I thought I would take my jewelry to another level by adding patina to some of my pieces. For example, I’ve been having a great time with the fish, but was wondering what they would look like with a classic green patina. So I went to my local jewelry supply company, CR Hill (just down the road from the house, how convenient) and looked at the packaged solutions. I purchased what promised to be “green.” Let me tell you, if you are interested in green, stay away from the manufactured liquid. It was a putrid green, not what I expected, and on a fish I really liked. I decided to pickle the fish in an attempt to get the green off. I was pleasantly surprised to lift it out of the pickle pot. It had amazingly turned to a nice shade of salmon. I liked it! (Fish = salmon, get it?) During my trip to the store, I also picked up some liver of sulfur. Liver of sulfur is supposed to add an antique or shadowy look to your metal pieces. I like shiny and polished, but I thought I would experiment with another look. First of all, do NOT do what I did. I followed the directions on the container: one teaspoon to 12 ounces of warm water. It’s way, way, way too much chemical. It will overpower the piece turning it completely black, and stink up the kitchen so much that throwing up is a definite possibility I also threw in completed pieces. If you are going to experiment, use scrap metal, not something you really like. Of course, I didn’t learn this until after my experiment. I was nearly in tears, but brought my disaster to class. After an all night tumbling, the pieces were still too dark. Mary told me to use steel wool to take some of the finish off, and it worked. I also Dremeled all the pieces with a wire brush. Here they are: not perfect but better than black. >Free wrapped trapped crystal pendant.
For those of you who are novices in jewelry making, please, learn from my mistakes. For finishes, easy does it.