Step one… make some jewellery 🙂 You could also choose to oxidise jewellery you’ve bought yourself, just give it a clean / wash so it hasn’t got oils or polish on it that will prevent the jewellery from oxidising properly.
Step two… lay your jewellery out on a piece of paper towel (to absorb excess water throughout the process) inside a large snap lock bag.
Step five… wait… it will take only a few minutes for the process to be visible – you jewellery will go through stages of gold through to a dark grey brown colour. For a nice dark colour I like to leave it overnight.
Step six… there won’t be any egg on your jewellery (it won’t smell – don’t worry) but you do need to give it a rinse in some clean water… then dry with a soft lint free cloth. Now you’re ready to polish!
Then… voila! You have beautifully, naturally oxidised jewellery 🙂 I like oxidising some of my pieces because it really shows the detail and neatness of your wire wrapping, and also gives a bit of a gothic noir effect, or an aged antique effect. In fact, sometimes oxidising is called “antiquing”.
You can reverse the process by using a jewellery cleaner for sterling silver, however you will want to be careful if you have delicate beads like pearls – check your jewellery cleaner for more details.
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial!