Hi , I have just shaped a silver bangle and it at the annealing
stage. i.e. I haven’t soldered let alone polished it.
Thing is I was fiddling with some emery paper and really like the
effect that rubbing round the outside of the silver had. I love the
contrast between the scratched dark ( I presume oxidised) surface
and the more polished clean silver edge, especially when I rubbed
round the edge with a burnisher.
I was wondering if I would be able to keep this effect after I have
soldered the join, or if I could at least return it to this state if
it should change after the soldering process?
I am very new to silverwork , and im sure there are more correct
terms for what I have just described. But is there a difference
between the dark surface effect you get by an specific oxidising
process and that which I have found just from not placing the piece
in pickle after annealing?
If I can continue with this experiment, and after soldering the join
I can get it to how I want, will it stay like this? And how would I
advise a client on keeping this effect… i.e. if they were to do the
washing up in it would it loose this dark beaten up look and become
Nikky-in a playful mood !!