Oxidizing Sterling Silver

by Dale Armstrong

I want to make some sterling silver jewelry and oxidize the silver by using liver of sulfur. Should I oxidize the wire before putting the jewelry together, or should I oxidize the piece after I'm finished?

-Karen in Wichita, Kansas
Karen, most folks oxidize a silver or copper jewelry piece after it has been made.

When a finished piece is dipped, the patina will form into the crevices between the wires and wraps, accenting those areas. When brushed with steel wool, you will then achieve the lovely antique look you are seeking.

Answer contributed by Dale "Cougar" Armstrong


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Liver of Sulphur Gel, 2 Ounce Bottle
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  • Category: General Education
  • Technique(s): Filing / Finishing, Oxidizing / Antiquing