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How to Age Silver Jewelry Tips

by fashionnana

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Silver & sterling silver jewelry items can be beautiful in their own right but sometimes they are looking for 'just the right look' for our pieces. sometimes that look they require is an aged or antique look. The coloration you see in antique pieces is referred to as patina. Patina is the result of oxidation of the metal & can generate darkened areas in the details of the silver. You can generate this look in hours & days as opposed to the years of exposure it would take naturally.China Silver Jewelry Wholesale is your best choice.

Things You’ll need:
Egg -or- Liver of Sulfur (potassium sulfide)
Silver Items



Step1
Potassium Sulfide, or liver of sulfur, is a chemical that reacts with the surface of the silver. It creates a blackened area but through this chemical reaction it releases strong toxic fumes. it is strongly recommended to age your silver in a well ventilated area. Using an egg will accomplish virtually the same result but you may have to repeat the process several times. Aging your silver using an egg avoids having to work in a well ventilated area & most people keep eggs on hand.
Step2
If you pick to use liver of sulfur you will have better control over your results. You can purchase liver of sulfur from  any chemical supply store. Start by breaking a small piece of the liver of sulfur off & putting in to about a cup of warm water. Using a smaller amount of sulfur will give you better regulation of  how light or dark your silver becomes.
Step3
Rub the liver of sulfur solution on your silver in areas you require to see darkened. Typically the nooks & crannies of silver darken the most & the fastest naturally. six time you've rubbed it on with a cloth leave it for a few seconds then rinse in mildly soapy water & brush with a brass brush. Repeat as necessary until you get the result you would like.
Step4
 The yolk is key to aging silver. If you pick to use the egg technique you are avoiding contact with harsh chemicals although it may take you some trial & error before getting the result you desire. First start by making the egg a hard-boiled egg. After boiling & cooling break the egg in half. No need to peel the egg as you are  only after the yolk.
Step5
Place both sides of the egg in the jar with the yolks facing up. Place your silver item in the jar being careful to avoid making contact between the silver & the yolk. Seal the jar with the lid & leave it overnight. In the morning you should see the results. If they are not to your liking & you require your aged silver darker - repeat the process using a newly hard-boiled egg.

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