Last week, I talked about using ammonia to patina bronze.
Here is the final photo after 7 days over the ammonia fumes. I am not very happy with it to be honest. Still, I didn’t achieve the rich turquoise I had hoped for. Perhaps another few days might have worked but I am not sure. In my reading some people suggest using salts to help enhance the colour (perhaps that is a solution, although I have been able to get the blue without the salt on previous attempts, I wonder if the ammonia’s strength decreases over time, the bottle I used is over an year old???).
My approach to life is if you don’t like something change it. So I took my brass brush and some water and brushed the pieces vigorously to remove some of the patina. Voila, a nice antiqued bracelet.
I am satisfied. But have many questions and will try working on the turquoise another time. There are so many things that can be done. Working in metal clay is never dull or boring!!!