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    Posted 6 years ago

    kyratango
    (440 items)

    The ring posted just previously arrived polished...
    Pics #1 and 3.

    Preferring more contrast to the details, I went for my lighter heating method :-)

    Holding the ring with a pinch, I place it above the lighter's flame (not in!), moving it to control the heat.

    After the heating, pic#2, it took a strange color, but a light buff with a cloth did the result you can see in pic#4.

    CAUTION! STONES, PEARLS MAY NOT ACCEPT TO BE HEATED THAT WAY!

    Et voilà :-)

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    Comments

    1. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Thanks Thomas for your visit and appreciation!
      Thanks Nicefice for the love :-)
    2. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 6 years ago
      kyra - that's news to me...a tip I will put into use with my own silver jewelry!
    3. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      I tried hypochlorite, boiled egg yolk, sulfur vapor... painful processes :-)

      Idea came when I saw what happen to silver after soldering, and remember jewelers always repolish after soldering!

      This is not as permanent as real age patina, but easy to do again.
      I think it may be more efficient as a base for a new patina establishment, leaving it unbuffed for some time .
    4. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 4 years ago
      A great thing you put here as a warning! Otherwise, you know someone would have done that exact thing! Very interesting fact about the heat. And with just it being from a lighter, it's not hot enough to change it's form! Pretty good.
    5. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Hi Share! Yes, warning was necessary :-)
      Matches flame is great too, but don't leave a lasting blackening...
      Thanks a lot for your comment!

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