Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Let's talk Patina


  1. A green or brown film on the surface of bronze or similar metals, produced by oxidation over a long period.
  2. A gloss or sheen on wooden furniture produced by age and polishing.

There is just something so gratifying about patina.
 I am always amazed what mother nature can achieve ~ 

My goal is to reproduce, enhance and enjoy.... 
Looking at it draws you in and you want to know more.  

What's the story behind it?

It's romantic...

It's wondrous...

It's mysterious....

Today I wanted to share some of my favorite results, my inspiration & through the coming months, take you on a journey of understanding patina and achieving unique results.

My biggest inspiration is from Jana Scott in State College, PA.  
She created an extensive photography collection around patina and rust.  

Once I saw her work...
I was totally hooked and began my own personal journey in patina ~ 
I hope you'll join me in trials and tests as I forge ahead! 

Melinda Orr 


  1. You're doing some wonderful stuff with Patina Melinda, look forward to seeing more!

  2. Beautiful Melinda! I'm looking forward to seeing where your journey in patina takes you.

  3. Lve your patinas. I'm a metals nut and get such at thrill seeing what effects can appear on metals.

  4. ooooOOOOOOooooohhh! LOVE those purple earrings! Well, and the rest, too, but my ADOS really kicked in on those earrings. I have GOT to learn how to patina if I'm going to start playing with metals!

  5. Can't wait! All the bright colors are amazing, but I love the subtle changes in that copper cuff!

  6. Gorgeous pieces! I can't wait to follow your journey. You have created some beautiful pieces already.

  7. You create such awesome patinas, Melinda. I'll look forward to reading all your posts on this subject.

  8. Melinda, I love your work and what you do with patinas. I look forward to learning more. Those purple earrings are awesome and the cuff bracelet knocks my socks off.

  9. Back in the 90's I took a Decorative Paint Finishes course and learned how various products reacted on copper. That was all the rage back then. I love what you do with your copper pieces and the beautiful patina. Makes me want to get into metal work. I follow you with interest!
    Terra Beadworks


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