Tuesday Tips and Tricks!

If you want to oxidize your sterling silver jewelry but don’t have any liver of sulfur lying around, have no fear!  You probably have what you need at home sitting in your refrigerator. Just one egg is all it takes! Follow these super simple instructions to get that antiqued look you desire.

  1. Grab an egg from the fridge and bring it to a boil.
  2. Once the egg is boiled, take only the yolk and break it up a bit.
  3. Place the egg yolk in a container or zip lock bag that can be sealed.
  4. Cover the jewelry with a paper towel or place it on a wire rack.
  5. Put your jewelry in the container or zip lock bag on top of the yolk. Since the sterling is protected by the paper towel or rack it should not touch any area of the yolk. If the silver comes into contact with the yolk it will oxidize unevenly.
  6. Seal your container or zip lock bag and let it sit for a day. Leave sealed for another day or two if you want the sterling silver to oxidize more.
  7. Take your jewelry out of the bag and rinse it off with gentle soap and water.
  8. If desired, you can polish the high points of your sterling silver with a polishing cloth or pro polish pad.

The sulfur from the egg is what oxidizes sterling silver. I would recommend using two or more eggs if you have a lot of jewelry to oxidize.

Hope this comes in handy!

Happy Tuesday – Allie

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