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My friend Lisa does a lot to support Wellspring, which is a local organization providing educational opportunities, summer camp, food, etc to people living downtown and in what we call the West Central Neighborhood, which is pretty much downtown. I lived in the west central neighborhood until I was 11 or 12 and love seeing the revitalization currently taking place.
Anyway, she asked me to make something for their upcoming gala. So I put this chainmaille bracelet together.
Before it got to this final point, I texted Lisa with this photo to ask if it was acceptable:
She was thrilled with it. But I decided I wanted it to be less shiny. So I did this to it:
This is after a liver of sulphur bath and a tiny bit of scrubbing with a 0000 piece of steel wool.
After a bit more scrubbing, this is what it looks like compared to a piece of the same chainmaille weave without patina
Patina (which is basically the process of rapidly tarnishing metal) really is personal preference. I like it, but not all the time. I usually don’t love super shiny copper. However, sometimes I do. It really depends on the person making the piece or the person buying the piece.
Once I had steel wooled the bracelet to my satisfaction, I put it in the tumbler for a couple hours. I use one I got from Harbor Freight, but am thinking it’s time to upgrade very soon as this thing doesn’t have enough horse power for how much I use it