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how to tarnish metal

is there a fast way to make metal tarnished? like some sort of solution i could soak it in or something? i tried googleing it but couldnt find much and nobody answered my on craftster. or how about just making it look like its tarnished?

thanks and sorry about the text only post


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Oct. 16th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
Maybe this will help
Oct. 16th, 2006 09:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Maybe this will help
thanks so much, thats awesome :-)
Oct. 16th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
i notice that after swimming, my silver ring is tarnished. maybe (chlorine) bleach?
Feb. 27th, 2011 06:37 pm (UTC)
How to get rid of tarnish on silver
To get rid of tarnish on your silver ring, there are many things you can use:

steel wool (like Brillo© pads without the soap)

sand paper

emery paper or cloth

baking soda

a file



any acidic tarnish removing solution.

You can get any of these items at local stores.
Hope this helps :) xxx

PS. i prefer steel wool, emery cloth, or an acidic tarnish removing solution (ask if your store has any for silver - I'd love to recommend some but unfortunately I only have ones for copper, brass, aluminum, etc.) If you use sand paper, use finer types like 500 or 1000 (you can see the numbers on the back) :)
Feb. 27th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
Re: How to get rid of tarnish on silver
ps: I did a science project on this.. trust me :D
Oct. 16th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
Betadine (iodine) producies a nice color on silver.
Oct. 16th, 2006 11:44 pm (UTC)
My parents were told by a jeweler in a bazaar in Syria that you hold the metal in the flame of a match or burning paper. When you've got enough black soot on it you lightly buff it. It's cheap and looks very authentic.
Oct. 16th, 2006 11:48 pm (UTC)
It depends on the metal.

Vinegar will corrode copper, if you dunk the copper then let it dry without rinsing. I suspect this would work for brass, too.

Clorine bleach will tarnish silver. So will sulphur, but most people don't have sulphur around the house these days.

Iron and non-stainless steel respond to being left in water for several days.

Nothing tarnishes gold, that I'm aware of.

Oct. 17th, 2006 08:46 pm (UTC)
my metals professor told me that bleach will also work on mylar steel.

there are also solutions you can buy for specific metals at any craft store
Oct. 18th, 2006 08:21 am (UTC)
theres sulfur in eggs
there's sulfur in the yolks of eggs, that's why overcooked hardboiled eggs smell bad. I have a vague memory of Martha Stewart saying something about eggs and silver... not sure what though.
Oct. 20th, 2006 02:41 am (UTC)
Re: theres sulfur in eggs
eggs tarnish silverware made of silver. always. so if you've got silver and some eggs...voila!
Oct. 27th, 2006 08:55 am (UTC)
Egg aging
The easiest way to use the egg/silver tarnishing method: Halve a hard boiled egg. Put it in a ziploc bag with the metal to be tarnished. Fridge for a while - check every half hour to hour. I haven't used it in years (since my gothier days) but as I recall, silver left overnight would be solid black...

Also, if you wanna make sure it tarnishs evenly, arrange on a plate and throw in a bigger siploc, though that might take longer. I always liked the slightly uneven 'aged' look though!
Jun. 29th, 2008 03:25 am (UTC)
Re: Egg aging
does the egg thing apply to just sterling silver, or would it work on fake silver? like charms from a craftstore etc?
Jun. 29th, 2008 07:01 am (UTC)
Re: Egg aging
Hmm. Never tried, but it's worth a shot. As long as it's not stainless steel (and therefore not-tarnishable) it might work. After all, a lot of cheap metal charms do tarnish by themselves! ;)
Jeff Fishback
Oct. 24th, 2013 04:05 pm (UTC)
fireworks will tarnish silver
Use spent fireworks or gunpowder. Light the firework or gun powder in or on a hubcap or plate you do not care about. Afterwards, remove the spent powder and mix with a little water. Soak the silver item in the solution checking every 15 seconds. It works fast, so be careful not to over tarnish beyond what you desire.
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