I gave this hand-engraved guitar pick pendant a liver of sulfur patina yesterday to darken the lines and give it a more rustic look. I love an antiqued finish on jewelry. It brings out the right amount of contrast for hand engraving for a nice visual texture.
Liver of sulfur is a great tool, if you will, for metal. The chemical, when applied to metal like copper and silver, creates a durable, permanent color on the surface. In this case, I get a dark black finish on the surface. Using polishing paper, I can remove the surface treatment while leaving the blackened surface in the hand engraved lines.
I am hoping to get it all put together with some beads this weekend — we’ll see how it goes. 🙂