Heat Coloring Steel Online Workshop

"My biggest single problem is consistency and control of color."

I have several years experience with CNC cut artwork and heat coloring as primary decorative accent. – Biggest single problem is consistency and control of color.

Coloring the ocean with a large propane torch. For larger piecs of thinner steel, I do the coloring from one side to the other rather than with a uniform even heat on the whole piece.
A.S.

Take Control of Heat Coloring

My experience working with heat colors over the last three decades has given me the freedom to use them in ways beyond simply adding a splash of color to my metal art. 

When you’ve mastered the ability to get the colors you’re looking for exactly where you want them and begin combining heat colors with decorative grind patterns to get more sophisticated effects, the sky’s the limit.

Five elements play a vital role in your success with heat colors. When you have each of them dialed in, they will help you harness the spontaneity, beauty, and character heat colors offer to bring your artwork to life.

  • Your Workspace
  • Your Heat Source
  • Your Technique
  • Your Approach
  • Your Ingenuity

You’ll find all the details at the bottom of the page.

"However, I am not doing it correctly and experience many of the inconsistencies that would be expected from an individual who just grabs a torch and points it at a steel sheet."

Through unfortunate circumstances, I've ended up being the owner of a steel home decor business. Being a one-man operation, I have had to learn quite a few new skills and techniques to be able to make the items that customers count on from this business. Heat colored wall hangings are one such product.

However, I am not doing it correctly and experience many of the inconsistencies that would be expected from an individual who just grabs a torch and points it at a steel sheet. I have tried to research the subject before but not until now have I found something that actually attempts to comprehensively teach best practices in workspace, tools, prep and technique. So I am looking forward to learning. Thank you for sharing you knowledge.

Biggest challenge has been hotspots that develop on metal ends of laser cut images making consistent coloring hard or impossible to achieve. I still get great feedback but pieces look sub-standard to me. And they certainly aren't what I'm envisioning. Steel kinda controls me rather than the other way around.

Coloring the ocean with a large propane torch. For larger piecs of thinner steel, I do the coloring from one side to the other rather than with a uniform even heat on the whole piece.
Chris N.

Are you struggling to take control of heat colors?

Online Metal Art Heat Coloring Workshop

Learn to get the colors you want, precisely where you want them?

I share exactly how to get consistent results with heat coloring steel in my 2-hour online workshop.

We’ll go into detail about each of the five essentials that are necessary for mastering the art of heat coloring.

The Heat Color Spectrum
– What are heat colors?
– Your heat color palette?
– How are they unique among patinas?

Your Workspace
– Basic safety considerations
– Workstation options
– Lighting

Your Heat Source
– Choosing the Right Torch

Your Technique
What affects the result
– Torch pattern basics
– Adapting your technique to the job at hand

Your Approach
– Putting Heat Colors to Work
– The typical heat coloring sequence
– Applying solid colors beside each other
– Creating even color gradients

Your Ingenuity
– Adaptation and Innovation
– Advanced heat coloring techniques

All for only $27

I do metal art with painting only have not tried heat coloring yet but would love to learn. I have a plasma table so I cut out all sorts of things from sheets of flat steel mostly 26 gauge. It looks like it is something that I could incorporate with what I'm cutting out with my plasma table
Coloring the ocean with a large propane torch. For larger piecs of thinner steel, I do the coloring from one side to the other rather than with a uniform even heat on the whole piece.
Bruce P.
Metal Artist
I’m already using heat coloring, but always ready to learn more.
Coloring the ocean with a large propane torch. For larger piecs of thinner steel, I do the coloring from one side to the other rather than with a uniform even heat on the whole piece.
Pat G.
Metal Sculptor and Blacksmith

Master the Art of Heat Colored Steel Engraving

Want to learn how to make heat-colored steel engravings in your artistic style?

After two years in the making, my Art of Heat Colored Steel Engraving course is finally ready.

In it, you will learn the fundamental skills of the art, including:

  • Setting up your shop for success
  • Choosing the right tools
  • Getting your design onto the steel and making it permanent
  • Getting consistent results with heat coloring
  • Stretching your limits with decorative grinding
  • And every other aspect of the process, (full details below)

So you are confident, capable, and innovative in making heat-colored metal art in your own artistic style.

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You’ll also get instant access to my Free 5-Step Guide, ‘How to Make Heat Colored Steel Engravings’

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