I give the sterling silver a dark patina then burnish it to a lighter gray soft luster to accentuate the form of the jewelry. To create the “Batik” designs, I apply a resist to create patterns which remain in reverse once the resist is washed away.
Preparing the sterling pieces for the patina process
Oxidizing the pieces in sulphur mixture (rotten egg smell!)
Rinsing the oxidized piecesScrubbing off the resist
A tray of finished pieces
Oxidized “Batik” earrings with 18k vermeil discs and cubic zirconiaBack