problems. So far, from responses it doesn't sound like anyone else
ever has this problem
Yep, I've never had this problem.
- there must be some variable, something I am doing differently
which is causing it. Do you clean your pieces before applying
patina?? Maybe I am leaving a crucial step out ?? Also, do you use
any additives, such as amonia?
Yes, pieces should be clean and polished. Patina is the very, very
last step. No, I don't use ammonia unless I'm doing the iridescent
plan ala Katherine P.
I like the suggestion of a previous poster, use ice water to stop
the action and dip both earrings at the same time (put them on a wire
maybe). As I said, I don't normally dip, but in this case it seems
like a good idea to try to solve your problem.
If all else fails, you could use a different product, such as Black
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