight" would be a cheap option. Make a reasonable offer on the pair and they can be yours! The detailed build of the costumes can be seen at the instructable below: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-build-robot-halloween-costumes/

Posted by onebrokenneck 6 years ago | last reply 2 years ago


Crowdfunding

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Posted by kazmataz 5 years ago | last reply 7 weeks ago