After adding the patina, enhance the look by removing excess darkening with a soft brush (such as an old toothbrush) and soapy water. Polish by hand with a polishing cloth or (if your pieces do not include soft stones, such as turquoise and pearl) toss into a tumbler with steel shot to polish and to bring up copper highlights of any pieces.
There are two forms of liver of sulfur available--powdered and gel. Both work well with warm water. Follow all chemicals' package directions for how to use instructions and be aware of any label warnings.
In the future, you may wish to use antique copper-plated findings and components in your vintage-style designs, with a fine selection made by hand.
- Sandra Lupo, Jewelry Designer and Instructor, Create Your Style Ambassador
- Liver of Sulfur™ and Cool Tools Gel Patina
- Hill Tribe Beads: handcrafted beads
- Copper beads
- Little Dipper™ by Crock Pot®
- Lortone Model 3A rotary rock and jewelry tumbler
- Rotary tumbler shot mix
- ''Using Patina Gel'' illustrated instructions
- ''Using Liver of Sulfur'' illustrated instructions
- ''Steel-Hole Punch, How-To'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
- ''Personalize Jewelry Using Steel Letter and Number Punches'' how-to video and illustrated instructions
- Design inspirations from the Gallery of Designs:
- Bracelet with Swarovski Crystal Beads and Copper Beads
- Bracelet with Copper Beads and Sterling Silver Beads
- Single-Strand Necklace and Earring Set with Hill Tribes Beads and Antiqued Copper Chain
- ''A First-Hand Look at the Creation of Hill Tribes Plated-Metal Beads and Components'' article