Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Oxidizing Raw Brass Technique

I do so many experiments and found such great ways to turning raw brass darker.

Starting with a raw brass piece that is very shiny.

These earrings were raw brass then they turned brown in my technique.

 Start with raw brass pieces, a nice size tupperware container that seals, a small cup or something to put liquid in ( I used an espresso cup because it is small & Ammonia.

Pour the ammonia in the little cup and place it the container and your pieces of raw brass. Do not overlap the raw brass and make sure the ammonia does not spill on the pieces.  Lock everything in the container and wait overnight or most of the day until it turns dark black and green.

They will look dark like this. Shine the pieces with a dremel tool using the carbon steel wheel brush. The brush has silver bristles. 

After it is shined you will get a lovely brown tone and shiny surface.

You can also buy your pieces already oxidized brass and oxidized silver. Oxidized Sterling Silver is a little more expensive then the brass because it is sterling silver and the depending on the silver prices.

You will find all of my hand made antique button jewelry in my (ETSY SHOP). So stop by and take a look at my creations. 

Thursday, April 2, 2015

My New Etsy Shop

My journey of collecting antique buttons has started to become a new business.  Check out some of my wonderful handmade jewelry made from antique buttons (circa 1800's) and single antique buttons at my Etsy Shop.  Etsy Shop Antique Button Luver)

Nice Selection of antique picture buttons, enamel button, cut steels, charmstrings, etc. 

Lovely earrings. These are tinted buttons with                                                a fabric back.

Cut Steel floral picture buttons with faux                                                                         wood background.

Carved Mother of Pearl Button Pendant wrapped in filigree & topped with a black glass button.

Aged castle scene picture button on a floral                                              setting. 

A rare antique brass acorn button necklace.

Wonderfully carved mother of pearl button that is dyed 2 tones and topped with a black glass button.

Gorgeous cut steel floral picture button with a weaved basket wallpaper background.

See this and more at my new shop (ETSY SHOP LINK)