Great resource: eco-friendly jewelry making:
How to use heat to patina brass charms and filigrees
Great Blog post from Rings & Things:
Make your cleaner from
If you're looking for a way to oxidize sterling silver naturally, a hard-boiled egg will do the trick beautifully.
Each year, over 150 million carats of diamonds are mined from the earth. To find one carat of diamond, many tons of earth need to be removed and processedGreat Ideas for Enviromentally Friendly Patina's:
Using Amonia as a Patina:
Is Amonia safe for the environment? Safer than some...if reused!
Comment: I admit - I love the beautiful turquise that you get when you place copper in an amonia bath - but is it safe for the environment?
Toxicity and storage information about Amonia taken from Wikipedia:
The toxicity of ammonia solutions does not usually cause problems for humans and other mammals, as a specific mechanism exists to prevent its build-up in the bloodstream. Ammonia is converted to
carbamoyl phosphate by the enzyme carbamoyl phosphate synthetase, and then enters the urea cycle to be either incorporated into amino acids or excreted in the urine. However, fish and amphibians lack this mechanism, as they can usually eliminate ammonia from their bodies by direct excretion. Ammonia even at dilute concentrations is highly toxic to aquatic animals, and for this reason it is classified as dangerous for the environment. Ammonium compounds should never be allowed to come in contact with bases (unless in an intended and contained reaction), as dangerous quantities of ammonia gas could be released.
But - the great thing about Amonia is it can be reused - and does not beed to be disposed of... after you are finised with your patina bath - pop the amonia into a spray bottle and clean your windows. Way better than buying the commercial window cleaners - and a great way to reuse!What is the most Environmentally Friendly Metal? See my Discussion Board!
Putting the Green into Green Building
Copper is both literally and figuratively a green building material. Besides its green patina, the metal is environmentally friendly, boasting one of the highest recycling rates of any engineering metal. And, copper shingles will never be discarded or wind up in a landfill. Instead, because of their value, they can be salvaged and recycled.