Patina Blog Hop hosted by Kathy Lindemer of Bay Moon Design

Hello Patina Blog Hoppers!


Back in January I was accepted by Kathy Lindemer to participate in her Patina Blog Hop. I received a Vintaj 26mm (.6mm thick), Arte Metal, Compass Decorivet with two posterior prongs like you see at right.        

 I knew I wanted to make a cuff style bracelet from dark repurposed belt leather, The compass its self was dark and sometimes the point of patina is to completely change the look of a piece, so that was my leaping off point.

 Since the compass rose has a travel/nautical background and I am a Navy wife, I thought it only seemed fitting to add a couple of anchors to my cuff.  These anchor charms were already silver, but it didn't match the Ranger Patina in Nouveau Silver that I planned to use for good contrast.

First coat of nouveau silver

So after two coats of silver I decided to give the piece a bit of a scuff with some fine grit sanding pads.  Rustic and crusty as you see at right, but not quite what I wanted, this is a PATINA challenge after all!

So for my next trick... I added a bit of brown acrylic paint which I painted on, let set a minute or two and then...mostly wiped off.  Just to add a bit of that ancient look I was seeking. I sealed everything with Vintaj matte sealant for metal and let it cure.

 I then measured and poked holes in the leather and hole punched the center of the compass so I could add a rivet and a dash of E6000 for a secure hold in addition to the prongs.

I punched smaller holes on either side of the focal and using a 24g silver tone wire, wired the anchors in place. Prior to added my patina pieces I cut trimmed and colored the edges of the leather, I set a snap closure in silver tone.

I have to say.... I LOVE this!  I am torn as to whether to keep this for myself or offer it up for sale.  I do think this could be uni-sex too although I didn't set out to do so.  
I have decided to name this piece 
a nautical greeting for good luck and safe travels.

So ~ a BIG  THANK YOU to Kathy our gracious hostess for this cool opportunity and to you dear reader...I appreciate you reading all the way to the bottom.

If you are already a follower of my blog I am indebted to you. 
If you aren't yet,  I would be obliged if you would consider joining me~ [a button on your left makes it easy peasy].

Hop to the bottom of the page for a list of all the participants~
Warm Regards,


Hostess:  Kathy Lindemer,  BayMoonDesign 

Jennifer LaVite, Dry Gulch Beads and Jewelry

Karia Morgan, Texas Pepper Jams 

Carolyn Lawson, Carolyn's Creations

Shai Williams, Shaiha's Ramblings

Jessica MurrayWhimsical Monkey
Tammie Everly, TTE Designs   <<< You are here

Kay Thomerson, KayzKreationz Blog

Claire Fabian, Saraccino 

Christie Searle Murrow Charis Designs


  1. Love how you added just the right amount of grunge to it. Neat cuff!

  2. This turned out great! I'd want to keep it too. :)

  3. Tammy-The cuff is perfect for you. I think you should keep it. It can help you advertise you are a proud Navy wife AND talented artisan. I am so glad you participated in this challenge!

  4. I'm really in love with what you've done.I can't seem to part with mine, either. And now I have to get the Nouveau Silver (if I can find it.)

  5. I just love it! Looks like a bracelet that I would toss on when I am wearing jeans and a boots.

  6. Oh, the patina is really sooo great! Beautiful :)

  7. Tammie, I love how your patina turned out on the compass and how your cuff bracelet turned out so much. The leather is great---one of your husband's old belts or one of your thrifty finds? I'm going to go look in the back of our closet and see what I come up with. Did you use a snap rivet for the closure? I love reading your posts----you are a frugal and crafty lady!

  8. Fabulous cuff! The patina turned out so well! I like the anchors you added. They go so well together. I'm going to get some of that Nouveau silver. Beautiful color!

  9. Love it Tammie, I can see why you want to keep it!

  10. Okay- that is seriously cool! Your patina makes it look like treasure from the sea and the anchors are the perfect touch. I'm a little late to the hop, but loving how one element ends up being transformed in so many different ways. Christie

  11. Tammie, this turned out really cute. I wanted to try a snap closure to my leather, but didn't know how, so settled on the chains. Love the antique look to your compass. I finally got my pictures reloaded and my blog post/reveal up for my compass.

  12. I love how your cuff turned out, very neat, and the patina is perfect!!! The perfect cuff for a Navy wife!!!

  13. You should SO keep this! It's too gorgeous! My family has a long naval history and I've grown up surrounded by the sea so I'm probably completely biased, but this is so eye-catching and unique I think it's beautiful. Hope you keep it and wear it with pride - you're so talented! hugs from Shroo:)x


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