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

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?


Project Description

Your project for this class is to follow the instructions to add an antiqued patina to a piece of jewellery! Remember that this effect will work on fine silver, sterling silver and copper.


Do make sure that your jewellery is clean before you put it into the patina solution - this seems to be especially important for pieces made from silver clay where finger grease can protect the surface from the solution and so stop the process from working.

If you don't like the effect then you can remove it by either heating your jewellery gently with a small blow torch and then popping it into the safety pickle, or by cleaning your silver with bicarbonate of silver (baking soda) as I show in this video class: Cleaning Your Silver the Eco-Friendly Way.

And lastly - don't clean silver with an antiqued effect with silver dips or using the bicarbonate of soda unless you want to remove the colour!

Remember to upload a photo or two of the finished results!




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