An intentionally added patina can add an air of mystery, an antique flair, or a shimmer of rainbow depth to a piece of silver jewelry. An 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.
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How to Apply Patina
Wash the silver with a degreaser; you can use water, dish soap, and ammonia. Dry thoroughly.
Place the item you wish to add patina too, in a liver of sulfur mixture. You can purchase liquid liver of sulfur online. Swish the jewelry (very technical terms, I know) in the mix for 10-15 seconds. Then use a wooden or plastic utensil to remove the silver jewelry. Set the piece in a safe place to dry and set a timer for 2 minutes.
When the timer beeps, check the level of the patina. If you like the new color proceed 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.
Congratulations! You have created a beautiful patina that adds depth and character to your jewelry item.
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