Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Black Patina for Silver

I've become quite take with super black patina for silver, such as seen in the jewelry of Allyson Bone:

or Natasha Wozniak:

or Jayne Redmond, among others:

So, I decided to try to get a deep dark black on the front piece for my stilt rivet brooch. I'm going to polish off highlights on the branches, I think, as I love the idea of reversing contrast between the bright white of the faux bone with black behind black with silver highlights on top. That brings back memories of quilting, where reversing values at a border was a favorite technique for me.

Next step: stilts/tubes/offsets of some kind with rivets.


  1. that looks really cool. Now I am curious, have you tried sanding some of it away on the raised areas to really show all the details?

  2. That's what I'm going to do, but just haven't gotten to it yet.

  3. Anonymous12:36 AM

    Is the black patina done with liver of sulfur? It really is black!

  4. Anonymous12:40 AM

    Is the black patina from liver of sulfur? Can't wait to see it with the exposed silver branches.

  5. Very cool patina!
    Did you get it through Rio?

  6. Yes, the patina is liver of sulfur (gel from Cool Tools). I built it up really slowly, dipping into a dilute solution, then heating with a torch, and repeating until it was rather dark. Then I left it overnight in a second dilute batch.

    It is still not truly black, but more charcoal. Because it was uneven, I polished off the black and reapplied in the same manner. I think it isn't quite as dark the second time. Maybe I need to torch it again.