Oxidise for optimal effect

I’ve talked about imprints before, where there is a pattern in relief on the metal. This pattern may go unnoticed, unless you oxidise the piece to make the relief more visible.

Also with crochet or knitted metal work, the structure becomes more visible with oxidation.

The photos below show the difference between the natural light tone of the silver, and the effect of the patina when it has been oxidised.

Did you know that you don’t need any hazardous chemicals to oxidise silver? A boiled egg will do.

If you don’t believe me, watch this Hackaweek video (8 mins) that walks you through it, and also explains the chemistry behind this. You can also read these Tips on how to use boiled eggs for metal patination by The Beading Gem (the article is old, but well made).

If you have a piece of silver jewellery that you are tired of, perhaps you want to try this and see if it changes how you feel about it.

I have always liked the idea of mixing hard metals with soft techniques. This year, my theme for the A to Z challenge is “Metal meets textile”. From A to Z, I talk about work with metal wire, textile techniques like crochet and knitting, show some pieces I’ve been working on, share some thoughts on metal, textile and jewellery. I hope that you’ll find something of interest to you!

9 thoughts on “Oxidise for optimal effect

    • Yes, you can undo this with regular silver polishing methods, like a soft cloth or liquid made especially to remove patina and make silver shiny. With a cloth you might not be able to reach into all corners, it depends on the design. Also, if you oxidise a ring this way, it’s possible that the patina comes off while wearing it. On earrings or pendants, it’ll stay longer. I should test the difference some time…


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