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Daily Wire Tip May 19: What is Liver Sulfate?
Daily Wire Jewelry Making Tip
May 19, 2010
I am new to beading. What is liver sulfate and why is it used?
Liver of sulphur/sulfur is a chemical made of potassium sulfides that is used to oxidize (darken or antique) metals such as silver. It is available in powder, chunk or gel forms. Most jewelry makers use it to add definition to a piece of jewelry, as this chemical can produce different colors on silver like black and steel blue, and on copper a purplish-black color can be obtained. Other colors such as brown, purple, blue and green can be obtained by experienced users. Liver of sulphur can be a dangerous chemical to work with. Be sure to wear eye and hand protection, work near running water and in an area with excellent ventilation. To read about all of the various ways to use liver of sulphur, as well as other’s experimentations, do an Internet search for: ‘using liver of sulfur’.
Answer contributed by Dale “Cougar” Armstrong
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