While at Clayathon, someone (Sorry! I forget who.) asked me a way to patina silver without using liver of sulfur. LOS is not particularly toxic (well, not any more than lots of chemicals you already have in your house). But, if you have chemical sensitivies, or are out of LOS and want something patinated RIGHT NOW!!!, you can use eggs. (Now you know why eggs smell like that….it’s the sulfur in the yolks.) I poked around the web a little, and found this method on ehow: http://www.ehow.com/how_5023326_oxidize-silver-jewelry-eggs.html.
terri, deputy to the deputy blogger