Post by WireWitchery on Jul 2, 2012 22:36:34 GMT -6
So at the moment I have an... let's say "interesting" (so that I don't call myself cheap ) setup for my oxidation.
I use extra glad ware containers and cut little slits to basically thread spare bits of wire to hold the pieces above the ammonia. This actually works perfectly well and I'm not worried about it. The problem I have is that now I need to oxidize some chain to match and it's hard to get it suspended evenly without allowing it to accidentally touch the ammonia.
I was wondering how everyone else does this? I'd prefer to do it without spending a bunch of money or buying a special container but if that's what it takes to do this better than I will.
You could try the boiled egg method which basically involves boiling an egg, mashing it up and putting the mashed up egg and your chain in a plastic baggy for 24 hours. It's an eco friendly method and inexpensive, but doesn't always yield uniform results.
Another option and what I do (having tried the boiled egg method and got tired of the mess) is to oxidize your chain in a solution of Liver of Sulfer. There's a gel form that doesn't break down available that only requires mixing in hot water. Just dip until you get the desired results and then rinse in cold water to stop the oxidation process.
A small jar goes a very long way.
My other thought is that when possible I oxidize all of my components at the same time in the same batch of LOS, so that they all come out uniform and matching.
I'm sure others will chime in with how they do it as we're a helpful bunch!
Post by koolbraider on Jul 3, 2012 10:39:22 GMT -6
Get the gel form of LOS (liver of sulfur). First, heat the water in a microwave, pretty hot but not to boiling because that releases sulfur dioxide vapors which are bad. I use a Glad container a bit larger than my copper piece. I also hang the piece from a string or something so the piece gets completely immersed in the solution. For me, depending on the size of the container, three or four drops work well. The thread (I use crochet cotton) allows me to pull the piece up to check how dark things are getting (I have learned it's easier to darken to a certain point and not just let things go completely black). I got my gel from Cool Tools last year and it's only half gone now, and I use it quite a bit. I do find that it tends to lighten up faster and go bad but the LOS rocks always seemed to go bad when I needed them.. Cool Tools has a video on their site to show you how to use it.
As far as I know it doesn't affect any stones because it only reacts with the metals silver, copper, and brass.
Hope this helps. And like Dawn said, do any pieces that need to match at the same time.
There ARE some stones that are affected by LOS but not many. I saw a list somewhere on the net but the one that sticks in my brain are copper based stones and pearls (and I can vouch that freshwater pearls are affected by LOS). I googled "stones not to use with liver of sulfer" and got a number of articles & FAQs. Here's one from FusionBeads: www.fusionbeads.com/pdf/LOS_FAQ.pdf