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    Black Jewellery findings

    Hi All,

    I've got some lovely turquoise beads I found in turkey and I've found some other beads to complement them but I'd really like to use black jewellery findings (eye pins, chains etc) instead of sterling or gold to put the necklace together. Ideally, I want the metal to be good quality as well. Can anyone tell me what I should be looking for? Is black plated my only option? Dosen't have to be fully black, even that dirty black silver look? Hehe...sorry don't know the name! I'm pretty sure my old bead store in Australia stocked what I needed but I now live in London and I can't see to find what I'm looking for! (Always the way). I've checked a few beads stores here with no results! Anyone have any ideas where I could get them in the UK or even online?

    Thanks!
    Nat

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    i'm guessing you could oxidize sterling silver findings yourself for a black tarnish look, though i've never tried it myself. perhaps a google search for "tarnishing kits" could yield some info?

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    Yup,you can totaly tarnish sterling silver and leave it as black as you wish!
    Iron oxide or sulfer of liver should find you a product that can do that.

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    Thanks! I never actually thought to do it myself. I'll give it a go! However, does the tarnish silver rub off on skin or more to the point make skin black? I've just had rings tarnish naturally and left me with black fingers.

    hehe..google have plenty of non-tarnishing kits!

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    The product/ process you are looking for is called antique-ing (don't know how to spell that, drop the 'e?') Any store with jewelry-making supplies should have it. It is a liquid, comes in a small bottle, is fairly runny, not thick. You basically rub it on, let it dry, and it will stay put fairly well. Only after many months/ years of wearing will it lighten. Its kinda smelly, but very easy to work with....

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    griffith makes a product called silver/black. it is a liquid and all you do is dip the sterling silver in it and then rinse it off with water, and it's ready to go. one small bottle will last a long time (i use mine all the time and i've had it for at least 2 years). it is a lot easier to use than most oxidization options, and not as stinky/messy, and it works instantly.


 

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