the lines” with the patina, and it stained the shiny surface of the Depending on the oxidization method, you can produce a range of iridescence and hues in your patina, from fiery pink, teal and peacock blue to dark-gray and black. pickle of 10 per cent sulphuric acid. Rub in a circular and back-and-forth motion to prevent scratching a pattern into the silver. How can I remove the patina in those areas Sometimes I have had oxidized pieces returned from various Follow the tumbler directions for use. Store silver items in cloth bags to prevent further tarnish from developing. Antiquing silver with kitty litter may not sound appealing, but recycling your cat's used clay-based or natural pine litter produces interesting results. Vincent Guy Audette. over again? Knead the bag to mash up the eggs; then add your silver to the bag. silver. By creating an account you agree to the Hunker, Jewelry Making Journal: How to Oxidize Sterling Silver With Boiled Eggs, Beaducation: video Class/Oxidizing and Finishing Metal, Jewelry Lessons: How to Make Your Own Patina for Sterling, Beading Daily: ABC's of Oxidizing Jewelry, Beading Gem: Tips on How to Use Boiled Eggs, Beaducation: Online Video Class to Make a Mandala, Beaducation: Online Video Class Hammered Textured Metal, Novica Blog: How to Clean and Care for Sterling Silver Jewelry. Leave it for a few minutes up to several hours, and remove the silver when it reaches the desired patina. Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. softish brush - old tooth brush? should do the job. You can re-heat the eggs to speed up the process if it's darkening too slowly. The hand rubbing involved in this process removes tarnish and also develops patina, a kind of coating that actually adds to the silver’s beauty. Just put your chain in the cyanide Natural Home-Based Silver Cleaner Solution, How to Prevent Rust Stains in Bathtubs & Sinks, Michigan State University: Homemade Cleaners, How to Clean Rust Corrosion on Brushed Chrome Plumbing Fixtures, How to Remove Water Stains From a Stainless Steel Stovetop. Jewelry featuring cubic zirconia, glass and man-made gemstones may be antiqued with liver of sulfur. thoroughly clean and completely grease free. After 2 to 2 1/2 minutes, the silver will be very dark. quenching in Sparex should do it. The other, and safer, way to clean silver is with a commercial polish. These dip cleaners are widely available, often even in Commercial silver polishes also effectively remove tarnish when applied to only those portions of the patina you wish to remove. piece in a few places. Boil the eggs for 10 to 15 minutes; shell them quickly; set aside the whites; and place the hot yolks into a zip-lock bag and seal. Hi Andy, You can use a non ecologic way by using potassium drawing into a small piece of a sheet of wax, cut around it and cast The way to make it ecologic, as I do, is to keep the same The patina gradually develops and deepens so keep an eye on it and remove the silver when the desired patina is reached; leave up to 10 hours for the maximum darkening effect. Wash well with a Sulphide is easily removed by dipping the piece in “SilverClean”. Ensure your piece has reached your desired level of patina before tumbling. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications. or a similar compound. If so, try laquer thinner or TIA, Andy Parker, Agate House Lapidary color in the carved lines with Jax Black patina using a 5-hair paint crevices with tooth picks, etc… Use rubber gloves - it isn’t good I have tried pickle Is there a chemical way to remove a black patina from sterling Niels, - from sunny (today) springtime Denmark, where the trees are Bring 1/2 gallon of water to a boil, and add 1/2 cup of baking soda. The ammonia in your cat's urine is the active ingredient in this method. solution for years in a good beaker with a good lid. Oxidizing silver jewelry and other silver items highlights the intricacy of the design. But when I first started working, I accidentally “colored outside Jerry in Kodiak Alaska Cheers. alkali; washing soda is good. The patina may be part of the design element on antiqued pieces. Dirt, tarnish and oxidation cause metal items to develop a patina over time. without wrecking the polished surface and having to polish it all A mixture of 1 teaspoon salt, 1 cup vinegar and enough flour to make a paste removes the patina on bronze and brass when rubbed onto the surface. Pickle or similar acids remove oxides, but are innefective on sulphids. For a teapot or items with larger surfaces, use about six egg yolks. With a mosaic of deeply etched designs that are perfect for the antiquing process, vintage cutlery can be handcrafted into jewelry, wind chimes, napkin rings, candleholders, lamps, wall hooks, spoon lights, abstract sculptures and more. Feathered Gems Pet Motif Jewelry Cream of tartar and boiling water removes the discolored patina on aluminum pots. It comes off easily with crocus The natural egg yolk oxidizing method should be used for jewelry with porous gemstones, such as turquoise, lapis lazuli and other soft stones and organics such as shell and pearls. Avoid abrasive cleaners because these cause scratches. Old silver coins can be transformed into beautiful jewelry and are used in home decorating projects, such as countertops and decor items like vases and sculpture. like. Andy; Re your problem withe the patina on s/s chain, if it’s Available in solid, gel and a convenient liquid formulation, liver of sulfur works quickly, and it's safe when used as directed in a well-ventilated area or outdoors, wearing safety glasses and plastic gloves. Choose from natural or chemical methods; hard-boiled egg yolks, kitty litter or liver of sulfur to give silver pieces that rustic, just-unearthed look and the patina of timeworn treasures. for hands. I normaly get Ulverston, Cumbria, England silver/copper sulphide. When it's ready, remove your piece, wash and dry thoroughly, and discard the eggs. print. although it is a sulphide layer. For a soft, brushed look, use fine steel wool to remove the patina. K.P. Toothpaste can also remove tarnish patina from silver items. For one piece of chain jewelry, such as a bracelet or necklace, use the yolks of one to three fresh eggs. oxidation. To enhance patina on silver jewelry and items with smooth surfaces, consider texturing the metal first by hammering. Within 10 minutes, the hot eggs release hydrogen sulfide, and the silver begins to darken. Andy, it may be black laquer. Or a strong oxidation ( or sulphide ) I would think repeatedly heating and completely even and very black. Kathy, try using baking a baking soda paste and your thumb to remove Rub in a circular and back-and-forth motion to prevent scratching a pattern into the silver. but this is not an option for the chain. With its pungent odor of rotten eggs, liver of sulfur (LOS) may stink, but it does a wonderful job of antiquing silver. the color you do not want. experienced this, and soaking in paint remover, and then boiling That Chrome fixtures, including faucets, towel bars and furniture accents, can develop a slight patina from fingerprints or dirt on the surface. To save time, simply use the whole egg, including the shells. The trick is a hard surface that will rid of it by repeatedly heating the piece and place it in a hot it out will help, but in the end you still have to work out the I made an experimental piece for learning purposes–carved a line mailto:@Steven_Brixner4 Regards Pickle or similar acids remove oxides, To antique silver items that are too big to submerse in a liquid formula, use a Q-tip to strategically apply the LOS solution. Dissolve the soda into the water, and then pour the hot solution over the silverware. brush. cyanide, it works very well. blue-black on it but it isn’t too likely. Before oxidizing, ensure your jewelry is clean, degreased and dry; otherwise, fingerprints and pockets of grime will appear in the patina. It worked–mostly. Fingerprints and dirt cause most of the patina on gold, so washing the metal with soapy water or cleaning it with a soft brush and toothpaste then buffing it dry usually removes the patina and brings back the shine. Candidates for antiquing include sterling silver blanks in a variety of shapes and sizes, stamped with letters and designs, to make articulated earrings, bracelets and necklaces. ----Barbara. At any stage, when the silver reaches the desired effect, immediately remove it from the LOS-and-water solution and submerge it in a clear water bath; then thoroughly rinse it under a faucet. Wash and dry the piece thoroughly; remove any tarnish you wish; then polish and seal. The black patina is probably silver sulphide, What worked right looks like a woodcut Another option for creating patina quickly and easily without oxidizing is to apply a black permanent marker all over the areas you want to patina, let it dry completely; then remove patina where desired. Brass, bronze and copper usually develop a patina from tarnish and air oxidation. http://www.featheredgems.com. A vinegar and salt paste, without the flour, works well for copper and brass. the grocery stores, and work quite well. The standard choice of many jewelry artisans, liver of sulfur is a mixture of potassium sulfides. http://www.netcomuk.co.uk/~andyp, Andy, I have always removed a black patina by heating the object good cleaning in the ultrasonic should work.