How to clean Silver Jewelry? How to DIY Silver Jewelry To be antique or aged?
Tarnish is a product of oxidation, caused by the interaction of silver jewelry with certain elements such as oxygen or sulfur as well as with certain acids. Tarnishing on Silver Jewelry, when worn on a regular basis, usually does not occur. Storage for a prolonged time causes silver jewelry to tarnish. Contact with rubber bands may cause tarnish - the sulfur in rubber is a catalyst for tarnish. Taking a medication that changes the acidity of your skin may cause silver jewelry to tarnish.
To keep your silver tarnish-free, frequently clean your silver in a mild dishwashing liquid diluted in water. Thoroughly dry your silver jewelry after exposure to water. Store silver in a dry container or a plastic bag with anti-tarnish paper.
To remove tarnish or oxidation film from silver you can use fresh, uncontaminated commercial silver dip liquid, polish paste or polish cloth, available in jewelry supply or hardware stores. Make sure there are no loose stones or parts. Limit the gemstone's exposure to silver cleaners - cleaners may harm certain kinds of gemstones. Please read the cleaning product's instructions before cleaning. Thoroughly rinse jewelry after cleaning, and dry with a soft cloth until it's completely dry.
Clean Silver Jewelry Tips
1. Place your silver jewelry in a "Tupperware" like container with a lid that seals shut.
2. Place a wadded piece of aluminum foil in the bowl with the jewelry and place the lid on the bowl. Keep your silver jewelry in the bowl when you're not wearing it.
3. Replace the foil every week or two.
You can also just shower with them, if you never take them off and wash your hands or go about your daily activities, they clean themselves!
How to DIY Silver Jewelry To be antique or aged?
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Silver & sterling silver items can be beautiful in their own right but sometimes they are looking for 'just the right look' for our pieces. Sometimes that look they require is an aged or antique look. The coloration you see in antique pieces is referred to as patina. Patina is the result of oxidation of the metal & can generate darkened areas in the details of the silver. You can generate this look in hours & days as opposed to the years of exposure it would take naturally.
Things You’ll need: Egg -or- Liver of Sulfur (potassium sulfide);Silver Items .
Potassium Sulfide, or liver of sulfur, is a chemical that reacts with the surface of the silver. It creates a blackened area but through this chemical reaction it releases strong toxic fumes. it is strongly recommended to age your silver in a well ventilated area. Using an egg will accomplish virtually the same result but you may have to repeat the process several times. Aging your silver using an egg avoids having to work in a well ventilated area & most people keep eggs on hand.
If you pick to use liver of sulfur you will have better control over your results. You can purchase liver of sulfur from any chemical supply store. Start by breaking a small piece of the liver of sulfur off & putting in to about a cup of warm water. Using a smaller amount of sulfur will give you better regulation of how light or dark your silver becomes.
Rub the liver of sulfur solution on your silver in areas you require to see darkened. Typically the nooks & crannies of silver darken the most & the fastest naturally. six time you've rubbed it on with a cloth leave it for a few seconds then rinse in mildly soapy water & brush with a brass brush. Repeat as necessary until you get the result you would like.
The yolk is key to aging silver. If you pick to use the egg technique you are avoiding contact with harsh chemicals although it may take you some trial & error before getting the result you desire. First start by making the egg a hard-boiled egg. After boiling & cooling break the egg in half. No need to peel the egg as you are only after the yolk.
Place both sides of the egg in the jar with the yolks facing up. Place your silver item in the jar being careful to avoid making contact between the silver & the yolk. Seal the jar with the lid & leave it overnight. In the morning you should see the results. If they are not to your liking & you require your aged silver darker - repeat the process using a newly hard-boiled egg.
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