banner by TangieFirst of all, I am still learning all of these techniques myself and by far am not a pro at this. These are things I just like to learn to do on a whim...I cant seem to get enough of this stuff out of my head, I just like to play a lot. In fact, I tell my friends that when I am ready to retire ( unfortunately I have some time before that happens), I will never be bored. I have so much STUFF...Im glad my husband loves me...hehehe
Liver of Sulfur - I like to use the liquid type. Its not terribly expensive, but is messy and smelly and I found you have to order it and you cant just buy it in the stores. You get instant results. You get a black finish.
Vinegar - cheap and smelly and in every grocery store. You have to wait over night or longer to get nice results. You get a nice deeper warm copper color.
Below are images of the steps I took to create these beautiful earrings...well..without the ear wires..I need to make those still.
I dont remember exactly where I learned how to use the Vinegar technique, either I read it somewhere of I was told by somebody to give it a try. What I did was put a glass bowl inside of a rubber maid bowl. You do not want to submerge the copper in the vinegar. The fumes are what patinas the copper. Once I had the bowl set up, I added the vinegar, just enough to fill it up some, you dont need a ton of vinegar. I put the copper pieces in the glass bowl, sealed it with the lid, or you can probably use saran wrap.
Dont look at my poorly manicured thumb..I am way overdue for a manicure, like maybe 15 years...LOL
This is the final piece. I am going to put a nice pretty glossy spray sealer on them and they will be ready to wear! Well..once I get the ear wires made...Hehehe...
I hope you enjoyed this little blurp of mine and dont forget to leave any comments, good bad or other...
Thank you for stopping by and I hope to get a few more little blurps out before the end of the year...
Enjoy your summer..
UPDATE: I just did the same treatment to some other pieces of copper and found that if you leave it in long enough, the vinegar starts to sweat leaving a small amount of liquid onto the pieces. After checking them out a few hours later, they started turning green...I love it! I will show you a picture soon to how the pieces turned out!