When applying patina to sterling earrings, what is your experience
with the ear wires? Do you also color the ear wires?
I have been doing this and the earrings do not seem to pose a
problem with irritation. I am using liver of sulphur vs. silver
My thought pattern is that if oxidized rings and necklaces do not
bother the wearer’s skin, the ear wires hopefully be okay as well?
I use LOS as well and have never had a problem. I make sure I give
them a good wipe down with a rouge cloth and clean them with soap &
water and a quick pass under the steamer a good distance from the
nozzle. So far no problem. Some people are overly sensitive and these
people usually only wear gold or platinum.
Chris, I would not patina the ear wires since most people looking to
buy would not have seen ear wires patina’d and may object. Also I
would not want to risk a return if they did irritate the buyers
ears. Ear wires are a sensitive issue and lots of odd allergies occur
even when the metal is non allergic. I usually provide what ever the
wearer wants with out trying to convince them that what I have on
the earring will work for them.
My two cents.