Saturday, June 12, 2010

Simple Flower Ring

Simple Flower Ring, originally uploaded by Roberta Warshaw.
Another new ring! I really I wish I could keep all my rings. But I do need to sell at least a few in order to keep an uninterrupted supply of metal clay! I love making them, I love wearing them. They really look nice on the hand.
I have been getting many, many compliments on this ring. Especially the patina. When I first learned about using Liver of Sulphur to get a rich patina I was taught to use really hot water. I have since learned otherwise, which I will share with you here.
The secret to using liver of sulphur is to take the progressions slowly using only lukewarm water. Dip the piece in the LOS for a few seconds, then rinse. Keep dipping and rinsing until you get the color you like. Make sure that you don't take it too far because you cannot go back. Even if you heat the piece to erase all the patina, the next time you dip the piece it will immediately remember the darker patina and go right to it skipping all the other lovely colors.
Oh and don't use Black Max. Really just don't. It is toxic and hard to get rid of after you use it. Buy the Liver of Sulpher "rocks" and use those. You will get better results and won't poison yourself doing it! When the mixture is spent you can just dispose of it. It won't hurt your plumbing.
Kate McKinnon has an excellent section in her new book regarding patinas. For example, I never knew that the composition of your tap water can affect your patina!


MitziMakes said...

That's lovely! How did you get that finish?

Roberta Warshaw said...

I used liver of sulphur. I keep dipping and rinsing slowly until I get the color I like using lukewarm water, not hot as is usually suggested. I hope that helps.