patina alternative

by Karen
(Pennington Gap VA)

I am low on cash and would like to find an alternative to patina to color my solder. Is there anything I could use that would be really cheap?


Anything I can think of would be as expensive or more expensive than patina.

You could buy a box of copper sulphate crystals and make your own patina. The box would be as expensive as a bottle of patina, but it would make ten bottles or more of patina.

I don't know of anything around the house that would color the solder. Perhaps someone reading this has some ideas. If so, they will put them in the comments section below.

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Dec 19, 2011
Inexpensive Patina Alternative
by: Anonymous

My stained glass teacher used Bon Ami (yes, the cleanser!) to remove flux, and make a nice slightly darkened patina on solder and came. I've always used it. Thinking of using it on my pewter goblets, even! ;)

May 12, 2011
percent copper sulfate for black patina
by: Anonymous

Please share your recipe for the percent of copper sulfate for the various colors -- especially black. Thanks

Feb 14, 2011
black patina
by: Anonymous

Please, tell my how to do this patina. How many grams of copper sulphate in how much water??? Nothing else to add????

Thank you

Jan 06, 2011
Copper Sulphate Patina
by: Anonymous

What do you add to your copper sulphate crystals?


Warm water

Dec 21, 2010
make your own patina
by: Anonymous

Making your own patina is awesome. I bought a jar of copper sulphate at my local drugstore for under 10 dollar s...with it I can make patina in color ranging from light copper to black....really economical and gives you a lot more freedom to get the color you want. I mix batches of it and keep them labeled in old coffee jars ready to go...For the most part I have copper bronze and black ready to go...good luck and have fun with your glasswork.

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