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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / help! paranoid about patina/PMC! on: April 15, 2005 11:30:11 AM
newbie here, and did search to see if there were any specific discussions about this before hand.

:takes a deep breath:

I'm about to embark on my first time PMC project, and I'm afraid I've read so many (too many?) explanations of how to patina. Can anyone help shed some light?

1. I bought liver of sulfur, but I bought it as a liquid solution. Most of the explanations I've read only talk about using the dry form. Is the 331-031 solution I have very strong? (I'd like to use a very dilute form, as per everything I've read). If it's strong, should I cut it with what--water? Something else?

2. Can anyone explain the relationship of LOS vs. ammonia to me? Some patina explanations mix ammonia WITH the LOS , other explanations suggest you use the amonia seperately. Is amonia only for irridescent effects? What works best with your experience?

And does the ammonia have to be clear, or can it be the sudsy type I found in the grocery store?

3. How important is warm/cold with this process? Most accounts I've read suggest that the piece (or the LOS) should be warm, but then are you also supposed to shock the piece in a cold water bath after each dip?

thanks for all of your advice!

<edited to thank whomever moved this to a more appropiate location>
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