Oxidizing the once very shiny sterling silver in this bracelet took a simple design and made it much more interesting by creating a sharp contrast to the shiny gold filled jump rings and the faceted aquamarine barrels.
How to Oxidize silver
I am waiting for my liver of sulpher gel to come in the mail. I have learned that the gel form of liver of sulfer is non-flammable, there is no dry inhalation hazard associated with it, and it has a much longer shelf life than the solid liver of sulpher. It is also referred to as “Extended Life Gel”.
Patience is not my virtue and I really wanted to oxidize this silver chain so I used common household bleach to oxidize today. Just pour some bleach in a glass bowl, swirl around for a few seconds, remove and rinse. Bleach works very fast like liver of sulphur but it gives a less uniform oxidation. In my case, I did not really care about uniformity so I just did it.
You can also use hard boiled eggs – once again, the sulphur gas given off by a hard boiled egg will oxidize your silver. It takes about 4 eggs (warmer the better) smooshed up in a baggie for this little amount of silver and more time than the bleach. Then of course, you have the pleasure of cleaning the egg off of your piece. Like the bleach, you generally do not achieve an even oxidation. But, everyone has eggs and it is a good natural alternative if you are patience challenged like me and just can’t wait another minute to oxidize some metal!
Wow – it was 85 degrees here in Northern VA today! kids were off of school… made me think of summer. Back to reality and a high of 57 tomorrow.