Post by FeeeeFeeee on Feb 23, 2012 21:39:40 GMT -6
The last time I played with metals, which was a loooooooong time ago, I remember that my LOS had lost its muscle action so to speak. So I'm thinking I need to buy some bc I would like to patina a pendant I made a while back....then I remembered, well, no patina. Am thinking of buying new LOS but if I remember correctly I believe there was a gel version right?
Do you still use the chips or do you use the gel? Or is there something newer than that that's come out now? Which do you use or recommend?
Post by FeeeeFeeee on Feb 24, 2012 23:16:07 GMT -6
Oh, thanks for the suggestion Andrea! Do they come in different brands? So I think I will get the gel LOS then. Dawn, yeah, I've done the boiled egg method, but seems to me, the boiled egg has control rather than me over areas I'd like more darker than others. But, yeah, I guess I can go that route until I get the gel form.
Andrea ... you said on a different thread yesterday.. that you used porcelain shot in your tumbler so that you didn't loose the LOS 'patina' I still use the little bits and I've found with them there is nothing that removes the LOS patina... So does that mean that the gel form isn't as perminant?
Somehow, mixed steel shot removes patinas from my work. It usually takes off the high spots and big, open areas. Nooks and crannies are fine, unless I leave it all in too long and then they get cleaned out, too. The porcelain is for much more then just not losing the patina, it's for the way it burnishes and the surface it leaves behind. I've seen nothing else like it, and I've never seen any finish perform like it.
I don't know the difference between the two kinds of LoS - I've never tried the chunks because I know I won't store them properly
Andrea Robinson Silversmith, Gemologist, Motorcyclist, and Espresso Enthusiast MmeMagpie.com