When NOT to oxidize your silver jewelry  

Friday, August 22, 2008

I had an epiphany today. While oxidizing two pieces I finished this morning, I was musing on why I suddenly like the oxidized look, while I couldn't stand the sight of it (only on my pieces, of course) before.
And then it hit me. The patina brings out all the details in the jewelry, so if your piece is flawlessly executed, beautifully done, it brings out all that and more, making your jewelry sparkle and truly shine. However, if your piece has mistakes, even relatively tiny ones, the dark shadow shows it as well, much more so than if the piece is shiny and bright. If your oval frame is not even on both sides, or if your coiling is not well done, meaning it has spaces between the frame and coils, if you have all sorts of gaps in various places, which shouldn't be there, if your loops are not yet well executed, stay away from oxidizing your piece! In other words, if you're a wire wrapping newbie, leave your pieces shiny and bright, mistakes are less visible this way.

I've checked out a few older pieces which at the time I thought were great - right until I put them in liver of sulphur, which ruined the pieces and the experience. Looking back at these, I can see why I no longer liked them oxidized :)
And also I can see how far I came since the wire wrapping beginnings. I am more confident in my work, I truly like what I do, the journey as well as the result, and when I oxidize the new jewelry, it's finally something pleasing to the eyes :)

2 comments: to “ When NOT to oxidize your silver jewelry

  • Magriet
    August 30, 2008 at 9:43 PM  

    Thank you so much for posting this. I made a chain maille bracelet for my hubby in the Byzantine weave, but he wants it oxydised as he says it looks too girly if it's shiny. But I'm not worried that the joins in the rings will show up more, even though I took great care closing them. I've not oxydised anything before so might leave it a bit longer. It took me about 3 hours to make the bracelet so I'll be rather upset if it got ruined.

    Thanks again for the advice.

  • Easterya
    October 19, 2008 at 5:55 PM  

    I agree with magriet here, excellent advice and post. Thanks for your offer of Liver of Sulphur my dear, very kind of you!! I've no idea as to how to use it, but I'd quite like to try!! I don't particular like oxydised jewellery, but I quite fancy a few pieces in black silver...That's possible with LoS, isn't it??

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