Every now and then, there is a merging of product lines that is wonderfully helpful and organic. Recently, Vintaj (a line of metal jewelry components) has teamed up with Ranger to create a specialty line of metal paints- Vintaj Patinas .
Here’s how it’s described on the website.
Vintaj Patinas are opaque inks specially formulated by Ranger to adhere to metal. They create beautiful and durable patina effects. The Patinas will colorize Vintaj Natural Brass Company findings and filigrees (as well as other metals) for gorgeous jewelry and crafting projects.
• Opaque inks for metal
• 15 blendable colors
• 5 kits of 3 colors each
• Fast drying satin finish
• No acids and UV safe
Glaze can be used as a sealer for natural metals to prevent oxidation, mixed with Vintaj Patinas for an extender, and to create glaze-like effects over paints and inks. It is fast-drying, durable and permanent with a satin finish. Vintaj Glaze
* Clear top coat & Patina extender for metal
* Non-yellowing, non-cracking
* Permanent when dry
* Fast drying, durable satin finish
* No acids
I also found this video on YouTube- which gives you a demonstration on how to use the paints:
All information that’s good to know! Now…let’s take a closer look!
I did notice some separation of the color and medium on one of my bottles- but a vigorous 10 second shake loose the ball bearing inside and remix the colors.
The consistency is a lot like a liquid ink- very fluid and watery. I noticed very mild “painty” odor. (By the way, please note that these paints are NOT non-toxic and should be used by adults only. They contain Ethylene Glycol Monobutyl Ether and there are precautions to avoid contact with skin. (!) Keep this away from your kiddos and DON’T apply it with your fingers, OK?
Per the instructions, I started dabbing it on with paint brush. Because it’s a watery consistency, it settled immediately into the recesses of the patterned metal, creating a lovely relief.
Next, I tried mixing the colors by dabbing the additional colors- they do come 3 to a pack- and created a cool copper patina effect on this rusted metal heart. I did notice that the Vintaj Patinas set up very quickly- especially if you are working in thin coats. You may want to add a drop of the Glaze to act as an extender so you can lengthen your working time.
I got to thinking about all of the different metal surfaces I could try Vintaj Patinas on. Take look at my swatches:
I tried to speed-dry the wet Patinas by hitting it with my heat gun. I must have applied the patina too thickly, because it started to bubble! YIPES! So keep the layers thin and the heat tool moving to avoid them.
Also used the Vintaj Metal Reliefing Block (a sanding/buffing block) to lightly sand my textured pieces. This removes the color from the raised surfaces, enhancing your texture even more. If you like this look, you’ll really want to add the Reliefing Block to your shopping list.
Remember that perforated metal bit from my swatches? It’s actually a piece from a metal vegetable steamer. I used Vintaj metal elements and Patinas to work on this necklace.
For another look at how Vintaj Patinas can be used, take a look at my friend Eva Sherman’s blog. (Hint- it’s lovely!)
So here’s the lowdown- the paints retail for abut $12.99 USD, and are available at stores such as Hobby Lobby and online- (even at Amazon.com, and I have my affiliate links below.) I’m actually pretty excited to get some more colors- I love being able to manipulate the metal to match my projects. It actually makes any metal embellishment fair game! They were easy to work with and are a great addition to both the Ranger and Vintaj lines.
Disclosure- Samples provided for review.
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