How To Oxidize Your Jewelry Using Liver of Sulphur

December 13th, 2010 in Earrings | 1 Comment

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Occasionally I did receive inquiry from beaders about the wire used by Emi to make above similar finishing earring. All the while I only know the theory behind until I have attended Silversmithing class conducted by Emi. Today I’m going to show you how to do it, though not a very detail step by step, but should be able to give you a good idea of how to use the Liver of Sulphur to oxidize Silver (or Copper or Brass).

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The above picture shown a pair of earrings crafted using sterling silver wires with Cubic Zirconia briolette.

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The detail – a weave technique taught in Step by Step Wire Jewelry Dec 2010/Jan 2011 issue.

Instruction:

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To oxidize silver, you will need Liver of Sulphur and hot water. Make sure you do it in a well ventilated area, as the fume can be toxic.

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Add a little bit of Liver of Sulphur to hot water until the water looks yellowish/brownish color.

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Let’s watch the magic…

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You will notice the color of your jewelry change slowly from white to blue/green/grey color.

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This is how it looks after 60 seconds…

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To achieve its darkest look, just immerse your jewelry in the solution in longer time, say approximate 3-5 minutes. Remove the piece from the solution and rinse with water. The result was a matte finish dark grey color (it’s not black).

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In my project, I would like to have the earring in shine finishing. I need to bind the Cubic Zirconia Briolette with copper wires before send it for tumbling.

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This was the result after tumbling….nice huh?

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In final step, use very fine steel wool (#0000) to partially remove the oxidized surface and you will achieve the following antiqued finishing:

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In case you are interested to make the above earring, feel free to do so.

Material Lists:
1) 16 gauge Sterling Silver Round Wire
2) 18 gauge Sterling Silver Round Wire
3) 20 gauge Sterling Silver Twisted Wire
4) 26 gauge Fine Silver Round Wire
5) 2.5mm Sterling Silver Beads
6) Cubic Zirconia, Tanzanite Color, Flat Briolette.

Credit: The construction of earring frame is inspired from Emi Kaz’s The Royal Chocolate Earrings ( http://emikaz.blogspot.com/2010/02/lil-l uxe-collection.html)

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One Response to “How To Oxidize Your Jewelry Using Liver of Sulphur”

  1. Thanks for the informative post! May I know where to get steel wool? And may I know what’s tumbling?

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