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    So once darkened by any means can you then polish the piece using a felt buffing wheel to shine the “high spots”. I take it the darkening would be done after tumbling the piece?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruedeleglise View Post
    So once darkened by any means can you then polish the piece using a felt buffing wheel to shine the “high spots”. I take it the darkening would be done after tumbling the piece?


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    I think you just have to play and see what you like the look of. I find if I polish/tumble and then darken and take off high spots the effect is slightly matte. If I polish, darken, take off high spots and then tumble everything is nicely burnished. The rings in my photo, I polished, darkened and then didn't deliberately take off high spots but did then pop them in the tumbler for an hour.

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    If a hard boiled egg works would a paste of flowers of sulphur work? I have a lot of that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caro View Post
    If a hard boiled egg works would a paste of flowers of sulphur work? I have a lot of that!
    Probably, I've seen people say they've used lime sulphur dissolved in water (usually for plants) as the active sulphur ingredient to give patina.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruedeleglise View Post
    Well unfortunately Platinol has to be collected from London or Birmingham as it is a “Dangerous” product whereas Liver of Sulphur is only “Hazardous” and can be posted. I will therefore be under voluntary exile in my garage workshop when using it so as to maintain a happy equilibrium domestically!
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    I usually order it with other goods when they are doing free delivery and it comes by courier

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    Did that with a number of other pieces....no go! Collect only. Maybe they take pity on those that live in the wilds!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruedeleglise View Post
    Hmmm. How long do you have to leave it egged please?


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    15-30 mins if you put it in something see-through you can watch it til it's the colour you want. Generally this won't give you a very dark oxidisation but it's good for antiqued and if you've set something like a pearl and don't want to put it in corrosive patinas. Again youtube will show you how.

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    Ah, memories .......of course I remember that a silver spoon used for eating a boiled egg always tarnished. It was my job as a child to polish them up. Should have remembered that!


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    Well I thought I'd experiment. I had a heavily textured piece that needed to be darkened to get some contrast.

    I put 1tsp of sulphur powder in a glass jar and 5 tsps of warm water. I added the pendant and shook well. I left it for about 30 minutes checking the colour every 10 minutes.

    I'm delighted with the result - sulphur is a reasonably safe chemical to use and in this form it doesn't smell!

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    That sounds pretty good. Never suggested before. Could we have a picture?

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