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Add more color to your pieces and make your details pop with patinas! Patinas allow you to not only darken the recesses in texture, but also to change the color of the surface of your metal.
In this 4 week class with Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick, you will learn about a variety of patinas that you can produce with heat, chemicals and more. Topics covered include: Application methods for patinas, surface preparation, chemical basics, mixing patinas, how patinas interact with different metals, how to make the most of patinas, finishing, and sealing.
• What are patinas?
• Methods for applying patinas including surface preparation and chemical basics
• How patinas react to different metals
• Finishing and sealing patinas
• Mixing patinas
• Heat patinas
• Demonstrations of a variety of patinas for brass, copper, and sterling.
This course is available as an in-person workshop or live online class. Please check this page for times and formats available.
A kit of materials is included with this class.
Online students will have kits mailed to them. Kits for in-person students are delivered at the beginning of the first class.
Please review our COVID-19 guidelines for in-person students.
For the health and safety our staff and students, students are required to show proof of vaccination and to wear masks when attending classes at our school. If you can’t meet these requirements, we invite you to take the online version of this class instead, if available. Please visit our COVID-19 Updates page for more information.
Recordings of class
If a class is online, or is a combination online and in-person session, all students receive a link to a recording of the class demonstrations. In-person only workshops are not recorded.
Classes at our school include use of tools, with each student having their own bench to use during class. Online students will need to have their own tools (see the list of tools below).
Tools Required for Online Students
This is a list of tools online students need to practice the techniques shown in class. (in-person students have tools to use at school)
A list of tools with links to recommended suppliers for the best prices will be sent to you after registration. If you have questions about the tool list, please contact us.
- White Vinegar
- Kosher Salt
- Liquid dish soap
- Gladware or other sealable containers
- Soft rag or paper towel
- Hot plate
- Disposable chopsticks or spatula for mixing
- Bench pin
- Saw frame
- 2/0 or 3/0 or 4/0 saw blades
- Needle file set of 6
- 1mm drill bit
- Pin vise drill or flexshaft/dremel
- Chasing hammer or riveting hammer
- Steel bench block
- Kitchen scale with gram measurements
This course meets for 4 weeks, 3 hours per week, for a total of 12 hours.
About Our Interactive Online Classes
If this class is offered online, it uses the Zoom app/website. Through Zoom, you’ll be able to see demos and follow instructions, ask questions and interact with your instructor. Zoom is easy to use and free for students to use for class, and works on most devices, like phones (iphone, Android, etc), tablets (iPads, etc), and computers (Mac or PC).
Your instructor is also available during free Zoom office hours for questions and help.
Online students work at home or in their studio. All of our recommended tools and the kit materials are chosen to be home studio friendly. Links to preferred vendors are provided in the supplies list sent after registration.
Read what students have to say about our online classes on the testimonials page.
Class policies for refunds, transfers and cancelations.
Students should have taken Jewelry 1 or an introductory course. Sawing, drilling, and filing skills will be used. Alternatively, if you have copper, brass, or bronze pieces that you have had cast or premade that you want to patina, please contact us and we can pre-cut your metal in the kit.
Location: Silvera Jewelry School, Berkeley, CA
Jenn Parnell Kirkpatrick