Patinas for Copper

Surface Coloration

Transform the surface color of copper for use in your jewelry.  Using patinas can really impact the look of copper jewelry.  There are a wide array of chemicals available, but this class will focus on a small list of mainly household chemicals to achieve the broad spectrum of coloration you see pictured.  This is not a project-based class and we will not be using the standard array of jewelry tools.  I will present instruction for 3 different methods: fuming, burying, and spraying. Many of these recipes require multiple days to process so the samples will not be completed in the class. You will get hands-on experience with the burying method using small plastic containers that you can take home with you.  I will demonstrate the fuming and spraying techniques so you can feel comfortable to try them out at home.  The results are not completely predictable, but the journey is really fun!!!


Desert Jewel Studio, 26839 N 44th St, Cave Creek, AZ 85331. You will receive directions upon registering for class.


This class is not on the schedule at this time.  If you are interested in taking it, e-mail with your interest and availability.

How do I sign up?

Class will be $60/person. E-mail or call Jen at (480)635-2402 to register any time from noon to 10pm.

What will I need to bring to class

This class doesn’t require the traditional set of jewelry tools.  I will provide everything you need, but here’s the list of what we’ll be using: (feel free to bring some if you wish to avoid waiting)


  • copper blanks (I will provide 1″ x 1.5″ blanks to experiment with)
  • emery paper – various grits
  • 00 Steel wool
  • old soft toothbrush
  • Barkeeper’s friend
  • Dawn dish soap
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Plastic spoons
  • Small plastic containers for burying samples
  • Spanish moss
  • scissors
  • Various containers for washing, chemical mixing, and fuming
  • side towels
  • spray bottles
  • gloves
  • cupric nitrate
  • salt water
  • ammonia
  • white vinegar
  • salt
  • Covered water or other refreshing beverage
  • Snacks are always welcome as well. 🙂
  • You will also need a spray lacquer to seal them once you achieve these great colors.