Colour Your Silver: how to give your silver jewellery an antiqued effect | Joanne Tinley | Skillshare

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Colour Your Silver: how to give your silver jewellery an antiqued effect

teacher avatar Joanne Tinley, Jewellery Designer, Tutor and Writer

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7 Lessons (10m)
    • 1. Colour Your Silver: how to give your silver jewellery an antiqued effect

    • 2. Colour Your Silver: equipment

    • 3. Colour Your Silver: creating the patina

    • 4. Colour Your Silver: finishing the effect

    • 5. Colour Your Silver: the finished earrings

    • 6. Colour Your Silver: your project

    • 7. Colour Your Silver: what if you don't like the antiqued effect?

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About This Class


I made two pairs of earrings in theĀ Petal Earrings class and at the end of the video I showed one pair of the earrings with a darker antiqued patina or surface treatment/colour. This effect is sometimes called 'oxidised' as it can mimic the colour that silver goes when it is tarnished or oxidised. I don't use it on all of my jewellery designs but it can be a lovely way of highlighting a beautiful texture. I also like to use it sometimes on jewellery with lighter stones or beads, especially pink stones - I'm not a pink with bright polished silver type of girl!

This new class teaches you how to easily give your silver jewellery this effect quickly and easily and with the minimum of equipment.

Of course, if you need to make some jewellery first to be able to give it a patina then enrol on one of my other jewellery making classes:

Silver Stacking Rings: Making Beautiful Rings From Silver Wire

Silver Stacking Rings 2: Dress Up Your Rings

Bird on a Branch - Sawing a Simple Silver Pendant

Create Beautiful Jewelry From Scrap Silver - Petal Earrings




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Joanne Tinley

Jewellery Designer, Tutor and Writer


I have been making jewellery for as long as I can remember, and have been passing these wonderful (and addctive!) skills on through my classes for nearly 20 years. I am self-taught and like many people I started with wire and beads. Learning how to solder, however, opened up a whole new world of jewellery making! There is something so magical about watching solder flow through a seam, joining two pieces of metal together smoothly.

My studio is in Southampton, on the South Coast of the UK. I design and make jewellery for galleries across the UK, teach regular and popular jewellery design workshops, and also offer private tuition. My jewellery design projects have been published in both UK and US magazines and books.

Visit my Etsy shop, Jewellers Bench Shop, for jewellery ma... See full profile

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1. Colour Your Silver: how to give your silver jewellery an antiqued effect: I'm And in this video I'm going to hear you. How to quickly and easily with your silver. A darker patina, a surface treatment. Sick is a darker finished to jewelry. This message worked. Some both sterling silver find silver and copper, but it doesn't affect gold. It could be a beautiful way of highlighting textures and patterns on your me. I could also be lovely compliment to lighter coverage, beats and stone this. But do you make sure they had those beings stones to work after you give me the patina? 2. Colour Your Silver: equipment: thing is almost everything that you're going to need to give your silver jewelry the darker patina, as I showed you in the introduction. The traditional chemical. This is used to give the patina you deliver of sulfur, and that can come in a lump form that you dissolve in water. They can come in liquid, and it will also come with a gel. There are also patina solutions that gives the same effect, but with far less of the smell that the traditional liver Sofer gives off. And it's one of those solutions that I've got here. My came from cooks and goat, but all goods, jewellery supplies will have a version, or maybe a couple of versions off the patina solution. You will need a container big enough to be up to submerge your whole piece of jewelry, preferably plus second, preferably see through so you can actually see what's going on. You need something to move the jewelry about in the solution or so and also to hook it back out. The solution with I've got a coffee store here that you can see I've used a few times already. Pair of disposable gloves is nobody to saying, especially if you're prone to spilling things as this solution will stain, which is why I'm working on a piece of paper as well. So it's any drops which sustained the paper wrath on my desk. The solution makes all of silver black, but I actually want just the depth of the texture on these hammered earrings to be dark on the surface of the silver that the top of the texture to be a lot lighter. So what I'm going to do is use every fine sounding part to remove some of the patina to get to the effect that I want. Some people prefer to use a soft wire brush to do that job. You obviously need the silver jewelry that you want to give the patina to. The last thing that you're going to need. The isn't showing. Here is hot water. You don't want it boiling but water that's at the very hot tap or out of, ah, fairly fresh keyboard. Castle will do job nicely. I'm just going to go and get that hot water and then we can get started 3. Colour Your Silver: creating the patina: So I got my hot water. I'm going toe just a little bit of patina solution into it. So no measures which into into the late and then pull that in. It's always safest supporting from the lid, just in case the bottle slips. It is best to have a for the diluted solution. Don't make it too strong, because if you put the patina onto the silver too quickly, it can actually form a surface coloring that actually just flakes off. They want to put the hearings in, but if I use this just toe deputy because already at sea, the difference in the color put them in. But I'm gonna keep putting them out to check them. I could get hold of them. We don't want to go to dark little bit dark in that, but it's best to check them and then put them back in, if necessary. Ralph and leave them in for too long. Andi, get a surface that's actually just flakes off of surfaces that it doesn't set to properly on the silver a little bit longer. Okay, I'm happy with that, so I'm gonna give it a bit of a rinse in some cold, clean, cold water. So I got here because that washes the solution off and start the process. And now I've got to 4. Colour Your Silver: finishing the effect: now these earrings and nice and dark. It's not really the look that I was going for. I want to be on to highlight that texture a little bit more on. That's where this find standing parent comes in. They're usually sold in a set of three different grits 1 80 to 20 to 80. So this is the finest of the three, which they usually come in. I don't think you do. Just use it to rub gently, just surface. You might get to see already that the patina is being removed from the highest points of the texture. See the difference between two already. I'm going to keep working away with the Sunday hot on dshea the interest. 5. Colour Your Silver: the finished earrings: Here's the finished hearing that strip play that haven't been quitting solution, so you can see the difference that the darker patina could make. E think it really highlights textures beautifully, so now it's your turn to give a piece of your own silver. 6. Colour Your Silver: your project: project for this class is to give your own jewelry design a dark and teach patina. You can easily use traditional liver, sulfur or a newer, less money patina solution. They all basically work the same way. Remember, though, that if you're treating a piece of jewelry with beads or stones, those Beatle stone should be added later as they may not like the hot water the process uses. So you cheat, dependent, a pair of earrings or maybe a bangle. Remember to add your photo so Projects page. 7. Colour Your Silver: what if you don't like the antiqued effect?: Now What if you don't like the antique effect that you've pushed on your silver if you want to remove it completely the easiest ways to use the bicarbonate of soda or baking soda cleaning message, as I explain in my cleaning or silver the friendly way video. Or you can use silver cleaning dick. But I'm really not a fan of those. However, if you decide that you want patina to be darker, maybe sounded too much off. Just pop your jewelry back into the patina section. Thank you for watching. And I hope you have. But Jamie, thank you.