Patinas: Color on Metal

Course Description

About this course


Bring the colors of summer to your artwork with patinas and create a unique palette including rich blues, greens and reds. Students will explore both traditional and new patination techniques for copper, bronze, and brass. Techniques include hot and cold immersion, buried, fumed, pastes and paints. Surface preparation, tools, sealants and safety procedures will also be taught. Dabble in the scientific side of metalsmithing and create samples for future reference. If time permits, incorporating patinas into jewelry will be discussed. Wrap up the weekend with samples, recipes, resources, and many ideas for further exploration of these techniques and how they might lead your work in new directions.

Meet the Instructor

Lauren Beaudoin

Lauren Anabela Beaudoin is an artist, metalsmith and founder of Creative Dexterity, which launched in 2007. The name reflects the ways in which her hands play a major role in her creative process, whether holding a pencil, hammer, torch or, ultimately, Lauren’s finished work. In a way, creating and dexterity go “hand in hand.”

After taking her first metalsmithing class as a teen Lauren knew this was a passion she wanted to pursue.  This led her to the Massachusetts College of Art and Design where she earned her BFA in metals in 2004.  

Lauren’s design style is a considered crisp, industrial, simple yet elegant.  Her latest series include the Computer Key Jewelry, which use upcycled computer keys as a quirky commentary to contemporary culture and the Modern and O.C.D. Series which investigate shape, color and kinetic elements.  Her work can be viewed in April's 2009 Macworld Magazine addition and soon to be featured in Retrash, which was released in September of 2014

Beaudoin has been former Metals Department Head at the Worcester Center for Crafts where she continues to instruct adult school courses in the metals program. She currently resides in Western Massachusetts where she is an active studio artist.

Materials & Tools 

There is a $45 materials fee for this course which is payable upon registration and includes many various patina solutions, copper, brass and bronze sheet metal, filters for respirators, and various other supplies necessary for these assorted processes. 

Students should bring 

Students must purchase a respirator if they do not already own one. Metalwerx will be providing the correct filters for use in your respirator, but since these are sized to fit your individual face, we cannot supply the respirators as part of the materials fee. You will need to order your respirator with enough time to try it on for a tight seal and exchange for another size if necessary.

Please buy a 3M Half-Face Respirators, 7500 Series. These can be purchased from Rio Grande.

Students should also bring:

  • Notebooks and writing utensils
  • Proper dress code (close toed shoes, long pants, work aprons etc.)
  • Various size plastic containers with plastic lids
  • Please arrive in proper attire for working with chemicals: close toed shoes, long pants, work aprons



Materials Cost



Lauren Beaudoin


June 2 -3, 2018


10:00 AM -5:00 PM


2 days

Basic and above
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