Instead of engaging in all the Black Friday shopping madness, I thought I'd share a little tutorial on how I darken wire for jewelry-making.
Get it? I blacken the wire, it's Black Friday...aaaaanyway...
For some jewelry projects, a bright, shiny wire is perfect. However, since a lot of what I make incorporates old jewelry, found objects, and upcycled bits; I've found that I really like the feel of an aged wire, especially brass and copper. I created a video detailing the whole process I use on how to Age Wire for Jewelry.
However, if you're in a rush to get out and hit the sales, he's a quick summary.
First, note that I tend to use wire from the hardware store. I cut the wire down into a stack of manageable lengths (probably around 12 inches) of wire.
To darken the wire with the Novacan Black Patina, I simply push as much of one end of the wire into the bottle as I can then pull it out through a piece of paper towel (to remove the substance). Then, I turn the wire and repeat the process on the other side.
I go through the whole process until the stack of wire is antiqued.
From there, I seal in the color with a paste wax. Above I used Johnson Paste Wax, but I have also used Renaissance Wax. The wax is applied with a soft cloth and then buffed with a different area of the cloth.
And, that's it. Once those steps are complete, I have wonderful, lovely, darkened wire for my jewelry-making.
If you have any questions about these steps, my materials, or anything else; please don't hesitate to ask!