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A Salute to the Red Hot Summer of 2011

What I Learned About Applying Patinas to Copper - Today

First of all, I always thought the verb form of applying a patina to metal was “to patinate.” About a minute ago, I learned otherwise. According to Wiktionary, the correct word is “patine” which means "to coat an object with a patina, either from natural oxidation or simulated 'aging’.”

The instructions say to heat the metal before you apply russet red and chestnut brown patinas to base metals. This can be done by immersing it in hot water, heating with a small butane torch or heating with a larger plumber’s torch like I used for annealing earlier in the week.

My brilliant and new hubby said, “Why don’t you just put it outside. It’s going to be 106 degrees again today.”

So, I did what he said. (Imagine that.)

How to Clean Copper After Annealing with a Recipe for Non-Toxic Pickling

This is not your grandmother’s pickling recipe. I’m pickling copper bangle bracelets instead. As you can see by the previous post, I’ve been annealing copper bracelets this week (my first time was Sunday evening). To give you a point of reference, these bangles were dark brown, almost black, when I put them in the pickling solution.

Today I used a recipe for a non-toxic pickle to clean the oxidation from the copper. It was simple: 1 cup white vinegar and 1 tablespoon table salt. I heated it in the microwave for 30 seconds in a glass jar and then put it on my husband’s coffee cup warmer. To test it I stuck a piece of annealed 6 gauge wire in it, and it worked beautifully. I only had to brush a little of the black stuff off, and it was bright, shiny copper again. Better yet, the brushing didn’t take a lot of effort.

Feeling very successful I doubled the batch and dropped all six bangles in and left them for about 15 minutes. When I came back the black was flaking off nicely and floating…

It Burns All Clean

Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity,  we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then,  for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire. ~Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

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Vintage Jewelry For Sale

Vintage* Jewelry For Sale My vintage jewelry is no longer available on the Lost Marbles Jewelry website.

Sterling Silver with blue stones
Sterling Silver
Solid Copper
Sterling with Blue Glass Stone c. 1960
Sterling Silver with Chalcedony
Sterling Silver
Sterling Silver Brooch, Blue Glass
Sterling Silver, Small Turquoise
Mexican Sterling Silver
Goldtone Metal Hairclips circa 1960
Vintage is defined as being at least 25 years old. If you have questions or want to see more details about a particular piece, please email Christi or leave a comment below.