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« on: December 05, 2011 03:09:37 PM »

I have some cameo pieces on a nice setting, the problem is the setting looks to new and I want to antique it but since the cameo is already glued on the setting I can not use any chemicals on it that would harm the cameo, how can I go about aging it with paint? or something else?
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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2011 03:48:44 PM »

With a little paint on a piece of cloth, you can rub all over the frame and the paint will find it's way into the cracks & crevices and be taken off the prominent parts. You could use a black or dark brown, depending on what you fancy. Thinking about it, it doesn't have to be paint, a furniture wax would do, so long as you buff it up well afterwards.

If you want a bit more genuine ageing, you could bury it in the garden for a week and then bring it up and clean it off, but that will only work with really high quality materials, it's a massive risk if your setting is plated.
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2011 07:27:18 PM »

 Cheesy wow thank you so much for your quick reply. I will try that. the furniture polish that is lol.
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« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2011 12:29:18 AM »

make sure it's a tinted wax, plain beeswax won't help.
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2012 06:15:14 AM »

I'm just looking for same matter, I want to tarnish some copper to almost black.

I came across this method where you take an boiled egg, cut it in half, put it in a plastic bag with your jewellery and leave it overnight. Shocked Here is link for blog I found it from, it is in Finnish but there's before and after pictures.

I haven't done this myself (yet!) but definitely seems worth a try since I don't have any acids to play with... Just make sure your metal is clean since greasy parts will tarnish differently than clean ones.
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« Reply #5 on: March 30, 2012 05:52:15 AM »

Best resource I've found for doing things like this are the guys over at www.finishing.com.

Ask them, and they will know how to make it happen. They are half the reason I know as much as I do about doing oxide finishes.

They answered this question several times and you can see their advise here
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« Reply #6 on: March 30, 2012 12:13:46 PM »

I've used used the egg yolk method with good results.  It doesn't take overnight for the metal to begin to tarnish - just watch it and wipe off the egg when you get the effect you want.  It is the sulfur in the egg that causes the reaction.
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