Web Based Tutorials for adding Patina and Colours to Metal Clay

This page has links to websites that have valuable information, tutorials and projects about adding patina and colour to metal clay.

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Adding Gold, Aura 22, Gold Paste
Cold Inlay Powders
General Patina Recipes
Gilders Paste
Image Transfer
Inks and Paints
Keum Boo
Polymer Clay
Prismacolor Pencils
Using Liver of Sulphur


Contrast and Colour on Metal Clay

General article about adding a range of colouring techniques to silver clay.

The Ultimate Colour Combinations Cheat Sheet

Does what it says on the tin!

General Patina Recipes

The Science Company

Patina formulas for brass, bronze and copper.

Sealent Testing on Metal

This great blog post by Laura Bracken shows the results of testing a number of different sealents for colouring on metal. Very useful for anyone working with colour or patina.


Using Liver of Sulphur

All Things Metal Clay - Using Liver of Sulphur without Dipping

Short and useful tutorial on how to use liver of sulphur without dipping the whole piece. This is especially useful if you have a piece you want to patina in one specific area.

Fire Mountain Gems - using Liver of Sulphur

Short tutorial on using Liver of Sulphur to add colourful patina to your metal clay projects. Includes useful safety and usage tips.

Oxidizing with Perma Blue on Copper

Perma Blue is found in the US where ever gun supplies are sold, so check all the sports stores. The chemical name - Selenium Dioxide.

Verdigris Finish on Brass

Use this tutorail to learn how to paint an antiqued or verdigris patina on raw brass findings, stampings, and filigree.

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Blue Window CufflinksBlue Window Cufflinks - Rosa Martha Celorio

This great intermediate metal clay tutorial is free to view on the Cre8tive Fire website. Try your hand at enameling with these simple yet elegant enameled cufflinks.


Dichroic EnamelDichroic Enamels - How to Add a Dichroic Effect to Your Enamels

Dichroic glass is simply beautiful. Often referred to as "dichro" or "dicro," the term refers to multiple ultra-thin microlayers of metal oxides which are evaporated onto the surface of glass in a vacuum chamber. These oxides change the way that light is transmitted and reflected, so that as you turn the glass, the color changes. A dichroic coating appears to have additional colors when you turn it and view it from different angles. A piece of dichroic glass may appear one color when you look at it straight on, but different colors when viewed from the side or at an angle. The exciting news is that glass is not the only material that can be coated with dichroic material -- paper can be coated with dichroic material as well.


Enameled copper necklaceEnamel necklace

Enamel on copper domes.

Ganoksin - Enamelling on Metal Clay

Enameling on fine silver metal clay, excerpts from the book: Enameling with Professionals by Lilyan Bachrach.

How to Enamel

Basic enameling process on copper.

Indie Fixx - How to apply images to enameled pendants

Great tutorial with pictures showing the process of adding designs to enameled pendants. Very thorough tutorial and easy to follow.

Introduction to Enameling

It may be a cliché, but enameling is one of those techniques that takes a minute to learn, but a lifetime to master. If you've ever wanted to try enameling, don't be intimidated, it's very easy to get started. 

Jeannette Landenwitch - Designing Metal Clay Pieces for Enamel

Short article with useful tips for designing with enamel in mind for Metal Clay Guru.

Enamel pendantJeanette Landenwitch - Easy Enamelled Metal Clay Pendant

Great tutorial from Metal Clay Guru. Shows in easy step-by-step detail how to make a pendant and then enamel it.



Karen L Cohen - What is Enamelling?

Useful explanation of enamelling terms from Karen L Cohen

EarringsMed'a Creations - Wavy rainbow earrings

Well explained project to make metal clay earrings coloured with Thompson enamels. This tutorial uses the technique of mixing the enamels with the metal clay to create coloured clay. Useful tips are given for what colours to use.




Torch Enameling

Article about basic enameling using a torch. Lots of useful information.

Torch Fire Enamel on Copper

So you'd like to try your hand at enameling but don’t have a kiln? Lets start torch enameling! Easy to setup, fairly inexpensive and so much fun!

Torch Fired Enamel on Fine Silver

This tutorial is aimed at metal clay and enameling artisans. It outlines the process for enameling on hollow forms and assumes that you know the basics of enameling, such as preparing enamels, safety measures etc.


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Prismacolor Pencils

coloured copperDebra Weld - Bringing out the Colorful Side of Copper

This page from the Copper.org website has several articles one of which is a great outline of how Debra Weld creates copper panels using Prismacolor pencils. These are then attached to metal clay for the finished article.

Jeannette Landenwitch - An Exciting Alternative for Adding Color

Article about adding colour to metal clay work using Prismacolor pencils for Metal Clay Guru.


Adding Gold - Aura 22, Gold Paste

Applying Accent Gold for Silver to Sterling

Useful article from Metal Clay Guru

Applying Gold Paste to Silver

Useful article by Pam East for Metal Clay Guru

Aura 22 Gold

Article about using Aura 22 by Jeannette Landenwitch for Metal Clay Guru


Keum Boo Earrings by Janet AlexanderFine Silver and 24K Gold Keum-Boo Earrings

Learn how to add layers,  embed sterling silver wire, and apply gold leaf Keum Boo to  fine silver earrings in this tutorial from Janet Alexander.



Sun feather necklaceSun Feather Necklace

Aura 22 and PMC3 combine in this great piece. Finish with a bail on the back to create a necklace or finish it as a pin.







Tree of LifeTree of Life Pendant

Silver and gold pendant uses Aura 22. From PMC Connection.



Using PMC Gold as Paste

Article by Mary Ellin D'Agostino for Metal Clay Guru.


Polymer Clay

Polymer clay heartsScrap Polymer Clay Ideas

This blog post is based on sound design principles and uses scrap clay to produce colourful hearts. The technique could easily be applied to polymer for inlay into fired metal clay pieces.




Inlaying polymer clay in metal clayInlaying Polymer Clay

Interesting article about inlaying polymer clay designs into fired metal clay jewellery from Lorrene Baum-Davis.






Keum Boo

Charles Lewton- Brain - Keum Boo

Interesting article about the origins of Keum Boo on Ganoksin. This article also talks about the mechanism by which Keum-boo works. It's a theoretical article and will be useful for anyone who wants to know more background on this ancient method of adding gold to silver.


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Cold Inlay Powder

Hadar Jacobson Cold Inlay Powder

Each cold inlay powder is a mix of pure metal powders. Hadar’s Cold Inlay Powders are currently available in silver, gold, and black colors. The technique is called “cold inlay” because no firing is involved. Only the piece to be inlaid is fired. The inlay is done by filling the indentations of the fired piece with the inlay powder and adding a drop of CA (cyanoacrylate) glue.

Cold inlay allows you to combine metal powders that cannot be fired together because of different firing temperatures, different shrinkage rates, and compatibility. It can also be used for repair in a fraction of the time it takes to repair by firing, and it can be used in materials which cannot be fired.

Once sanded, the inlaid powder looks just like fully sintered metal.

For a demonstration of the process, please download the Instruction Manual for Hadar’s Cold Inlay Powders.



Image Transfer

Image transferEasy Image Transfer

This useful, well illustrated article explains how to transfer images onto resin clay.





Gilders Paste

Art Beads - How to use Gilders Paste

Good step by step guide with pictures of how to use Gilders Paste.

Dried out Gilders PasteHow to Restore Dried Out Gilders Paste

Useful tutorial on how to reconstitute gilders paste that has dried out.




resin inlayAnn Davis - Sea Cucumber with Resin Inlay

Intermediate to advanced project. Very clear instructions and a beautiful outcome.



Resin treatmentsDifferent Resin Treatments

Resin is an incredibly versatile material, learn how to add different and unusual colours, materials and textures to it in silver plated pendants. By Clare John











Laughing Girl Arts - UV Resin Tips and Hints

The following tips and hints were posted on the Yahoo! Metal Clay Group by Linda Gaughran at Laughing Girl Arts.

Heat the jar of resin before use. I find it too thick to flow easily right out of the jar but when I heat it it liquifies and flows easier. I put the open jar on my mug warmer with the lid sitting lightly on top to block light and stir it every 30-60 seconds until it feels
loose. When it gets where I want it, somewhere between "doesn't flow" and "runs off the toothpick before I can get it to the piece", I turn the mug warmer off and let the jar sit there as I work. Reheat as needed.

I use a toothpick or bamboo skewer to pick up a blob of resin from the jar and then drop onto my piece. The blob stays attached to my skewer until I touch it down on the piece. You may need to coax the resin to the edges of your piece with your toothpick. Be sure to wipe up any threads or spills as they will harden on the piece too.

Remember light cures it so don't leave the lid off the jar very long if you're working in bright light.

I'm afraid of undercured resin so I usually give it two rounds of time under my auto-shutoff manicure lamp just to be sure. Probably not necessary but it eases my mind. That works fine for transparent colors too. I haven't done opaques.

I put the bottom of a cardboard shoebox upside down over the manicure light so that the UV light doesn't leak out. And I try not to look at it when it's on. Bad for your eyes.

Don't let the sticky residue on the top of the cured resin throw you. It comes off perfectly with just a swipe of the UV Resin cleaner. Conversely, if you're doing multiple layers you don't need to clean off the sticky residue between layers. It is really sticky though so don't get dust in it between layers.

Inks and Paints

ButterflyUsing Effect Paints

Great tutorial in Russian but with pictures which clearly explain the process.

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