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Patina and the Patina Process for All Levels

Everything You Want to Know

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This course is listed in the Basics, Beyond-the-Basics, and Challenges Course Categories because it has information and practical applications for all levels. For the novices, it has foundational information to understand what a patina is and how to best achieve a good looking piece using patina. For the experienced and experts, you'll learn how to enhance your pieces' character and depth using patina. Any level clayer will get something out of this course.

There are five parts, each with its own video. These parts are as follows.

  1. Patinas – The course focuses on oxidizing agents used to patina or blacken your metal clay pieces. You’ll learn more about oxidation than you may have wanted to know.
  2. The Patina Process – Patina is easy as hang, dip, rinse. Then why is this the longest video? There’s more to the process than meets the eye.
  3. Before and After the Patina – There are some steps that may be unique to Kris’ overall process. In this part you’ll learn about the porous nature of silver metal from clay and what you can do to slow the natural tarnishing process.
  4. Protecting the Patina – Sometimes you need to protect a patinaed part from a polishing cloth or wear 'n tear. Kris shares her home-grown method.
  5. Removing the Patina – For whatever the reason, you can remove patina and start fresh on a metal clay creation.

This course was built using 43 raw movies and well over 65 photos.


Your Instructor


Kris Kramer
Kris Kramer

First, Kris created I Love Silver for novice to expert metal clay artists and artisans, because she loves metal clay and wants to share.

Kris designs and creates fine and sterling silver, minuscule sculptures as pendants, earrings, charms, rings, and more. Her work features landscapes, wildlife, tracks, and bits of nature. Her medium is precious metal clay.

What is Metal Clay? Watch Meet Metal Clay.

Learn more about Kris and her art process.

Kris is a PMC Senior Instructor certified by PMC Connection and Rio-Rewards Certified by RioGrande, thanks in part to a grant from the Montana Art Council, an agency of the State Government. She “passed with distinction the certification review” by the Montana Arts Council, signaling that she has developed a sustainable business in art. The additional honor of distinction was awarded based on a demonstrated depth of understanding of her art and the development of a strong brand suited for her specific business niche.

To see Kris' current and available work, go to The Silver Pendant.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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