Do you want to know how to patina copper pennies? I love penny projects and I wanted to try to patina copper pennies and create a fun display with our initials on wooden letters that I had on hand. I’ll show you how to patina pennies and then create a lovely display.
What is copper patina? It’s that green patina color that shows up on copper items giving copper an aged look and giving it a color change.
If you want to know how to clean copper pieces please check out my other post regarding that.
How To Patina Copper
Let’s get started on the patina process.
1. Wash Your Pennies –
Wash your pennies with Dawn, hot water, and baking soda to clean off the oils and dirt on them.
2. Drain, Rinse, & Dry your copper
Drain the soapy baking soda water, rinse the pennies off with warm water, and let them dry.
3. soak copper in vinegar and salt mixture
To create the patina solution, mix together equal parts of white vinegar and table salt so that it coats all of the pennies. Let the pennies soak for 30 minutes so the chemical process and chemical reaction can take place. I did this in a small plastic container.
4. drain the mixture
Drain out the mixture but don’t rinse them with clean water.
5. Air dry the copper
Place the pennies on a baking sheet and let them dry completely so the oxidation process can complete its magic. You can add more salt over them as they’re drying if you wish. Pennies will patina at different rates and colors, and you’ll see the surface of copper change.
Once they’re dry they are ready to use. You’ll get a green color, brown color, and sometimes you can even get a little blue patina color that comes out. This is one of the simplest methods for patina vs the natural patina aging process, and you can get your desired color and an antique look easily.
How To Patina Copper Pennies DIY
I had these plain letters that I wanted to spruce up. I decided to use these lovely patina pennies for the project.
I placed my pennies onto the letters.
I hot glued the pennies into place.
Then you can hang them up in your home.
There are so many possible places to use these fun letters.
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