#TipTuesday How to Apply Patina

Intentionally added patina can add an air of mystery, an antique flair, or a shimmer of rainbow depth to a piece of jewelry. We often apply a patina to a piece if it has especially good details or if it is over a certain age. Applied patina is typically more even than a natural patina and some people prefer the even results of this technique over an uneven, but traditional patina. In this post we share one of our patina techniques with you…

Wash the jewelry item with de-greaser. We use water, dish soap and ammonia. Dry thoroughly.

Place the item in a liver of sulfur mixture. You can purchase liquid liver of sulfur online. Swish the item in the mix for 10-15 seconds. Use a wooden or plastic implement to remove it from the mix. Set the piece in a safe place to dry and set a timer for 2 minutes.

When the timer beeps check the level of patina. If you like it move to the next step. If you want a darker patina set the timer and wait longer.

Once you like the level of patina, neutralize the chemical reaction with a mixture of baking soda and water. Wash the item and dry it thoroughly.

Congrats! You have created a beautiful patina that adds depth and character to your jewelry item.

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