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    Hi everyone,

    I'd like (if i may) to pick your very talented brains. Is there anyway of deliberately ageing Gold Plated findings? I have been comissioned to make imitation 18th centuary costume jewellery for a play in dublin. Ive put together a number of designs but I am unable to find all the components I need with an authentic aged look. Is there anyways of doing it myself? Is that possible?

    Thanks much appreciate any suggestions
    Vixxie
    Vixxie





  • #2
    Hiya

    I am not sure if you can use Liver of Sulfur on plated gold? Can be used on silver and bronze for an aged/blackened look. Hopefully someone on here might know.
    Good luck.

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    • #3
      Maybe Ive got this wrong but gold dosent age, its always the same color whether new or many thousands of years old, if your looking for the dirty blackened look often apllied to silver then plated metal is best given this look using dark nail varnish, using the technics for solid metal will most likley damage the plateing

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      • #4
        You can get antique gold findings, they have a selection here
        http://stores.shop.ebay.co.uk/Angs-A...rsZ1QQ_fsubZ20
        There are several others that sell them, try a google search.
        You can also get antique bronze which is more like old gold.

        Melanie

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        • #5
          Yes, the beauty of gold is that it doesn't tarnish or change colour with liver of sulphur.
          Best wishes
          Carole

          www.caroleallenjewellery.co.uk

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          • #6
            Thanks guys,

            I completely didnt even think of that! I have two designs in silver and one in gold. So I shall definately take your advice for the silver!!
            Ill stick to the ussumption the shinier the better for the gold one! ......he he
            Anyways, thanks for briging that to my attention I rarely use gold in my designs & i was concentrating so hard on thinking authentic! I completely forgot it doesnt tarnish!! he he. Thats great ive got less to do than I thought! yipee

            Vixxie
            Vixxie




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            • #7
              I don't sure will it work with gold plated findings. But I added age to brass findings with vinegar. Just put a little vinegar( best is apple vinegar) in bottom of plastic cup put finding on the net above it. Cover it with some top and leave from 1 hour or longer. I hope it will help.
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