Product Guide: How to Use Liver of Sulfur
Patina gel is liver of sulfur in a stabilized gel form, making for a long lasting shelf life because it does not degrade in light and air. Patina gel can be made as strong or as weak as needed. A lemon yellow colored mixture is a good starting point. Adjust the strength by using more or less. Always work in a well-ventilated area and wear protective gloves when using any liver of sulfur product!
Stir 1/4 teaspoon of patina gel into a glass or plastic container (not metal) with 6-12 ounces of very hot (NOT boiling) water. Dip the articles into the patina solution, suspend from a bent wire, or use gloves. Once you have the color you desire, remove the articles and soak in a neutralizing solution of water and baking soda for about 5 minutes. Rinse, dry and finish, to prevent the articles from darkening further. CAUTION: It's important that liver of sulfur solution never boils. If it does, toxic sulfur dioxide gas will be released. Also, never heat a patina-treated piece over an open flame, as this will also release the gas.
Mix as above, but use lukewarm water instead of hot water. Dip the items quickly in the solution and remove. Watch as the colors develop. When you see colors you like, immediate immerse the articles in the neutralizing bath to stop the progression.
Rainbow Patina 2.0
Follow the instructions for the Rainbow Patina above, but add 1 tablespoon of ammonia to the solution. The ammonia brightens the colors and makes them pop. Neutralize the pieces after you achieve the colors you like.