I love embellishing my vintage junk journals with metals of all kinds - charms, pins, paperclips, etc. But finding them in the antiqued/bronze finish that I like is not always easy, and they can be expensive.
I want to show you how it can be done with supplies you might already have on hand for other purposes.
When I first started, I looked up 'alcohol ink on metal' on YouTube and found this excellent video from several years ago:
The first photo shows the result of using the Caramel alcohol ink by Ranger on silver paperclips, both smooth and ribbed, in the same manner as shown in the video.
The second photo is the effect produced by dabbing Ranger's Vintaj Patina in the Clay color with a makeup sponge. The finish is more matte and textured, and looks like rusted metal.
I like both and I haven't found that the finish wears off. And even if it did a little, I feel it would only enhance their vintage quality. Other items I've refinished include: