Have any of you found anything long lasting to use to antique (blacken) recessed areas of a gold ring? One that's worn every day?
The black antiquing that's sold is just fast drying black paint, I'm looking for something better.
I've used black rhodium but that's not black enough, it's sort of grey/black. There used to be a product called Chem-blak, which was a baked on paint, that lasted pretty well. But that no longer seems to be available. If you're old enough you may remember that velvety black finish that was on the lion head rings in the 80's. That was an electroplated finish I think? But I'm not sure anymore. I've often thought that there must be some paint available that would last...I mean look how long car paint stays on.
Anyway, I'm looking for something that's a flat velvety black that's also long lasting. If I can't find a better antiquing option I may inlay black jet from underneath? But that is not really in this guys budget.