This weekend I finished up a few stamped silver charms I've been working on and decided to give the alternative method a try. It's ridiculously easy:
- Boil an egg.
- Put the hard boiled egg in a plastic bag, shell and all.
- Smash the egg. (I just gave it a quick punch on the counter...quite satisfying, actually.)
- Add the metal pieces to oxidize.
Sure, the sterling is ugly right out of the bag, but the polishing cloth takes care of that quickly. A couple of these charms became part of a mother's necklace for a friend who just had her second baby. I waited to put it together because I wanted to add crystal accents in the birthstone color for each child and you never know until the baby shows up which birthstone color to add! Good thing I waited...the little guy was supposed to make an entrance in mid November but was born in late October.