Last weekend I took a class at the Metal Working Studio in Seattle taught by the talented Helen Shirk. I was looking for some great ways to put color on metal and Helen is certainly amazing at it. Check out this beautiful piece below and Google her name to find lots more. She was an amazing instructor and I appreciate that she shared how she got there....
We went to the Chihuly Garden at the Seattle Center Friday night as I knew Helen would love the colorful work and I was really anxious to go!
I have been stalking Helen on Pinterest for quite awhile and the pieces in person are so so much better of course. The thing that made me do a double take were her patinas that looked just like the ones at the foundry I visited in Santa Fe. Wow. We all had a great time out in the back yard creating them.
This photo of my samples doesn't do them justice as I like my finished piece better, but part of that is I have applied the finishing wax and it really pops the beauty of the piece.
I think I am going to finish this piece and use it for a sample for a class on metal shaping next year at BeadFest and the Bead and Button show.
If you are interested in how to get to these patinas check out Art Chemicals that not only carries all the patinas and chemicals but also has a great video that shows how to apply them. Of course chemicals can be toxic and should be handled correctly. I found the customer service very helpful before I placed my order. Leave your comments as The Overflowing Stash has been growing all summer and I want to mail some outta here!