Monday, August 15, 2011

ORRTEC's $50 Gift Certificate Giveaway and Free Patinated Earrings Tutorial

By on Monday, August 15, 2011 79 Comments

Before I started making jewelry, I used to think of patina in unflattering terms. But now, after seeing what some artisans do with deliberate patination, I have a totally different view.

Pennsylvanian Melinda Orr is one of these amazing designers who can make patina look outstanding.  Her recent free Sapphire Starry Night Earrings Patina Tutorial on her blog will convince you if my words don't.


The starting point for the earrings are brass findings. Her meticulous step-by-step instructions requires only common ingredients like household ammonia and coarse salt. She includes all sorts of tips including how to seal the final project.

If you are willing to have a go, Melinda has the kit in her Etsy store called ORRTEC.  Even better, she is sponsoring this $50 gift certificate towards any item(s) of the winner's choice, be they finished jewelry or jewelry making components. Shown here are some of my favorites.

Rustic Flower Necklace
Melinda sells these 2 inch brass cuffs. But what caught my eye was her awesome inspirational design next to the unfinished cuff. She created it with hammering and riveting techniques.


Rodeo Toggle Clasp in Aluminum
Simple and ordinary brass mini butterflies they may be but in Melinda's hands, they are transformed into unique earrings!


Oxidized Ancient Roman Medallion with Rustic Patina Copper Necklace
Giveaway
For your chance to win this $50 gift certificate, all you have to do is make a comment below. Extra entries if you become or are a blog subscriber or follower etc and help publicize it, those will count as additional entries too!  Please say so in the comments.

The giveaway ends in a week's time at 6 pm EST Monday, August 22, 2011. I will pick two winners randomly and announce the results as soon as possible after. So be sure to come back and check! Good luck!

Subscribers : To comment, click on the post title to return to the blog post. At the bottom, click on "Comments". If you do not have a website or online store, use Name/URL - and leave the URL blank.

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79 comments:

  1. Her work is fabulous! I especially love the last one with the blue/green tones.

    I must look at her tutorial. Using household items is great.

    I am a facebook fan and a blog subscriber.

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  2. Love it, love it, love it!!

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  3. Oh, I'm a Facebook fan, too.

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  4. Just love it!!! So many ways to embellish brass. I am a facebook subscriber as well. Thanks

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  5. I love the tutorial for Melinda's Patina, I can't wait to try it. :-)

    I'm a Blog subscriber and also a Facebook Fan

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  6. Melinda's pieces are fantastic! I'm going to try this patina this week - just lovely!

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  7. Melinda is a true artist--to take something so plain and turn it into wearable art shows her talent. Fabulous!

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  8. Wow! Those blue earrings are just gorgeous! I went to her site to read the tutorial and had to sign up to follow! Beautiful!

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  9. wow this is some nice work! I will certainly be taking tips from the tutorial.

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  10. Her work is really good. So many different colours and textures on metal...and a really great giveaway..the items in her shop are really beautiful :)

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  11. I am a blog follower and a Facebook fan

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  12. Ok, here goes. I'm a blog subscriber, facebook fan, and twitter follower. I did a shout out on FB and Twitter, and +1ed it on Google...does that count as an entry...lol...

    Really, this is an awesome giveaway from an awesome artist. Thank you for sharing!

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  13. I absolutely LOVE the cuffs! I was like you and thought patina meant old and dirty.. now I'm in love with it!!

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  14. I love her work and would love to win this giveaway. I particularly love copper and would love to be able to do more with it. Thanks

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  15. I follow your blog.

    http://KayzKreationz.blogspot.com

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  16. I follow you on twitter.

    http://twitter.com/KayzKreationz

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  17. I "like" you on facebook.

    http://facebook.com/KayzKreationzGlassKreationz

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  18. bmeagher@sympatico.caAugust 15, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Absolutely love the warmth exhibited by the patination!!

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  19. Just tweeted about your giveaway.

    http://twitter.com/KayzKreationz

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  20. Just posted on my facebook page about your giveaway.

    http://facebook.com/KayzKreationzGlassKreationz

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  21. I absolutely LOVE the butterfly earrings! I'm just starting to learn riveting... messed up a lot of copper so far... :)

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  22. Thank you so much for spotlighting this amazing artist. I also am one that wasn't to impressesd with patina jewelry. After seeing this article, looking at her Etsy shop, adding her as a favorite there and also on Facebook and seeing pictures of her work posted there, I am now wanting to start work with this media. This Etsy shop is so much different than mine but it gives me ideas on how to make my shop better. Thank you again, Lori

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  23. I love the metals and colors they have created. Gorgeous!

    clenna at aol dot com

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  24. I posted on my FB wall: http://www.facebook.com/clenna?ref=profile

    clenna at aol dot com

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  25. I checked out Melinda's blog, it is very impressive. I am going to try that ammonia trick.

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  26. I subscribe via email

    clenna at aol dot com

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  27. I follow via Google.

    clenna at aol dot com

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  28. I follow on FB

    clenna at aol dot com

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  29. I blogged http://gemtrails.blogspot.com/2011/08/50-gift-certificate-giveaway-at-beading.html

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  30. I love Melinda's work!! She is also a very generous,open artisan who gives very freely(like you Pearl)and I'd love to own some of her work!!
    Thanks for yet another awesome giveaway!!!

    lunrei(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  31. I subscribe via email

    lunrei(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  32. GFC follower MoonRae

    lunrei(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  33. Sharon Siqueiros loves ya on FB

    lunrei(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  34. SharonSiqueiros follows you on twitter

    lunrei(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  35. I am a devout follower and have used so many of your tutorials and had great responses to the finished items. I would love to win this so I can once more learn one more technique. I'm a follower on FB, Twitter, and have referred about you many times in the blog I belong to and to emails to friends in the artisan community.

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  36. I used to think that Patina was not pretty also....But seeing everything you do with the metal and patina-ing it makes is really beautiful!

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  37. I follow Beading Gem on facebook and have followed Melinda Orr for a while on facebook also!!

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  38. Lovely, lovely things. I've posted an annoucement on my blog (http://eclecticjewelrybox.com/jewelry-blog/) and on facebook. I'm going to read the tutorial right now.

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  39. Yes, please!

    I'm a Facebook fan.

    I subscribe via email.

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  40. I love these, what a great giveaway! I am a blog subscriber, a Facebook Fan page, and a Twitter follower.

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  41. Wow, that is a fantastic giveaway! I'd love to be entered in for the gift certificate. Thank you!

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  42. Love the giveaway...always figured patinating things was tedious...not so!
    I follow you on Facebook and via email.

    Thanks...Heather.. figgyd_ca at yahoo dot ca

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  43. I love your things, especially the earrings and bracelets!!

    DESPINA
    deb_oro@yahoo.gr

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  44. I also blog follower -of this blog and hers!

    DESPINA
    deb_oro@yahoo.gr

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  45. AND I also a Facebook follower of the Beading Gem and Melinda Orr Designs, as Despina Vnt

    DESPINA
    deb_oro@yahoo.gr

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  46. I love the beautiful jewelry such as the Celestial Stone Butterfly Brass Cuff and Copper Bracelet.

    shilobeedy@gmail.com

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  47. What an awesome looking toggle and the blue patina on the Roman medallion... equally stunning. Beautiful work, I will check our her site.

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  48. I love metals that have a patina. This would be so cool to win!
    I am a follower and I am a FB fan. I also shared this on my FB page.

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  49. Just tweeted again about the giveaway. I love that patina and those earrings.

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  50. Melinda's work is really unique! I'd love to win the Turquoise Swirl Bangles, the aquamarine is a stunner!

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/73300340/peace-creek-bangles-flowers-and

    Thanks for the lovely giveaway.

    yumihamano@gmail.com

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  51. GFC follower (jc)
    Like on FB (jc loh)

    yumihamano@gmail.com

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  52. Her work is beautiful, I love everything!
    halochanel at gmail dot com

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  53. new email subscriber
    halochanel at gmail dot com

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  54. Like on facebook (Kiberly Fine Wright)
    halochanel at gmail dot com

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  55. following on twitter @WrightWin
    halochanel at gmail dot com

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  56. I love the blue and green tones in this piece! I did not care for patina when I first became aware of it, but now I really like it! Thanks for the chance to win the gift certificate. I am a blog foloower (both of your blogs)

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  57. Posted the giveaway on Facebook!
    https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Pine-Ridge-Treasures/205451472805925

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  58. Posted the giveaway on my blog!
    http://pineridgetreasures.blogspot.com/2011/08/another-giveaway-patina-tutorial.html

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  59. Beautiful! I wish I had time to do metalwork like that ... I'd love to win a gift certificate to the Orrtec shop. =)

    jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

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  60. Oops! Forgot to mention I'm a blog subscriber via e-mail.

    jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

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  61. Love Melinda's work! She has a fabulous style! I have always been crazy about the look of patina-ed metals, and have done similar techniques with the ammonia and salt many times with copper which give more of a green patina. The blue that the brass creates with this technique is really gorgeous as well. Thanks for sharing this cool looking project!

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  62. Thanks for this giveaway! This is so cool!

    (I am a FB fan as well (Anna Belkina))

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  63. I love the use of copper and leather, hence my fav are: the peace creek bangles.
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/73300340/peace-creek-bangles-flowers-and
    Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
    lukathewriter (at) gmail (dot) com

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  64. Love it!

    clarkgsc71@yahoo.com

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  65. I just love her work and would love to win the GC to pick up some components

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  66. I follow you thru twitter

    shaiha_

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  67. I liked you thru FB under Shay Williams

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  68. I really enjoy trying to get different patinas.

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  69. She makes lovely components so of cause I'd love a chance to win the certificate!

    I follow the blog and on Twitter.

    PS!I got the Modahaus desktop studio the other week and love it. Finally a really crisp white background that I can hide away from dirty cat paws and coloured backgrounds without the issues printed papers have. Again, thank you for your giveaways!

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  70. This is impressive!! I wish I can learn how to do this

    Ioanna, yana_ven@yahoo.gr

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  71. Love Melinda's work!

    firedupladies@live.com

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  72. i love the Rodeo Toggle Clasp in Aluminum it lovely

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