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How do you oxidize silver (wire, chain, jewelry clasps)?

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Q. What is the best/easiest way to oxidize silver? I can't seem to find anything on the internet about this. I'm a jewelry artist and would like to oxidize silver chain and wire, also silver jewelry clasps.


Q. Thanks for your response. I have no idea what those solutions are or where to get them. Is this something easy to purchase and where would I get it? Can anyone direct me to a good book on oxidizing silver for jewelry making? thanks, Jamee

A. The company you are buying your jewelry making supplies from should be able to supply you with an oxidizer for silver. " Liver Of Sulphur [linked by editor to product info at Mister Art] " works and there are others.

Q. I have used "Silver Black" a few times, but have been told the black rubs off of the chain. Maybe I need

to clean it better before I put it out to sell. Tim McCreight has a book called "The Complete Metalsmith" [link is to product info at Amazon] and he talks about coloring metal, and also mentions the Liver of Sulfur.

Try inter library loan.

- clarksville, Indiana

A. To oxidize silver: Sulfur [linked by editor to product info at Amazon]. It looks like little broken pieces of yellowish dirt. USE CAREFULLY. It works almost TOO well. Which will require much polishing OFF the oxidation where it is not wanted.

A. You can also get a nice oxidized finish by putting silver jewelry in a plastic or paper bag with something that gives off sulphur. I always forget what it is, but it is some food item, like a hard boiled egg or such. I'm looking around on the internet, too, since I can never seem to remember what the item is!

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