Monday, October 1, 2012

How to Wire Wrap an Asymmetrical Pendant and Oxidize it with an Egg

By on Monday, October 01, 2012 4 Comments

Boda Szilvia  is an accomplished wire worker with an Etsy store of the same name. Szilvia (she says Hungarians write their surnames first) also shares a few awesome tutorials on Deviantart.  I particularly liked her tutorial on how to wire wrap an asymmetrical pendant.

It's aclever way to wire wrap using coiled wire accents around a focal bead. Shown above is the back of the pendant which is just as lovely as the front.

In her second tutorial, she goes over how to oxidize the pendant using a hard boiled egg. This is the easiest way to patinate the sterling silver without using liver of sulfur.

Notice she uses the whole egg and a smallish container both of which worked in her favor.  If you're wondering if the white or yolk works best and why a container is best,  please check my past post, Tips on How to Use Boiled Eggs for Metal Oxidation. My experimental results show what you should and should not do. It also explains the science behind the process.

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  1. Thanks for another wonderful tutorial. The pendant is lovely, and her directions appear very clear.

  2. I agree it is an outstanding design! Aren't we lucky she shared?

  3. This is a beautiful tutorial and the end result is awesome. I would like to share a way to patina copper that I have not seen anywhere. I found this absolutely byh accident, as many things are. I wanted to clean some coiled copper beads I made and left out for way too long. I had run out of Barkeepers Friend, which I use as a runny paste that I only dab on, not brush on, and works great to being back the orighinal copper color of wire. I thought that maybe my clear liquid silve cleaner might work so dropped the beads in the basket and left them for 10 minutes or so. Mistake!!! However, the patina was beautiful, so the mistake was really only a wonderful learning experience! I have not tried it on anything else but coppper, but use the silver cleaner dip quite often. It does not have an odor, takes only a few minutes, and is way too easy! Of course, it does not work on craft copper, which is plastic coated. Also, I have not been able to get back to the absolute shiny copper, even with steel wool buffing, but the patina is close to that which I have achieved with traditional methods that take a lot longer.

  4. That is such a cool discovery. Now you have me thinking about doing more experiments!