Did you know that I started a YouTube channel? Right now I’m working on some jewelry making tutorials. Starting with questions that I’ve been asked most often. This week is “How to Darken Handstamped Jewelry”.
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This information can be used if you’re making your own jewelry or if you have jewelry that the color has worn off of. I’ll explain it first or you can just scroll down and watch the video.
There are many different ways to oxidize, or darken, jewelry. This is the easiest. Here’s all you need:
- metal stamps – I found the large (1/4″) stamps used for the FAITH and HOPE tags above at a flea market. Here’s a similar 1/4″ metal alphabet stamp set on Etsy. I’ve bought from this seller before!
- Sharpie marker
- jewelry cleaning cloth (I use Sunshine polishing cloths.) OR
- rubbing alcohol and a rag
As you’ll see in the video, I make a mess by scribbling the Sharpie marker all over the handstamped designs then wipe it off with my Sunshine polishing cloths. I always have two on my desk. When one becomes completely black I start using the cleaner one first and pull out another cloth.
You can also use these cloths for polishing any other jewelry that has tarnished. But if you don’t want to buy them you can just use a little rubbing alcohol on a rag.
I would love to hear what you think about the video. I’m just learning so hopefully they’ll keep getting better.
Watch these other videos in the series:
Leave me a comment here or on YouTube and let me know what you think my next tutorial should be. And subscribe!!! Thanks!
‘Til the next project,
Ann @ Duct Tape and Denim